LOS ANGELES — The City of Angels is a city of stars. Fans meet them at restaurants, pass by their homes on tour buses and walk around their names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It is therefore a fitting place for the stars of world baseball to gather on the biggest stage in the summer. Tuesday night, the 2022 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard brings the Midsummer Classic to iconic Dodger Stadium for the first time in 42 years, and it’s a cast worthy of a blockbuster.
As the season progresses, Dodger Stadium celebrates its 60th anniversary – and thanks to recent renovations, it’s looking better than ever – the All-Star Game finally returns to Los Angeles. When the ballpark known as “Blue Heaven on Earth” last hosted this event, luminaries on the rosters included eventual Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Reggie Jackson and Johnny Bench, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor , George Brett, Alan Trammell, Robin Yount, Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, Gary Carter, Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, Dave Winfield, Steve Carlton and Bruce Sutter.
I don’t know how many future inductees play in this particular game, but we can be damn sure that Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera – two of the great right-handed hitters of all time, invited to this event by Commissioner Rob Manfred in salute of their Cooperstown-worthy careers – will be on the list.
And although the Dodgers’ hosting duties were pushed back two years due to the pandemic, it also proved to be a fitting occasion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s historic debut with the Dodgers. His widow, Rachel, will turn 100 on Tuesday.
As the stars prepare to take the stage, here are the answers to all your questions about the 92nd All-Star Game.
How can I watch the game?
FOX’s national broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The game will also be broadcast in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS and worldwide by partners in 15 languages. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage.
Who are the starting pitchers?
A pair of southpaws – one with a well-established legacy and one just getting started. Dodgers icon Clayton Kershaw will be on the rubber in his home park for the NL, and MLB ERA leader Shane McClanahan of the Rays has been given the nod for the AL.
Kershaw becomes the 13th pitcher to start an All-Star Game at his home park and the first since the Nationals’ Max Scherzer at Nationals Park in 2018.
“Because we’re here in Los Angeles, home of the Dodgers, you throw it all over the place, and Clayton’s name kept coming to the fore to start this game,” NL manager Brian Snitker said. “His reputation and what he means to baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers, I think it’s just perfect that he’s starting this game for us.”
AL manager Dusty Baker listed two-way star Shohei Ohtani as his first choice to start the game (for what would have been the second year in a row) but Ohtani deferred.
What are the starting formations?
Mike Trout of the Angels and Jose Altuve of the Astros were replaced in the starting lineup due to injuries by Buxton and Giménez, respectively.
Bryce Harper of the Phillies and Jazz Chisholm Jr. of the Marlins were replaced in the starting lineup due to injury by William Contreras and McNeil, respectively.
Who are position player reserves?
*denotes a player who is inactive due to injury or has elected not to play
+ Appointed as replacement
Which launchers have been selected?
Does the All-Star Game still decide home-court advantage in the World Series?
No. As part of the collective agreement negotiated before the 2017 season, this wrinkle was lifted. The game is true exhibition, and home advantage in the Fall Classic is now awarded to the winner of the pennant with the best regular season record.
Are there any changes for 2022?
Last year marked the first time both teams wore a specific uniform at the All-Star Game, rather than each player wearing their particular team’s uniform. This year, the All-Stars are returning to their individual team uniforms, but with a Hollywood twist. The house whites and road grays (a darker gray than the typical road gray) feature gold-adorned team logos, a la Oscar. The hats are all black with gold logos.
How many times have the Dodgers hosted the All-Star Game?
This is the Dodgers’ fourth time hosting, third time in Los Angeles and second time at Dodger Stadium. The Brooklyn Dodgers hosted the 1949 game at Ebbets Field. The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted one of two 1959 All-Star Games at their temporary home in the Memorial Coliseum. And Dodger Stadium hosted its only previous All-Star Game on July 9, 1980.
How can fans get involved in the game?
Fans will once again have the opportunity to participate in the official vote for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During play, fans can vote exclusively on MLB.com and all 30 club sites – online or through their mobile devices – with the 2022 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Voting, and their collective vote will represent 20% of the vote. official determining this year’s recipient of what was originally called the Arch Ward Memorial Award.
Which league has the all-time advantage in the All-Star Game?
The AL have the all-time slight advantage – 46 wins and 43 losses, with two ties. The scores from those 90 games add up to 378 runs for the AL and 372 for the NL, so the Midsummer Classic was pretty closely contested overall.
In more recent history, however, this game has been heavily skewed in favor of the AL, who have lost just six times since 1988, three times since 1997 and are undefeated since 2013.
What are some other fun facts to know?
• A Newfoundland venue has hosted six of the last seven All-Star Games since the 2015 game in Cincinnati. The only exception in that timeframe is Progressive Field in Cleveland in 2019. Next year’s game will return to an AL site at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.
• This is the fourth straight All-Star Game with at least 30 players making their All-Star roster debut. This number has been achieved in eight of the last nine and 10 of the last 12 installments of the Midsummer Classic.
• Willson and William Contreras are the first brothers to compete in the same All-Star Game since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003, and the first brothers from the same team in the Midsummer Classic since the Alomar brothers — Roberto and Sandy Jr. – – in 1998. They are also the first pair of brothers to start an All-Star Game since the Alomars in 1992.
• If Pujols, 42, enters the game, he will be the seventh player to make an All-Star Game board appearance aged 42 or older, joining 2007 Barry Bonds, 1991 Carlton Fisk, 1985 Pete Rose, 1982-83 Carl Yastrzemski, 1973 Willie Mays and 1963 Stan Musial.