2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game logo.svg
Teams
VenueDodger Stadium
CityLos Angeles, California
Managers

The 2020 Major League Baseball All-Star Game would have been the 91st Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was planned to be hosted on July 14 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, which would have been the second All-Star Game held at Dodger Stadium, following the 1980 All-Star Game, and the fourth hosted by the Dodgers.[1][2] On July 3, the game was canceled due to the delayed start of the 2020 season, which began on July 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first cancellation since 1945, when the All-Star Game that year was not held in compliance with wartime travel restrictions at the time. As compensation, Dodger Stadium was awarded the All-Star Game in 2022.[3] Fox and ESPN Radio were the game's respective planned television and radio partners.

Host selection[edit]

Bidding for the 2020 All-Star Game began in 2017. It was awarded on April 11, 2018, by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.[1] It would have been the first time since 1980 that Dodger Stadium would serve as the game's host. The Hollywood-inspired logo for the game was unveiled on July 23, 2019, in a ceremony at Dodger Stadium, emceed by longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.[4]

Planned league managers and changes[edit]

As the manager of the previous season's American League champion Houston Astros, A.J. Hinch was originally designated as the manager for the 2020 American League All-Star team. On January 13, MLB suspended Hinch for the entire 2020 season for his role in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. Astros owner Jim Crane subsequently fired Hinch after the announcement. On January 29, it was announced that Hinch's successor, Dusty Baker, would manage the American League instead.[5]

Unofficial Starters[edit]

Despite the game being cancelled, MLB.com released the players they believed deserved to be recognized as the "Unofficial 2020 All-Stars". The players selected by MLB.com are as follows:[6]

National League[edit]

Elected starters
Position Player Team
C J.T. Realmuto Phillies
1B Freddie Freeman Braves
2B Donovan Solano Giants
3B Manny Machado Padres
SS Fernando Tatis Jr.
OF Mike Yastrzemski Giants
OF Mookie Betts Dodgers
OF Bryce Harper Phillies
DH Jesse Winker Reds
SP Jacob deGrom Mets

American League[edit]

Elected starters
Position Player Team
C Pedro Severino Orioles
1B Luke Voit Yankees
2B Brandon Lowe Rays
3B Anthony Rendon Angels
SS Tim Anderson White Sox
OF Kyle Lewis Mariners
OF Mike Trout Angels
OF Aaron Judge Yankees
DH Nelson Cruz Twins
SP Shane Bieber Indians

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gurnick, Ken. "Dodgers to host All-Star Game in 2020". MLB.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Mike DiGiovanna (April 10, 2018). "Dodger Stadium to host 2020 All-Star Game". Latimes.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Matt Johnson (July 3, 2020). "Major League Baseball cancels 2020 All-Star Game". Sportsnaut. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  4. ^ 2020 All-Star Game Logo Reveal. Los Angeles Dodgers' official YouTube channel. July 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Baker will be asked to manage AL All-Stars at Dodger Stadium". Associated Press. January 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (August 26, 2020). "The 2020 All-Star teams could have been ..." MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2020.

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