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The players
(Statistics through Tuesday's games)

American League | National League

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Starting Outfielders
Ichiro Suzuki - Seattle Mariners
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 160
Age: 27, born Oct. 22, 1973
Bats: Left Throws: Right
His season: The first Japanese position player in the major leagues, the sultan of slap is a threat to break George Sisler's 81-year-old record for hits in a season.
All-star appearances: First
Personal: An icon in Japan after winning seven batting titles there, Ichiro has electrified Mariners fans in only a few months.
Nicknames: "The Wizard" (in U.S.), "Elvis" (in Japan).
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.352 72 129 19 7 4 39 28 .475
Manny Ramirez - Boston Red Sox
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205
Age: 29, born May 30, 1972
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Another great season for Ramirez, even though he is faced with the pressure of making up for the loss of injured teammate Nomar Garciaparra.
All-star appearances: Fifth
Personal: A very private person, Ramirez rarely speaks to the media. It's rumored he likes to raid the locker room's lost and found for any cool stuff that may have been left behind.
Nickname: "The Freak."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.334 57 105 19 2 25 82 0 .646
Juan Gonzalez - Cleveland Indians
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220
Age: 31, born Oct. 16, 1969
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Signed a one-year deal with the Indians after a disappointing season with the Tigers, is playing his way toward a fat contract after this season.
All-star appearances: Third
Personal: Involved in many charities in his native Puerto Rico. Has three children, including a son named Juan Igor.
Nicknames: "Igor," "Juan Gone."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.342 57 102 18 0 21 75 1 .614
Starting Catcher
Ivan Rodriguez - Texas Rangers
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 205
Age: 29, born Nov. 30, 1971
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: The batting average is a little lower than his career average (.303), but he's hit with power and, as usual, has shut down opponents' running games.
All-star appearances: Tenth
Personal: Married to Maribel Rivera on June 20, 1981, the day he was promoted to the major leagues. They have three children.
Nickname: "Pudge."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.295 43 79 14 2 17 42 6 .552
Starting Shortstop
Alex Rodriguez - Texas Rangers
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 210
Age: 25, born July 27, 1975
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Just another MVP-caliber season for Rodriguez, regarded by many as the best all-around player in the game. Only flaw is an unusually high number of errors. Well, that and all the losses.
All-star appearances: Fifth
Personal: Founded the Alex Rodriguez Foundation in 1998, works extensively with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.317 72 101 19 1 24 69 4 .608
Starting Designated Hitter
Edgar Martinez - Seattle Mariners
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 210
Age: 38, born Jan. 2, 1963
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Steady Edgar is on track for his sixth season with at least 25 home runs and 100 RBI.
All-star appearances: Sixth
Personal: Family man and father figure in the clubhouse, "Papa" is a huge fan favorite.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.305 49 83 27 0 12 65 3 .537
Starting First Baseman
John Olerud - Seattle Mariners
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 220
Age: Age: 32, born Aug. 5, 1968
Bats: Left Throws: Left
His season: Olerud is turning in another Gold Glove-worthy performance in the field and one of his most productive seasons as the Mariners' new cleanup hitter.
All-star appearances: Second
Personal: Interlake High School graduate was Baseball America's college player of the year in 1988 at Washington State, where he was the Cougars' best pitcher (15-0, 2.49) and hitter (.464).
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.317 52 91 16 1 10 56 2 .484
Starting Second Baseman
Bret Boone - Seattle Mariners
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190
Age: 32, born April 6, 1969
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: After adding muscle with offseason workouts, Boone is flexing them with career-best power numbers.
All-star appearances: Second
Personal: Member of the first three-generation family in baseball history. Grandfather Ray and father Bob had long major-league careers, and brother Aaron plays for Cincinnati.
Nickname: "Boonie."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.328 62 105 17 2 22 82 2 .600
Starting Third Baseman
Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220
Age: 40, born Aug. 24, 1960
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Ripken, playing his last season, is struggling at the plate. Farewell tour stops at Safeco Field Sept. 7-9.
All-star appearances: Nineteenth
Personal: Ripken and his wife Kelly have two children, a daughter born after the 1989 season, and a son during an off-day in '93, in the middle of Ripken's streak of 2,632 consecutive games played.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.229 21 49 7 0 4 26 0 .318
American League Manager
Joe Torre - New York Yankees
Torre selected seven members of his New York Yankees to the All-Star roster, more than any team in either league.
Starting Pitchers
Roger Clemens, New York Yankees
Eric Milton, Minnesota Twins
Freddy Garcia, Seattle Mariners
Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees
Joe Mays, Minnesota Twins
First Base Reserves
Tony Clark, Detroit Tigers
Jason Giambi, Oakland Athletics
Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals
Second Base Reserves
Roberto Alomar, Cleveland Indians
Shortstop Reserves
Christian Guzman, Minnesota Twins
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Third Base Reserves
Troy Glaus, Anaheim Angels
Catcher Reserves
Jorge Posada, New York Yankees
Outfield Reserves
Bernie Williams, New York Yankees
Magglio Ordonez, Chicago White Sox
Mike Cameron, Seattle Mariners
Relievers
Mike Stanton, New York Yankees
Troy Percival, Anaheim Angels
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Paul Quantrill, Toronto Blue Jays
Kazuhiro Sasaki, Seattle Mariners
Jeff Nelson, Seattle Mariners
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Starting Outfielders
Barry Bonds - San Francisco Giants
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210
Age: 36, born July 24, 1964
Bats: Left Throws: Left
His season: The nation's eyes are on Bonds as he chases Mark McGwire's single-season home run record.
All-star appearances: Tenth
Personal: Father is former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, godfather is former Giants great and Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Married with three children.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.299 63 72 14 0 39 71 6 .842
Sammy Sosa - Chicago Cubs
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 225
Age: 32, born Nov. 12, 1968
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Ranks in the top five in both home runs and runs-batted-in among NL hitters.
All-star appearances: Fifth
Personal: Started the Sammy Sosa Foundation to raise funds for underprivileged children in Chicago and his native Dominican Republic.
Nickname: "Slammin' Sammy."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.304 64 87 21 1 27 76 0 .668
Luis Gonzalez - Arizona Diamondbacks
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 180
Age: 33, born Sept. 3, 1967
Bats: Left Throws: Right
His season: A strong candidate for NL MVP, as he is either first, second or third in the league in five categories (batting average, home runs, hits, RBI and runs scored).
All-star appearances: First
Personal: Gonzalez and his wife, Christine, have triplets. A room in the family home is decorated with arcade and pinball machines.
Nickname: "Mr. Gadget."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.356 75 113 15 4 35 84 1 .760
Starting Catcher
Mike Piazza - New York Mets
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215
Age: 32, born Sept. 4, 1968
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Currently sidelined with a broken big toe on his left foot that might keep him out of the game, Piazza is hitting well below his lifetime average of .328.
All-star appearances: Ninth
Personal: Drafted by Dodgers in the 62nd round, mainly as a favor to his father, a close friend of L.A. Manager Tommy Lasorda. An avid drummer, has appeared on stage at Anthrax and Motorhead concerts.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.269 40 72 10 0 20 45 0 .530
Starting Shortstop
Rich Aurilia - San Francisco Giants
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 170
Age: 29, born Sept. 2, 1971
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: In breakthrough season, has battled for NL batting lead all year.
All-star appearances: First
Personal: Graduated from Xavier High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended St. John's University. Hit first interleague home run in major-league history in 1997 off Angels pitcher Allen Watson, a former high school opponent in Brooklyn.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.356 51 112 24 3 12 35 0 .565
Starting First Baseman
Todd Helton - Colorado Rockies
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 206
Age: 27, born Aug. 20, 1973
Bats: Left Throws: Left
His season: Defending NL batting champion having another strong year, among league leaders in runs, doubles, RBI.
All-star appearances: Second
Personal: Preceded Peyton Manning as quarterback at the University of Tennessee, where he also led the Vols into the College World Series. He set 19 school records as a pitcher/first baseman.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.320 77 96 29 0 25 82 3 .667
Starting Second Baseman
Jeff Kent - San Francisco Giants
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205
Age: 33, born March 7, 1968
Bats: Right Throws: Right
His season: Power numbers are down from last year's MVP season (.334, 33 HR, 125 RBI) but he's headed for his fifth straight season of better than 100 RBI.
All-star appearances: Third
Personal: Motocross enthusiast, owns three motorcycles. College teammate of Boston outfielder Darren Lewis at Cal-Berkeley, leading the Bears into College World Series in 1988.
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.289 44 88 22 3 12 61 3 .500
Starting Third Baseman
Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210
Age: 29, born April 24, 1972
Bats: Both Throws: Right
His season: Another typical Chipper Jones year so far, leading the Braves in home runs and RBI.
All-star appearances: Fifth
Personal: Enjoys hunting and fishing. Born Larry Wayne Jones Jr., was nicknamed "Chipper" because relatives said he looked like his father and was a "chip off the old block."
Avg. R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SLG
.314 63 90 16 3 23 61 5 .631
National League Manager
Bobby Valentine - New York Mets
Valentine selected nine first-time All-Stars to fill out the National League roster.
Starting Pitchers
Curt Schilling, Arizona Diamondbacks
John Burkett, Atlanta Braves
Mike Hampton, Colorado Rockies
Ben Sheets, Milwaukee Brewers
John Lieber, Chicago Cubs
Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Morris, St. Louis Cardinals
Chan Ho Park, Los Angeles Dodgers
First Base Reserves
Sean Casey, Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Klesko, San Diego Padres
Shortstop Reserves
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
Third Base Reserves
Phil Nevin, San Diego Padres
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Catcher Reserves
Charles Johnson, Florida Marlins
Outfield Reserves
Moises Alou, Houston Astros
Brian Giles, Pittsburgh Pirates
Vladimir Guerrero, Montreal Expos
Lance Berkman, Houston Astros
Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies
Cliff Floyd, Florida Marlins
Relievers
Jeff Shaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Billy Wagner, Houston Astros




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