As we all knew yesterday the announcement was coming, today it became official. Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced that Major League Baseball has awarded the 2020 All-Star Game and accompanying All-Star Week festivities to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2020 Midsummer Classic will be the 91st edition in the event’s history, which dates back to 1933.
Late Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced the selections of seven players to the active All-Star rosters as replacements for previously selected players unable to participate in Tuesday’s affair. Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood joins the National League Team, while newly-named American League All-Stars include Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó, Houston Astros reliever Chris Devenski, Minnesota Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler, Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna and Detroit Tigers outfielder Justin Upton.
Justin Turner has made the 2017 NL All-Star team. Turner placed first in fan voting of the Final Five, beating second place Kris Bryant of the Cubs with a record total of 20.8 million votes. The rest of the field finished as follows: third place Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, fourth Mark Reynolds of the Colorado Rockies, and fifth Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins.
With the 2017 MLB All-Star game heading into its final 24 hours, Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the leading vote-getter among all the candidates from both leagues, according to the most recent update from MLB.com.
Fans of the Dodgers shouldn’t want to see it any other way—their beloved No. 22 slotting into the rotation to squeeze in two more turns before the 2017 All-Star break. And even though he’s yet to start an All-Star contest for the National League during his already illustrious career, Clayton Kershaw realizes that a regular season victory or two certainly outweighs the importance of a single game which basically, in many senses, has become meaningless.
It seems as though you can’t have an All-Star game without controversy. Who’s in, who’s not, will the Home Run Derby ruin this year’s participate’s swing? It was announced Sunday that the players making the All-Star team from the Dodgers are Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger. The controversy comes from who was not included. The man with the highest batting average in the major leagues, Justin Turner, was left to the mercy of the fan vote to make it to Miami next week.
All-Stars can be a somewhat divisive subject. Is it truly a showing of the greatest players in MLB, or is it just a popularity contest? There are arguments for either side. It does usually showcase the best of the best, but as last year’s NL All-Star team showed with the number of Cubs, some of whom were definitely not the best of their position, it can just be a popularity contest.