Four rookies will be participating in this year's All-Star series: Daiki Enokida (HAN), Kazuhisa Makita (SEI), Yuki Saito (HAM), and Hirokazu Sawamura (YOM). This marks the 6th time four or more rookies made it to the All-Star roster, first since 1999.
Note: No rookies made it to the roster last year and Tadashi Settsu (SOF) was the only rookie on the All-Star roster in 2009.
Sawamura is the first Yomiuri Giant rookie to make the All-Star roster since Hiroshi Kisanuki in 2003.
Koji Akiyama has mentioned that Saito will probably pitch in the 3rd game of the All-Star series (7/24). The buzz right now is that Saito could relieve starter Masahiro Tanaka.