ST. LOUIS • Unlike many of the players selected for the 82nd All-Star Game next week in Phoenix, the St. Louis Cardinals players have elected not to adorn their jerseys and hats with the MLB-approved star labels.
Teams were issued gold stars to place on the jerseys and hats of players selected for the midsummer exhibition.
Cardinals outfielders Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman and catcher Yadier Molina did not have the stars on their jerseys and hats on Wednesday. Cincinnati All-Stars Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto and many other All-Stars around the league did take the stars, with the patches flanking the MLB logo on the back of his jersey and cap.
The Cardinals' All-Stars reached out to their union rep, pitcher Kyle McClellan, to determine if they had to wear the stars or could elect not to have them placed on their jersey. McClellan received word from the union in an email this week that it was at the "player's choice."
Philadelphia and the New York Yankees were two of the teams who, like the Cardinals, elected not to star their hats and jerseys.
All-Stars also have the All-Star Game logo on the side of their hats.
"They didn't want to be different than everybody else," McClellan said. "The agreement was that it was something that could be done if the player wanted to."