SEATTLE — David Ortiz is the starting DH for the American League All-Star team, as voted by the fans.
It is the eighth All-Star selection for Ortiz.
“Another year. I’m excited,” Ortiz said. “Thanks to the fans and everybody for voting me in. Now I just have to get ready to put on a good show.”
Ortiz was the only selection from the Red Sox. It’s the fewest for the organization since 2001 when Manny Ramirez was the lone representative. The Sox had six All-Stars last season.
“This is my first time going to the All-Star Game by myself. Hopefully it doesn’t turn out boring. I like to hang out with my boys,” Ortiz said. “You don’t see this ball club having one player going. We’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of stuff we’ve been dealing with. That’s the reason, because we have a lot of All-Star players.”
Ortiz received 4,986,979 votes, fifth-most in the majors, over 1.3 million more than the next designated hitter candidate, Texas’ Michael Young.
The 36-year-old designated hitter was elected to start four straight All-Star Games from 2005-08 (did not play in 2008 due to injury) and also started last season’s exhibition.
Ortiz is the first player to win fan balloting at designated hitter on four occasions, passing Edgar Martinez (1997, 2001, 2003).
In 77 games this year, Ortiz has hit .305 and leads the American League with 45 extra-base hits. He ranks second in the AL in OPS (1.006), doubles (tied, 24) and runs scored (57). He has 21 homers and 53 RBIs.
“I’m happy that we’ve had David,” manager Bobby Valentine said. “David has played like an All-Star and he got selected to that team. It’s fitting. Maybe it’s fitting he’s the only All-Star because he played so consistently well the entire time.
“David has been consistently excellent. When he comes to the plate, everything stops and usually something good happens. He’s been running the bases well. When he played in the field, he played errorless baseball. For this first part of the season, there’s nothing more anyone could ask out of one player and hopefully he’ll stay healthy.”
Ortiz will not participate in the Home Run Derby after captaining the AL to victory last season.
“It’s fun,” he said. “But I’m going to be like the Godfather and just sit down and watch.”
Ortiz believes the Derby sapped him of some energy last season and led to a July slump. “I was out of gas,” he said. “I guess age was catching up to Papi. I need to save my energy for the second half.”
Pitchers: RHP Ryan Cook (Athletics), LHP Matt Harrison (Rangers), RHP Felix Hernandez (Mariners), RHP Jim Johnson (Orioles), RHP Joe Nathan (Rangers), RHP Chris Perez (Indians), LHP David Price (Rays), RHP Fernando Rodney (Rays), LHP CC Sabathia (Yankees), LHP Chris Sale (White Sox), RHP Justin Verlander (Tigers), RHP Jered Weaver (Angels), LHP C.J. Wilson (Angels).
Catchers: Joe Mauer (Twins), Mike Napoli (Rangers), Matt Wieters (Orioles).
Infielders: Elvis Andrus (Rangers), Adrian Beltre (Rangers), Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Robinson Cano (Yankees), Prince Fielder (Tigers), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Ian Kinsler (Rangers), Paul Konerko (White Sox).
Outfielders: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Curtis Granderson (Yankees), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Adam Jones (Orioles), Mike Trout (Angels), Mark Trumbo (Angels).
DHs: Billy Butler (Royals), Adam Dunn (White Sox), David Ortiz (Red Sox).
Final Vote candidates: RHPs Jonathan Broxton (Royals), Yu Darvish (Rangers), Ernesto Frieri (Angels), Jason Hammel (Orioles), Jake Peavy (White Sox).
Starters (as voted by the fans)
Pitchers: RHP Matt Cain (Giants), LHP Aroldis Chapman (Reds), RHP R.A. Dickey (Mets), LHP Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), LHP Cole Hamels (Phillies), RHP Joel Hanrahan (Pirates), LHP Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), RHP Craig Kimbrel (Braves), RHP Lance Lynn (Cardinals), LHP Wade Miley (Diamondbacks), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (Phillies), RHP Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), RHP Huston Street (Padres).
Catchers: Yadier Moina (Cardinals), Buster Posey (Giants), Carlos Ruiz (Phillies).
Infielders: Jose Altuve (Astros), Jose Altuve (Astros), Starlin Castro (Cubs), Ian Desmond (Nationals), Rafael Furcal (Cardinals), Bryan LaHair (Cubs), Pablo Sandoval (Giants), Dan Uggla (Braves), Joey Votto (Reds), David Wright (Mets).
Outfielders: Carlos Beltran (Cardinals), Ryan Braun (Brewers), Jay Bruce (Reds), Melky Cabrera (Giants), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins).
Final Vote candidates: OF Michael Bourn (Braves), 3B David Freese (Cardinals), OF Bryce Harper (Nationals), 2B Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks), 3B Chipper Jones (Braves)
Starters (as voted by the fans)