Major League Baseball’s All-Star break is about to arrive.
Several current and former Red Sox will take part in the festivities, which will take place in Los Angeles from Saturday through Tuesday. Here are five things to know:
here is the program.
Saturday July 16: The MLB Futures Game is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. on Peacock. Red Sox prospect Ceddanne Rafaela is a name to know. Next, the Celebrity Softball Game will air at 10:15 p.m. on ESPN.
Sunday July 17: The MLB Draft airs at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Monday July 18: The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Derby will likely include Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuña Jr., Albert Pujols, Juan Soto, Julio Rodríguez, Jose Ramirez and former Red Sox slugger Kyle Schwarber, but the list is not finalized.
Tuesday, July 19: The Red Carpet show is scheduled for 2 p.m. on MLB Network, then the game itself is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
The current and former Red Sox are involved.
Rafael Devers will start at third base, Xander Bogaerts is a reserve at shortstop and designated hitter JD Martinez gets the go-ahead as a replacement.
Andrew Benintendi is there as an American League reserve, Mookie Betts will start for the National League and Schwarber is a National League reserve.
The All-Star Game may soon be coming to Fenway Park.
All-Star festivities haven’t been held at Fenway Park since 1999. That could change in 2025 or 2027.
“We lobby at the Major League Baseball level,” said team president and CEO Sam Kennedy. “I think we finally come into the rotation at some point here. 1999 was amazing. It was just an amazing night, so we would like the All-Star Game to come back.
A reminder that the outcome has no say in World Series home advantage.
From 2003 to 2016, the winning All-Star team gained home-court advantage for their league in the World Series.
This rule no longer exists, as the team with the best regular season record has the advantage.
Albert Pujols gets one last All-Star moment.
Pujols, who is retiring after this season, was given the nod as a ‘legacy selection’.
This is his 11th All-Star Game and his ninth as a member of the Cardinals. If Pujols finds a way to win the Home Run Derby or get a big hit in the All-Star Game, it could make for some compelling television.
Miguel Cabrera is a “legacy selection” of the American League.
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