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.
For many fans of the Dodgers, the main focus Tuesday evening was trying to keep track of all the specifics of the impending Manny Machado trade with the Orioles. At the beginning of the evening, there seemed to be a decent chance the deal would go down, but by around 7:00 p.m. Pacific time, most of the reliable reports surfacing on Twitter indicated that the trade was imminent. All this while the MLB’s 89th All-Star Game trudged along on television sets in the background.
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.