The 2012 MLB All-Star Game roster were announced Sunday, and for the first time since 2001 just one Boston Red Sox will be representing the franchise in the Summer Classic. Designated hitter David Ortiz earned enough fan votes to earn a start for the American League team in Kansas City on July 10.
Ortiz, who has compiled a .305 batting average with 21 home runs and 53 RBI in the first half of the season, will be playing in his eighth All-Star Game. This will be his third straight Summer Classic appearance.
Big Papi, however, was the only Red Sox named to the All-Star exhibition and thanked fans, via Twitter, for their support.
thanks for all the votes fans ... proud to be reppin #RedSoxNation at the allstar game ... much love 34— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) July 1, 2012
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