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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Who must watch – or did they all drop out? And does Joe Buck need to mute? What to know about the MLB All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

With players running out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game at record speeds due to back cramps, groin strains and injuries, it’s hard to remember who’s in and who’s out.

The allure of playing in the Midsummer Classic has become part of the NBA’s slam dunk competition. Mike Trout, Justin Verlander, Josh Hader, Jose Altuve and others expressed their regret for various reasons. Starling Marte stole home at Wrigley Field on Sunday before the New York Mets announced he would not play in the All-Star Game.

Still, many fans will tune in because that’s what we’ve done since childhood and, well, it’s never too late to give up.

Here are some things to know about Tuesday’s broadcast from Dodger Stadium, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Fox-32 and Fox Deportes.

Which players should you watch?

Only three: Aaron Judge, who leads the majors with 33 home runs and is entering free agency; Shohei Ohtani, the greatest hitter/pitcher combo in baseball history; and Juan Soto, who reportedly turned down an offer of a 15-year, $440 million extension from the Washington Nationals because it is under market value.

As of this writing, none of the three have panned out.

Locally, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who scored a home ending last August’s Field of Dreams game against the New York Yankees, makes his debut for the American League. Anderson’s career arc — which involves chronicling the shooting death of his best friend Brandon Moss in 2017 — is well known by Sox fans, but deserves a retelling of a national audience.

Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras and his brother William, an Atlanta Braves catcher/DH, will also be special attractions. Only four other sets of brothers have debuted in the same All-Star Game: Mort and Walker Cooper, Dixie and Harry Walker, Joe and Dom DiMaggio and Sandy and Roberto Alomar. It may also be Wilson Contreras’ last hurricane as a Cubs.

Cubs outfielder Ian Happ and Sox close Liam Hendrix, a last-minute replacement, are the other Chicago All-Stars. Sox starter Dylan Siege, a deserving candidate, was rebuffed.

Why aren’t fans allowed to choose an all-star pitcher?

MLB made this decision when fan balloting began in 1970. The powers that be decided to the fans were not smart enough to choose a qualified pitcher, but followed the game enough to choose eight position players. This is an archaic rule that makes no sense and is expected to be changed whenever Theo Epstein takes over.

Some ineligible pitchers may of course be selected, as name recognition leads to some ineligible pitchers each year. That’s one advantage of stardom – attending an All-Star Game is like walking into a nightclub through a Hollywood celebrity’s side door. And once you’re in, you’re in.

Do I have to mute Joe Buck again?

The longtime Fox broadcaster would be unable to call the All-Star Game as it left for ESPN last winter. So Twitter trolls accusing Buck of disrespecting their favorite team will be rare. He won’t be there to ask any mic-up outfielder about having trade fodder on the deadline, as he did with Kris Bryant last year.

Joe Davis is the new voice of the All-Star Game. He’s a Dodgers play-by-play man and Midwest boy who grew up in Pottersville, Michigan, calling Len Casper and Pat Hughes the Cubs game.

Davis was recruited to Beloit College by former student and NBC Sports Chicago reporter Casey Johnson. By the way, Davis is also very good at his job and deserves to be heard against Buck without judging him.

Unfortunately, John Smoltz lives in the Fox booth, so keep the remote handy in case he talks about the state of the game.

Are the players wearing their regular jerseys?

mostly. Following last year’s foolish decision to wear league jerseys instead of players’ normal team uniforms, the white and gray jerseys of the National and American Leagues will have the letter of the player’s team in gold. It has something to do with the Oscars. do not ask.

Will there be any celebrities in the game?

Longtime Dodgers fan Larry King passed away in 2021. But it’s also a good opportunity for MLB to honor the Babe Ruth King of celebrity baseball fans.

No Gen X or Millennial celebrity has carried King’s torch, which is a bad omen for the national entertainer. Still, many Hollywood celebrities are expected to be on hand, including popular recording artists and actors, who will elicit the following response from Central Americans watching at home: “Wozzat?”

Above/below mentions of the Field of Dreams game?

The starting row is 12½. The second game, scheduled for August 11 on Fox, features the two worst teams in baseball: the Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds. It needs all the hype because you can’t really repeat the moment Kevin Costner walked through a cornfield before a White Sox-Yankees game, much less walked into Anderson’s home-running corn.

Why not play two games?

Former baseball statistics guru Peter Hurdt once suggested to Tribune Baseball columnist Jerome Holtzman that the MLB Stage Two All-Star Games. Fans will vote for one, and players and coaches will vote for the other. Of course, several players will be selected for both. Everyone will be happy.

I’ll update that idea and make it two seven-innings games, maybe with a show between games. Starters, of course, can only be used once. Before fan balloting began in 1970, MLB staged two All-Star Games from 1959–62, to fund the players’ union to fund its pension plan.

Will Dusty Baker and Brian Snitkar win?

It’s hard to imagine Baker doing otherwise, but even he knows that getting more players involved is on the All-Star agenda. Commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLBPA agreed in the 2017 CBA to remove the so-called Bud Selig rule, which gave home field advantage to the winner in the World Series, and eventually make it a true exhibition sport with nothing at stake. .

A better idea would be to give teams a financial incentive to actually play and win – and let managers use real tactics rather than trying to please every player and team’s fans.

Maybe then we won’t see the players fall like flies.

If so many stars don’t matter, should I still be watching?

Undoubted. You are a fan of baseball. That’s what you do.

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