Cal Ripken tried not to follow the All-Star voting too closely, and joked two weekends ago about what he might be doing during the All-Star break.
Ripken found out today he would be starting at shortstop for the American League in Minneapolis Tuesday, having received more votes than any other AL player, 1,398,901.
Ripken and first baseman Eddie Murray, who overtook perennial winner Rod Carew in the final days of fans' voting, will represent the Baltimore Orioles.
They will join starting infielders George Brett of Kansas City at third base and Detroit second baseman Lou Whitaker. The American League outfield will consist of Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield of New York, and Boston's Jim Rice, who held on in late voting to move California's Reggie Jackson out of a starting spot. Detroit's Lance Parrish will be the starting catcher.
It will be the fifth appearance, but first start, for Murray and the second start for Ripken, who beat out Detroit's Alan Trammell by a two-to-one margin. "It's kind of surprising that I led everybody in voting," Ripken said. "It's hard to really understand what 1.3 million votes really represent. It's a great big number, certainly."
In winning for the first time, Murray received 778,477 votes to Carew's 728,070.
It will be the 10th consecutive start for Brett, the third straight and fifth overall for Winfield. Henderson, Murray and Rice were the only ones who did not start in 1984.
Pitchers named to the team were Jack Morris, Dan Petry and Willie Hernandez of Detroit, Dave Stieb and Jim Key of Toronto, Donnie Moore of California, Jay Howell of Oakland and New York's Ron Guidry.
However, Guidry declined the invitation -- though managers chose him unanimously -- because he is scheduled to pitch Sunday against Texas and could not throw Tuesday.
The National League announced its pitching staff today: New York's Dwight Gooden, making his second appearance; St. Louis' Joaquin Andujar, who leads the major leagues in victories with 15; Houston's Nolan Ryan; Los Angeles' Fernando Valenzuela; San Francisco's Scott Garrelts and Montreal's Jeff Reardon.