The 2010 American League and National League All-Stars will be unveiled exclusively this Sunday, July 4th on TBS at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on the 2010 MLB All-Star Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell. The hour-long telecast will precede TBS coverage of the 1:00 p.m. (EDT) game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
The 2010 MLB All-Star Selection Show Presented by Taco Bell will be hosted by Matt Winer along with 19-time A.L. All-Star and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., six-time A.L. All-Star and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, and three-time A.L. All-Star David Wells in Atlanta . The show will feature segments with A.L. All-Star manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees and N.L. All-Star manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The American League All-Star Team will have nine starters elected via the fan balloting program, while the National League All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads â totaling 25 for the N.L. and 24 for the A.L. â will be determined through a combination of âPlayer Ballotâ choices and selections made by Girardi and Manuel, in conjunction with Major League Baseball .
Immediately following the announcement of the A.L. and N.L. All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each Leagueâs 34-man roster via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint. Fans will cast their votes exclusively online at MLB.com from a list of five players from each League over a four-day period and the winners will be announced after the voting concludes on Thursday, July 8th. Now in its sixth year, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on their mobile phones, exclusive to Sprint subscribers. The final phase of All-Star Game voting at MLB.com will have fans again participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
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