The MLB All-Star Game is one of the best traditions in sports, with the best players in Major League Baseball coming together for one exhibition game to showcase their talent.
MLB used to use its Midsummer Classic to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. From 2003-2016, the league that won the MLB All-Star Game would have the home-field advantage in the following World Series. However, that policy was ditched in 2017 with MLB now making it a pure exhibition game.
This will be the 93rd All-Star Game in MLB history between the National League and the American League. After holding the Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium in 2022 and in NL parks for two consecutive years, the AL will get to serve as host in July.
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Here’s everything you should know about the 2023 MLB All-Star Game along with the 2022 results, 2024 location and our early projections for the All-Star Game lineups.
2023 MLB All-Star Game location, TV info
The 2023 MLB All-Star Game will be played in Seattle. This will be the third time that Washington served as host for the annual MLB All-Star Game. It last happened in 2001, when the stadium was called Safeco Field, and before that the Kingdome hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1979.
- Date: July 11, 2023
- Location: T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington
- TV: Fox
- Announcers: John Smoltz, Joe Davis, Tom Verducci, Tom Rinaldi, Ken Rosenthal
- Managers: Rob Thompson (NL – Philadelphia Phillies), Dusty Baker (AL – Houston Astros)
- Tickets: Here
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All-Star Futures Game
The 2023 MLB All-Star Futures Game will be played at T-Mobile Park. While an official date hasn’t been set, it will likely be played on Sunday, July 9.
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MLB Home Run Derby 2023
The 2023 Home Run Derby is on Sunday, July 10 at 8 PM ET and will be held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. It is a pitcher-friendly ballpark, but some of the best power hitters in MLB should have little trouble racking up home runs. The 2023 Home Run Derby bracket will be announced in July.
MLB All-Star Game predictions 2023: National League lineup
- Trea Turner, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
- Ronald Acuña Jr, OF, Atlanta Braves
- Juan Soto, OF, San Diego Padres
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
- Pete Alonso, DH, New York Mets
- Mookie Betts, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Austin Riley, 3B, Atlanta Braves
- Willson Contreras, C, St. Louis Cardinals
- Luis Arraez, 2B, Miami Marlins
Fans having so much say in the MLB All-Star Game lineups has a significant influence on who receives the honor. With the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves all boasting some of the strongest fan support, it should come as no surprise that each club will likely have representation.
Catcher figures to be a four-man race between J.T. Realmuto, Will Smith, Willson Contreras and Sean Murphy. While Smith and Murphy might be more deserving by mid-June, the national recognition for Contreras and Realmuto should make them the first two catchers on the roster.
With Mookie Betts staying in the outfield and Jazz Chisholm Jr. shifting to center, second base becomes a far greater variable. Luis Arraez will compete for the batting title and that could put him in a great position to earn a nod, but Ozzie Albies, Tommy Edman and Jeff McNeil are viable threats to represent the NL at second base.
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There are plenty of relatively comfortable shoe-ins, barring regression, including Paul Goldschmidt, Juan Soto and Pete Alonso. Beyond that, a healthy Ronald Acuña Jr. and a repeat season from Austin Riley should send both Braves’ sluggers to Seattle.
MLB All-Star Game rosters: Projecting American League lineup
- Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners
- Shohei Ohtani, DH, Los Angeles Angels
- Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
- Jose Ramirez, 3B, Cleveland Guardians
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays
- Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox
- Jeremy Peña, SS, Houston Astros
- Andrés Giménez, 2B, Cleveland Guardians
- Alejandro Kirk, C, Toronto Blue Jays
Hometown representation matters at the MLB All-Star Game and there is no better option than Julio Rodriguez. After winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2022 and putting on a show in the Home Run Derby, the Seattle Mariners star is the perfect leadoff hitter for the AL at home.
Beyond Rodriguez, we have some of the usual suspects – Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge and Vladimir Guerrero Jr – taking spots in our projected lineup for the MLB All-Star Game. Meanwhile, third base projects to be a three-way race with Jose Ramirez, Rafael Devers and Alex Bregman. Devers has a strong case, but Bregman will likely be knocked by the Astros’ reputation. Ramirez has been a perennial MVP candidate and another first half of stellar play would likely earn him another nod.
Given the youth movement that is taking over MLB, the 2023 season could be a time for emerging stars to gain recognition. Luis Robert is a sensation when healthy and his combination of speed and power should deliver the eye-popping stats necessary to be in the mix for a spot in the lineup. Meanwhile, Jeremy Peña’s postseason heroics and the Astros’ devoted fan base should be enough to get him into the lineup over Bo Bichette, Marcus Semien, Corey Seager and Tim Anderson.
Who was the MVP of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game?
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won the MLB All-Star Game MVP in 2002. In the AL’s 3-2 victory over the NL, Stanton hit a two-run home run in the top of the 4th inning and was named the Most Valuable Player. The MLB All-Star Game MVP gets a glass bat engraved with their name and their choice of a Chevrolet vehicle.
Where will the 2024 MLB All-Star Game be?
The 2024 MLB All-Star Game will be played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. This will be the first All-Star Game at Globe Life Field which opened in 2020 and first welcomed fans in 2021.
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It will also be the first time Texas hosted the MLB All-Star Game since 2004, when Minute Maid Park served as the stage for the Midsummer Classic.
This article was originally published on Sportsnaut.com and is republished here with permission.