LOS ANGELES -- With Major League Baseball a week away from announcing its All-Star Game rosters, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is busy preparing for his duty of naming the additional National League reserves and Final Vote candidates.
Matheny said he has already begun compiling a list of deserving players at each position, as well as looked ahead to which pitchers may be unable to participate in the game because they are starting on the final Sunday before the break. He has remained in regular contact, too, with the league office, which keeps him abreast on fan voting totals more often than they are publically released.
Matheny expects to know the results of the player/manager/coach vote midweek and will learn of the final fan vote numbers a few days later. He is then responsible for filling out the rest of the roster and making sure every team is represented.
"You can start guessing along with who might be voted with the players and match that up with the fan vote and then break it down team by team," Matheny said. "I have enjoyed doing that."
He said some other NL managers have begun lobbying for particular players through "various mediums," and Matheny expects to hear from some directly this week. With MLB executive and former manager Joe Torre stopping by Dodger Stadium on Sunday, Matheny took the opportunity to ask Torre a few procedural questions about the All-Star Game.
"He's always had a door wide open," Matheny said. "I'm sure I'll be calling him again before that time comes just getting some general ideas about putting a roster together and some of the other things he has done a time or two. "
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, at 10:59 p.m. CT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.
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