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Active players with most MLB All-Star selections

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The great Hank Aaron was selected as an All-Star in a record 21 of his 23 MLB seasons. Willie Mays and Stan Musial were right behind him, with All-Star appearances in 20 seasons apiece. But who are the active leaders in All-Star appearances? Which current players have been to the Midsummer Classic the most?

Here’s a look at every active player with seven or more All-Star appearances. There are others who may join this list very soon — Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Manny Machado, for example, currently have six All-Star selections each.

Be sure to cast your vote for this year’s MLB All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on July 11.

1. Mike Trout, 10
Trout, widely considered the greatest player in the game over the past decade, has been an All-Star in 10 of his first 12 Major League seasons, and the only two years he wasn’t were 2011 — when he made his big league debut three days before the All-Star Game — and 2020, when there wasn’t an All-Star game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By his age-30 season, Trout was already a three-time MVP and had already hit more than 300 home runs, stolen more than 200 bases and cracked the top-65 in all-time WAR (Baseball Reference).

T-2. Justin Verlander, 9
Verlander continues to defy time, earning his ninth All-Star selection at age 39 in 2022, a season for he was named the NL Cy Young Award winner after posting a Major League-best 1.75 ERA over 28 starts for the Astros. The 2011 American League MVP and a three-time AL Cy Young Award winner overall, Verlander won his first two Cy Young honors eight years apart (2011 and ’19), showing the durability and dominance of his long career. After appearing in the World Series with the Tigers in 2012, Verlander finally won a World Series ring with the Astros in ’17, taking home AL Championship Series MVP honors. He helped the Astros win another World Series title in ’22.

T-2. Clayton Kershaw, 9
Despite injuries limiting him over the past few seasons, Kershaw continues to be dominant, if not quite as dominant as he was at his peak from 2011-17, when he won three Cy Young Awards and the 2014 National League MVP Award and was named an All-Star each year. The future Hall of Famer was an All-Star again in 2019 and ’22.

T-4. Max Scherzer, 8
Scherzer was a late bloomer, but when he bloomed, he became one of the most overpowering starting pitchers in the game, winning an AL Cy Young Award with the Tigers in 2013, and two more with the Nationals in 2016 and ’17. He was named an All-Star every year from 2013-19, and again in ’21 after there was no Midsummer Classic in the pandemic-shortened ’20 campaign. He led the Majors with 852 strikeouts from 2016-18, and reached the 3,000-K milestone in ’21.

T-4. Craig Kimbrel, 8
Kimbrel recorded 332 saves from 2011-18, when he was one of the most dominant closers in baseball. Seven of his eight All-Star selections came in that span — four with the Braves and three with the Red Sox, with whom he won a World Series in 2018. Injuries plagued him from 2019-20, but he bounced back in ’21, posting a 2.26 ERA for the Cubs and White Sox.

T-4. Jose Altuve, 8
Altuve established himself as one of baseball’s elite hitters with three batting titles, an MVP Award and six All-Star appearances in his first eight seasons. He had a pair of subpar seasons, by his standards, in 2019 and ’20, hitting .276/.334/.493. But he bounced back with a strong ’21 campaign, launching a career-high 31 homers to go along with an .839 OPS and another All-Star selection. And in ’22, he was even better, posting a .921 OPS with 28 homers and 18 steals during his eighth All-Star season.

T-7. Nelson Cruz, 7
The ageless wonder, Cruz is belting home runs all the way into his 40’s now, and with his prodigious power, he racked up six of his seven All-Star selections from age 32-40. Over that nine-season span, he hit 319 homers while playing for five teams. His first All-Star nod came in 2009 with the Rangers, and he helped Texas reach the World Series in each of the next two seasons, garnering ALCS MVP honors after launching an LCS record six homers against the Tigers in 2011.

T-7. Aroldis Chapman, 7
Chapman’s blazing fastball and wicked slider led to four consecutive All-Star selections from 2012-15 with the Reds. After a trade to the Yankees, followed by a trade to the Cubs, whom he helped win the franchise’s first World Series title in 108 years, Chapman returned to the Yankees and was named an All-Star three more times, in 2018, ’19 and ’21.

T-7. Salvador Perez, 7
Though he’s only truly tapped into his enormous power recently — he tied a franchise record by smashing 48 homers in 2021 — Perez earned the first of seven All-Star nods back in 2013, when he was just 23 years old. The next year, he helped lead the Royals to their first World Series in nearly 30 years, and in ’15, he was the MVP of the Fall Classic as Kansas City won it all for the first time since 1985. He was an All-Star in both seasons, as well as the next three before his most recent appearance in the Midsummer Classic in ’21.

T-7. Chris Sale, 7
Before injuries began to take their toll, Sale was an All-Star in every season from 2012-18 — he was named to the Midsummer Classic five times with the White Sox and twice with the Red Sox, whom he helped win the World Series in five games over the Dodgers in ’18. Though he was a Cy Young Award candidate every season over that seven-year span, he hasn’t won one yet, finishing runner-up in ’17, when he led the Majors in strikeouts (308) and innings pitched (214 1/3).

T-7. Paul Goldschmidt, 7
Goldschmidt was an All-Star in six consecutive seasons with the D-backs from 2013-18, when he established himself as one of the elite first basemen in baseball. Over that period, he posted a 150 OPS+ with 181 home runs and won three of his four career Gold Glove Awards. He followed that with a couple of down years by his standards at the plate, but was rejuvenated in ’21, when he smashed 31 homers with an .879 OPS for the Cardinals. He was then named a starter at first base for the ’22 All-Star Game during a season for which he would be named NL MVP.

T-7. Bryce Harper, 7
Harper was so hyped out of high school, and lived up to that hype to such a degree, that he actually became somewhat underrated despite two NL MVP Awards and seven All-Star selections (2012-13, ’15-18, and ’22). But he continues to travel a Hall of Fame trajectory, one that will probably include many more All-Star appearances on his resume before it’s all said and done. He added an NL Championship Series MVP Award to his trophy shelf after his postseason heroics helped the Phillies reach the 2022 World Series.

T-7. Nolan Arenado, 7
Arenado has been the definition of consistency — you can pencil him in for 30-40 home runs and 100-plus RBIs year after year, to go along with tremendous defense at the hot corner and, yes, an All-Star selection. The 10-time Gold Glove Award winner was named an All-Star in seven of eight seasons from 2015-22, and the only year in that span he wasn’t at the Midsummer Classic was when there was no All-Star Game in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

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