The midsummer classic is upon us once again. Baseball’s finest will be traveling to Miami this week to compete in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. MLB’s All-Star Game has been captivating fans since its inception, and this year should be no different.
The New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge, who currently leads the MLB with an astonishing 30 home runs, stole the show at the Home Run Derby. Even after MLB saw a record-breaking 1,101 home runs during the month of June, the league was still able to dazzle fans as they witnessed some leftover fireworks from the explosions that came of of Judges bat. Judge hit 47 home runs in all, totaling 3.9 miles according to MLB.com's Statcast. He even went over 500-feet four times. It was a show for the ages.
Tonight the American League and National League superstars will go head-to-head in South Beach, FL. Los Angeles Dodgers' ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw was supposed to start the game, but he will now be replaced by teammate Alex Wood. Among the other National League starters are Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Daniel Murphy from the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, and Cincinatti’s Zack Cozart will join them as well.
Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale, Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez, Kansas City’s Salvador Perez, Boston’s Mookie Betts, New York’s Aaron Judge and Carlos Carrera, and Jose Altuve of the American League-leading Houston Astros will headline the American League team.
Fans are aching to see superstars from the American and National League’s showcase their skills. They’ll also be keeping their eyes peeled for potential World Series matchups in November. Some say the MLB All-Star game lost a bit of its luster by eliminating the rule that the winning league gets home field advantage in the World Series. But with a plethora of young talent at their disposal, this year's MLB All-Star Game should be an exciting ones for fans of all ages.