Later today, the rosters will be announced for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held on Tuesday, July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego. As manager of the reigning National League champions, and therefore the National League All-Star team, Terry Collins will be naming the reserves to the NL squad. While he hasn’t made any promises, it seems likely that he will be naming one of his Mets players, Jeurys Familia, to the team.
Familia is having another excellent season, going 29-for-29 in save opportunities, and a 152 ERA+ without giving up a home run this season. Last year, Familia was having a similarly great season, but wasn’t selected to the All-Star team. While Collins wouldn’t guarantee a spot for Familia, his language was pretty clear that Familia was in line to make the team.
The manager of the National League team gets to choose five pitchers and four position players for the squad, which supplements the 16 players chosen by the Player Ballot, as well as the starting lineup, voted on by the fans. MLB.com has a nice primer on the selection process, for those who want to learn more.
Fellow Met Yoenis Cespedes will likely be elected by the fans to the roster, with over 2.24 million votes, good for the third spot in the National League outfield.