LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Pete Alonso was in the visitors’ locker room at Truist Park last week when an assistant asked a perplexing question: Will New York Mets slugger take a call from Atlanta Braves boss Brian Sneaker?
“Why is the opposing manager calling me?” Alonso thought.
He quickly figured it out. Snitkar was preparing to become manager of the National League in the All-Star Game and had an important question, based on a fan-friendly rule change, which will be presented in this issue.
If the scores are leveled after nine innings in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, Alonso will agree to participate in a new tiebreaker system, a home run derby to decide the winning team.
“That would be the same,” replied Alonso. “I think it will be fun. I think it will be a great event if it happens.”
Alonso was unaware of the new format, in which three players from each league would make three attempts each to decide the final result. He was not the only one to discover the surprise.
“Will that really happen?” Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton asked. “This is new to me”.
Snitker also picked Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. and Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber for the National League, while Houston Astros’ Dusty Baker picked Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez and Ty France along with Kyle Tucker from Houston for the Americans.
With the popular All-Star Home Run Derby the night before the game, Major League Baseball decided to introduce a hit extravaganza as part of the midseason classic.
To be sure, many fans can now root for a tie to be able to enjoy a series of long drives.
are you going to do it? It will be fun,” said Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman. “We have Pete Alonso and Ronald, so I like our chances.”
The provision that opened the way for this innovation was buried in Annex 13 of the Memorandum of Understanding, which resolved the owners’ strike of large companies on 10 March.