All-Star week, perhaps the biggest and most exciting week for MLB players and fans.
Drawing baseball fans from all over, this week is jam packed with fun and seems to almost never disappoint. Fans and celebrities will make the travel to San Diego this year to be a part of the attractions that come with the week featuring the Home Run Derby and the 2016 MLB All-Star Game
The world will be watching.
July 11-12. San Diego. LET’S GO.https://t.co/UoF7mjkJUf
— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) June 16, 2016
An attraction that many travel to see is the highly regarded Home Run Derby. So far, the MLB has yet to inform the public about the contestants, but one player seems to be beggin' for a shot. Pitcher (yes pitcher) Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants has made his case to be the first pitcher ever to swing in the Derby. Bumgarner, who has two home runs on the year, feels as if he should be a participant for the game due to his powerful moonshots during batting practice. With the Derby being a batting practice like situation, it seems as if Bumgarner could possibly put on a good performance for the fans.
Now to the All-Star Game.
This being the only All-Star Game that matters around the sports world due to the World Series home field advantage on the line, each league wants to send the best of the best to win that honor. The National League will hope to send a young and talented roster to represent them. In the most recent voting poll, the Cubs seem to control most of the positions.
Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, and Dexter Fowler will all play their respective positions. Cardinals' Yadier Molina will be behind the plate. To wrap things up in the outfield, Mets' Yoenis Cespedes will control left field and Nationals' Bryce Harper will control right field.
The American League will also send an equally talented roster to face the Chicago Cubs, er, uh, the National League.
The latest American League voting poll has Royals catcher Salvador Perez as the leading player. Teammate Eric Hosmer will play first base as well as Lorenzo Cain who will play left field. The short, but talented, Jose Altuve of the Astros will play second alongside Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts. Orioles' Manny Machado will cover the third base line. Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. will roam around right field and former AL MVP Mike Trout will take control of center. Last but not least, “Big Papi” David Ortiz will be the designated hitter for the American League.
As voting continues, these lineups are subject to change, especially with the rise of Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts. One thing's for sure, this year's All-Star Game has plently of potential to be both highly entertaining and competitive for the fans to watch.