MLB All-Star Game: Best/Worst 1st-Timers

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Jul 2, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross (right) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate one another after Ross threw a complete game shutout of the Cincinnati Reds to beat them 3-0 at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Of the picks announced Sunday for the 85th All-Star Game at Minneapolis’ Target Field, 25 of them are first-time selections.

That’s down from the whopping 39 newly minted All-Stars from last year’s game at Citi Field, but there’s still time for the number to grow, considering there will be injury replacements and pitchers having to be added to fill in for those who are scheduled to start Sunday’s games.

In fact, it’s the fewest first-time All-Stars since there were 18 in 2007.

There are two truths about All-Star Game selections, regardless of sport:

  1. Some of them, in a perfect world, would not be there.
  2. Everyone’s list with regard to Item 1 above will be different.

Here are the three best and the three worst of this year’s crop of first-time All-Stars:

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Tags: 2014 MLB All-Star Game Charlie Blackmon Jonathan Lucroy Josh Donaldson Josh Harrison Masahiro Tanaka Tyson Ross

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