2022 MLB All-Star Game rosters: Shohei Ohtani, Aaron Judge headline; Freddie Freeman picked as replacement MLB All-Star schedule 2022: Times, TV channels for Home Run Derby, futures & celebrity softball games The 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
That means Astros manager Dusty Baker helms the AL while Braves skipper Brian Snitker leads the NL. Here are the full rosters. The American League will be missing a future Hall of Famer for Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Major League Baseball announced Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout will not play in the contest. Trout has recently dealt with back spasms, and he is surely sitting out the exhibition game for precautionary reasons.
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Seattle Mariners first baseman Ty France will replace him on the roster, while Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is now in the starting lineup. The three-time AL MVP is slashing .270/.368/.599 with 24 home runs and 51 RBI in 79 games this season. Unfortunately for the Angels, Trout’s individual success has not translated into the type of season the team was looking for in 2022. Los Angeles is 39-53, in fourth place in the American League West and 21 games behind the Houston Astros in the division race.
It is more of the same for a franchise that has made the playoffs just one time in Trout’s 12 seasons. The American League won’t lose much power with Buxton in the lineup, though, considering the 28-year-old has a .535 slugging percentage with 23 home runs. Minnesota is also in the middle of the playoff race in first place in the AL Central at 50-43.
France’s inclusion is a noteworthy development for a red-hot Mariners team that entered play Sunday with 13 straight wins. The 28-year-old is slashing .306/.376/.461 with 10 home runs and 47 RBI. The American League has won eight straight All-Star Games. MLB’s All-Star weekend is nearly upon us, which means a break from regular-season baseball and a chance to look at the game’s best as they descend upon Los Angeles. It’s going to be a full weekend of festivities, culminating in the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18 and the All-Star Game itself on Tuesday, July 19.
The MLB All-Star Game will return to Dodger Stadium in July — the first time since 1980. Then the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down baseball for nearly four months and canceled the event for the season. That’s all in the past now. In one month, all of Major League Baseball and its fans will affix their attention to the City of Angels.
The 2022 MLB amateur draft began with the first 80 selections Sunday night. Another 536 picks are on tap Monday and Tuesday. The Orioles had the No. 1 pick for the third time in history and used it on Oklahoma high school shortstop Jackson Holliday. Yes, he is the son of longtime big leaguer Matt Holliday. Here are all this year’s first-round picks. Similar to the baseball season itself, evaluating the MLB draft requires a marathon mentality, not a sprint. Players drafted this weekend will disappear into the minors for a few years before resurfacing, working through growing pains, and then finally establishing themselves as big leaguers.
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The 2022 MLB All-Star festivities are here! You can wear the same gear as your favorite players by buying official hats, shirts, hoodies, and jerseys now. A new clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows commissioner Rob Manfred to select an additional player to each roster in recognition of their career achievements, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. In addition to the 32 players elected and selected to the All-Star Game, the Commissioner may choose to add one player that he selects to each League’s roster, in recognition of each player’s career achievements, the clause states, per Rosenthal. If special circumstances warrant, the Commissioner may select more than one player to each league’s roster.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Manfred select Pujols to the NL roster as this will be his last season in MLB. He confirmed in March that he would be hanging up the cleats after the 2022 campaign. This is it for me, Pujols said in March, per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick S. Goold. Pujols agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the Cardinals for the 2022 campaign. He began his Hall of Fame career in St. Louis in 2001, earning nine All-Star selections, three MVP awards, six Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, one batting title and two World Series titles.
The 42-year-old also slashed .328/.421/.617 with 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI in 1,705 games in his first stint with the Cardinals. Pujols left the Cardinals ahead of the 2012 season, signing a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He spent nine and a half seasons in Anaheim from 2012-21, slashing .256/.311/.447 with 222 home runs and 783 RBI in 1,181 games. The Angels then traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, and he slashed .254/.299/.460 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 85 games. However, Pujols has struggled at the plate this season in his return to St. Louis, slashing .189/.282/.320 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 43 games.
In addition to Pujols, it’s reasonable to believe Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera would be a candidate to the join the AL roster. He said in August 2021 that he would play two more seasons before calling it quits. My right knee is really bad, Cabrera told ESPN (via Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press). Thank God for giving me this opportunity.
Cabrera began his career in 2003 with the then-Florida Marlins. He spent five seasons with the franchise, earning five All-Star selections and two Sliver slugger awards before signing with the Detroit Tigers ahead of the 2008 campaign. In 15 seasons in the Motor City, Cabrera has earned seven All-Star selections, two MVP awards and five Silver Slugger awards. He’s hitting .309/.386/.523 with 367 home runs and 1,308 RBI in 1,935 games in Detroit.
The Venezuelan is actually also amid a solid 2022 campaign, slashing .300/.338/.364 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 68 games. The 2022 MLB All-Star Weekend runs from July 15-19 and will take place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.