Although the All-Star festivities are in Dodgers Stadium this year, there will be no Los Angeles Dodgers represented in the Home Run Derby. That’s ok because the Dodgers really haven’t been a home run hitting team this season. Mookie Betts leads all Dodgers with 20 homers at the break, followed by Will Smith and Trea Turner who each have 14.
The All-Star Game has been scheduled to come to Chavez Ravine for a very long time. It was originally supposed to be held in 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was pushed back to 2022. For a period of time, it looked like it was cursed as the lockout loomed large before this season.
As expected, Major League Baseball officially announced on Friday morning that the 2020 All-Star Game, which was scheduled to be hosted by the Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles, is being cancelled. However, with the Atlanta Braves already named as host of the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta, the Dodgers will host the next scheduled event in the summer of 2022.
Back in the day—long before the Home Run Derby, the Futures Game, and tons of commercialization—the All-Star Game seemingly had a different type of meaning. It really wasn’t about the money, but more of a sense of comradery alongside opportunities for players to represent their respective teams. Such games were played when there was a huge amount of team loyalty among their participants, unless, of course, a player was jettisoned away by means of an unwanted trade to a rival squad.
Joc Pederson of the Dodgers has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8. The 2019 Derby will be held at Progressive Field in Cleveland and will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern and 5:00 PM Pacific times.