2017 Series Preview

2017 MLB All-Star Game: American League vs. National League

2017 MLB All Star GameTeams: American League (42–43–2) vs. National League (43–42–2)
Location: Marlins Park, Miami
Start time: 8pm
Weather: Sunny, 85 (retractable roof)
Mobile: Fox Sports Go / TV: Fox / Radio: ESPN
Staring Lineups:

NL: Charlie Blackmon, CF / Giancarlo Stanton, DH / Bryce Harper, RF / Buster Posey, C / Daniel Murphy, 2B / Nolan Arenado, 3B / Ryan Zimmerman, 1B / Marcell Ozuna, LF / Zack Cozart, SS

AL: Jose Altuve, 2B / Jose Ramirez, 3B / Aaron Judge, RF / George Springer, LF / Carlos Correa, SS / Justin Smoak, 1B / Corey Dickerson, DH / Salvador Perez, C / Mookie Betts, CF

Not since 1963 has the American League held a better record than the National League in the Mid-Summer Classic.  But thanks to a torrid 16-3-1 stretch in the last 20 games, the AL has a chance to even the series.  It certainly won’t be easy, the National League is a 3/2 favorite to win.

For Phillies fans, the question is:  will we see Pat Neshak tonight?  I think the bigger question might be, when will Citizens Bank Park play host to an All-Star game?  The Phillies last hosted the game at the Vet in 1996.  Yet CBP is one of just 3 ballparks to have not hosted the MLB All-Star game – along with Tropicana Field and Yankee Stadium (4 if you include Nationals Park which is scheduled to host next season).

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Seems a pretty easy question to answer as to when will the Phils next host an ASG. First of all, would you even want to host one right now with scarce representation.

    That aside, the best bet is 2026, for multiple reasons. One, Happy Birthday America, version 250 is that year. Secondly, can’t plan on this, but I’d say there’s better than a 50-50 chance the Phils have a new, or very close to it ballpark to show off right around that time.

    And of course you’ll see Neshak. And expect him to pitch far more successfully than he did back in 2014 as a Cardinal. 6th, or 7th inning in a matchup situation for 2-3 hitters. Seems like good people, hope he does well.

  2. bruce

    July 11, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I miss the days when an All-Star game was an actual CONTEST to determine which league would have the bragging rights for the year. There were reports of league presidents, prior to the game, going to the dressing room of their respective league team and implore the All-Star players to play at their competitive best. Those All-Star games of the 1960s and 70s were very competitive and featured exciting moments on the field and at bats. I watched greats like Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron representing the National League and making things happened to dominate American League in the decades mentioned.

    Today, obviously, it’s a different generation of players with a different attitude toward the All-Star game. The All-Star game now has the feel a three-ring circus encouraged by team owners, media and TV network’s money. Tonight you will see such intrusions as reporters on the field interviewing players with inane questions as they are ready to approach the batter’s box. You will see an outfielder with attached microphone being asked questions from the broadcaster’s booth while the game is in progress. CRAZY!

    Oh how I miss the days of an exciting and competitive All-Star game. *Sigh*

    • Ken Bland

      July 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Comments like this aren’t flawed, but if you think about it, the opinion expressed is an annual one dating back nearly 25 years now. Even before the main culprit depriving the ASG of its charm, the advent of interleague play. No doubt this opinion is still expressed multiple times, and is certainly valid, but it’s greatest character is how old the opinion is after it’s long life.

      Last night’s game carried what may likely be a dead cat bounce off a historically dreadful 2016 TV rating. There are always positive catches, but you have to wonder how the numbers would have looked without the Houston market’s domination thanks to the heavily populated Astros contingent, or the novelty of Aaron Judge. Unfortunately, the ASG itself, and its format make it difficult for a tradition driven industry to overhaul it, as strongly suggested by the long time downward spiral.

      If you want to get specific, the long term downward viewership is more than glaring in this accompanying history.

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/asgtv.shtml

      • Brian Michael

        July 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

        Interesting TV ratings, thanks for sharing. Seems like the ’94 strike is around when people started tuning out.

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