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MLB All-Star finalists: Houston Astros have MLB-best seven players eligible to start

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The Major League Baseball All-Star ballot finalists have been released, meaning the 2021 Mid-Summer Classic is right around the corner.

Three players from each infield position made the cut for the finalist list, along with nine outfielders from each league. (Pitchers are not voted on by the fans.)

The Houston Astros have a major league-best seven finalists to start. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays each have five finalists.

This year's contest between the National League and American League – moved from its original host site in Georgia earlier this year after the state passed restrictive voting laws – will take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, July 13. The Home Run Derby will be held one day earlier, with the Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, Pete Alonso (New York Mets) and Trey Mancini (Baltimore Orioles) committing to participate so far.

MLB All-Star Game finalists

National League

Catcher: Buster Posey (Giants), Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Willson Contreras (Cubs)

First base: Max Muncy (Dodgers), Freddie Freeman (Braves), Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)

Second base: Ozzie Albies (Braves), Adam Frazier (Pirates), Gavin Lux (Dodgers)

Third base: Kris Bryant (Cubs), Nolan Arenado (Cardinals), Justin Turner (Dodgers)

Shortstop: Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres), Javier Báez (Cubs), Brandon Crawford (Giants)

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. tosses his bat after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. tosses his bat after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Outfield: Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves), Nick Castellanos (Reds), Jesse Winker (Reds), Mookie Betts (Dodgers), Chris Taylor (Dodgers), Juan Soto (Nationals), Bryce Harper (Phillies), Joc Pederson (Cubs), Mike Yastrzemski (Giants)

American League

Catcher: Salvador Perez (Royals), Yasmani Grandal (White Sox), Martín Maldonado (Astros)

First base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays), Yuli Gurriel (Astros), José Abreu (White Sox)

Second base: Marcus Semien (Blue Jays), José Altuve (Astros), DJ LeMahieu (Yankees)

Third base: Rafael Devers (Red Sox), Alex Bregman (Astros), Yoan Moncada (White Sox)

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), Bo Bichette (Blue Jays), Carlos Correa (Astros)

Designated hitter: J.D. Martinez (Red Sox), Yordan Álvarez (Astros), Ohtani

Outfield: Mike Trout (Angels), Aaron Judge (Yankees), Byron Buxton (Twins), Michael Brantley (Astros), Adolis García (Rangers), Teoscar Hernández (Blue Jays), Cedric Mullins (Orioles), Alex Verdugo (Red Sox), Randal Grichuk (Blue Jays).

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB All-Star Game ballot finalists include Shohei Ohtani, Tatis Jr.