2015 MLB All Star Game Final Rosters


The full roster for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game is finally released, and only a week remains until the first pitch is thrown. While there are plenty of questions surrounding the all-star games in the other two major American professional sports, the MLB All-Star game has remained a fantastic event. The fact that the winning league receives home field advantage during the World Series might infuriate some, but it has kept a competitive element to the game, and draws interest from thousands of more fans because the final score has legitimate consequences.

One thing that is clear from the final rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star game, is that Royalsmania has not slowed down since their unbelievable World Series run last season. The Royals fan voting put 6 players on the American League roster, more than any other team in the majors. While some may discount the legitimacy of the Royals voting, you cannot discount the franchise as having one of the best fan bases in any sport right now.

Below is a final list of the Rosters for both teams.

AL Starters

C Salvador Perez, Royals
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (will not play due to injury)
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alcides Escobar, Royals
3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (overall vote leader)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Lorenzo Cain, Royals
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners

AL Pitchers

RHP Sonny Gray, Athletics
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Chris Archer, Rays
LHP David Price, Tigers
LHP Dallas Keuchel, Astros
LHP Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP Brad Boxberger, Rays
RHP Kelvin Herrera, Royals
RHP Wade Davis, Royals
RHP Darren O’Day, Orioles
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
LHP Zach Britton, Orioles

AL Reserves

C Russell Martin, Blue Jays
C Stephen Vogt, Athletics
1B Albert Pujols, Angels (starting in place of Cabrera)
1B Prince Fielder, Rangers
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera)
2B Jason Kipnis, Indians
SS Jose Iglesias, Tigers
3B Manny Machado, Orioles
OF J.D. Martinez, Tigers
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF Adam Jones, Orioles
UTIL Brock Holt, Red Sox

NL Starters

C Buster Posey, Giants
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Dee Gordon, Marlins
SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
OF Bryce Harper, Nationals (leading vote-getter in NL)
OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals (injured, participation questionable)
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (injured, will not play)

NL Pitchers

RHP Max Scherzer, Nationals
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
RHP Gerrit Cole, Pirates
RHP Michael Wacha, Cardinals
RHP Jacob deGrom, Mets
RHP Shelby Miller, Braves
RHP A.J. Burnett, Pirates
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals
RHP Mark Melancon, Pirates
RHP Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
NL Final Vote Candidates
RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
RHP Jeurys Familia, Mets
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

NL Reserves

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
C Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers
1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
2B Joe Panik, Giants
SS Brandon Crawford, Giants
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
3B Kris Bryant, Cubs (replaces injured Stanton)
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (starting in place of the injured Stanton)
OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers
OF Justin Upton, Padres
OF A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks

Did the fans get it right? Who got left out?



Wimbledon Prize Money Increases 8% In 2015


Every Wimbledon tournament is special. The grass court, the all-white, and the legacy of the oldest professional tennis tournament combine to create an aura around the All England Club that sets Wimbledon apart from the other 3 Tennis Major’s. In 2015, Wimbledon will also have another distinction, it will be the highest paid tennis tournament of the year. While Wimbledon has historically had very lucrative payouts, the tournament announced that the prize money received an 8% increase from last year. The increase pushes Wimbledon past the French Open and the U.S. Open, despite payout increases for both of those tournaments as well. The overall winnings for each of the Men’s and Women’s singles fields from the 2015 Championships at Wimbledon will fall just over $16,100,000, or £10,330,000. The total prize money for the entire tournament eclipses $41 Million (£26.7m).

Wimbledon Prize Money by round

It may go without saying, but the prize money at Wimbledon increases drastically as the tournament moves into the later rounds. Advancing through the first few rounds of Wimbledon will give players between a 40-50% increase in earnings. That all changes for the two players who reach the finals. The players in the tournament final will each receive double the earnings of that of the semi-final losers, with the tournament champion bringing home 4 times the semi-final amount. Wimbledon pays both the Men’s and Women’s field equally.

 STAGES  Mens Singles Women Singles
Winners $2,933,661.73 (£1.88m) $2,933,661.73 (£1.88m)
Runner-ups $1,466,984.95 (£940,000) $1,466,984.95 (£940,000)
Semi-Finalists $733,492.47 (£470,000) $733,492.47 (£470,000)
Quarter-Finalists $376,139.02 (£241,000) $376,139.02 (£241,000)
4th Round $198,214.34 (£127,000) $198,214.34 (£127,000)
3rd Round $120,176.22 (£77,000) $120,176.22 (£77,000)
2nd Round $73,354.31 (£47,000) $73,354.31 (£47,000)
1st Round $45,248.77 (£29,000) $45,248.77 (£29,000)
Round TOTAL $16,123,575.95 (£10.33m) $16,123,575.95 (£10.33m)

Wimbledon Prize Money vs. French Open Prize Money 2015

Wimbledon is more lucrative for both Men and Women players than the French Open. The total prize money for the French Open for each field was just over $11.5 Million (€10.4m). A complete round by round comparison can be seen below.

Winners $2,933,661.73 (£1.88m) $1,995,128.75 (€180,0000)
Runner-ups $1,466,984.95 (£940,000) $997,614.31 (€900,000)
Semi-Finalists $733,492.47 (£470,000) $498,763.93 (€450,000)
Quarter-Finalists $376,139.02 (£241,000) $160,693.64 (€250,000)
4th Round $198,214.34 (£127,000) $160,726.95 (€145,000)
3rd Round $120,176.22 (£77,000) $94,199.72 (€85,000)
2nd Round $73,354.31 (£47,000) $55,411.80 (€50,000)
1st Round $45,248.77 (£29,000) $29,925.83 (€27,000)
Round TOTAL $16,123,575.95 (£10.33m) $11,582,676.58 (€10,448,000)



ESPYS – Open to the Public


If you’re into sports (even just a little), odds are you already know what the ESPYS are. The ESPYS are like the Golden Globes and Oscars rolled into one, except featuring some of the world’s best athletes and most awe-inspiring stories of the year.

But did you know the ESPYS are open to the public?

The event boasts an all-star lineup of the world’s best athletes and entertainers recapping and celebrating the greatest sports moments of the year, but it’s not just for those big names. Tickets are as low as $75 and there truly is no bad seat in the house, so you can be right in the middle of the action too.
Taking place at the newly named Microsoft Theatre (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), the 7,100-seat concert and special events venue (which is also host to other awards shows like BET Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and others), offers an incredible unobstructed view from any seat in the house. The ESPYS isn’t just about seeing what’s happening on the stage, but about feeling it.

While no official release has been sent out, there is no doubt the sports-station will honor one of its own, Stuart Scott, who passed away earlier this year after losing his battle with cancer. If I know the higher-ups at ESPN at all, they are going to pull out all the stops to honor this sportscaster and reporting legend, as they should. And if you don’t believe me, take a peak at what ‘SportsCenter’ did to honor and pay homage to their dear friend shortly after his passing.

No doubt a potential Stuart Scott tribute won’t be the only tear-jerker, you also have Danielle Green, former Notre Dame basketball standout, who will be receiving the Pat Tillman award for service.

Just like every other awards show, you’ll also have some hilarious moments, especially with host Joel McHale at the helm. Comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale, most widely known for hosting The Soup on E! as well as his role on Community, is a big sports fan and known for his hilarious anecdotes. A former athlete himself, McHale was on the University of Washington’s football team for more than a year after originally being recruited for the school’s rowing program.
The ESPYS takes place on Wednesday, July 15th at 5pm and airs LIVE on ABC. Tickets can be purchased but and here are just a few things to keep in mind before heading out to the event.

Being fashionably late is not acceptable here.

The doors close promptly at 4:45p and since it’s Los Angeles, parking will be a nightmare. Your best bet is to grab a taxi or Uber, or you can valet at JW Marriott and walk through the lobby to get to the show (last year’s valet was $45).
JW Marriott is the media hotel for the ESPYS, so you’ll want to at least walk through the lobby to see how decked out it is – hologram logos on the walls and floors, ESPYS-branded pillows and décor, photobooths tagged by ESPN at the bar, athletes and celebs walking through the lobby and much more. While security is understandably tight during those few days, the restaurant and bar are open to the public, so stop by.

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