MLB Summer showcase a chock-a-block affair



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Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled on May 3rd a robust All-Star schedule featuring fan events from July 15th through July 19th concentrated in three iconic locations in Los Angeles (US): Dodger Stadium, L.A. Live (building complex in Los Angeles, California) and the Santa Monica Pier (fishing pier in Santa Monica, California).

The ‘MLB’ stated that Chris Marinak, MLB Chief Operations and Strategy Officer, made the announcement from Dodger Stadium, live on MLB Network, alongside Dodgers President and head honcho Stan Kasten, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council Member Gil Cedillo, and Dodgers stars Cody Bellinger (baseball outfielder), Mookie Betts (baseball right fielder), Walker Buehler (baseball pitcher), Freddie Freeman (baseball first baseman), Clayton Kershaw (baseball pitcher), and Justin Turner (baseball third baseman) and Trea Turner (baseball shortstop), who have 25 All-Star appearances between them.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world. As of 2022, a total of 30 teams play in Major League Baseball – 15 teams in the National League and 15 in the American League – with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles (US). The Dodgers compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League West division.

The 56,000-capacity Dodger Stadium is a baseball stadium in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It is the home stadium of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. Opened in 1962, it was constructed in less than three years at a cost of US$23 million.
 

Capital One All-Star Oceanfront: July 15th-17th at the Santa Monica Pier and Beach

The ‘MLB’ further stated that the MLB All-Star Week opens with its first-ever beach event on July 15th when Capital One All-Star Oceanfront begins at the Santa Monica Pier and Beach.

Running through July 17th with no admission charge, the Oceanfront will feature casual and instructional youth baseball and softball activities on the beach directly South of the pier. In addition to baseball and softball, the SoCal sand will also be home to a daily All-Star yoga class with the Pacific Ocean offering a picturesque backdrop and baseball-themed sand sculptures.

On the pier deck above, fans can shop for Official All-Star merchandise, participate in batting and pitching cages and play any number of interactive games and promotions in a baseball-themed carnival-like setting.

On July 16th, the MLB will also partner on a beach clean-up in Santa Monica with ‘Heal the Bay’, a local nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds in Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. This MLB Green Team Event is part of the league’s continued efforts to promote sustainability and environmental awareness while also giving opportunities to take direct action through volunteerism.
 

MLB Live in DTLA: July 16th-July 19th at L.A. Live

On July 16th, MLB Live in DTLA gets underway with Capital One Play Ball Park – the world’s biggest and most playable baseball and softball festival -inside and outside the 10,000-capacity Los Angeles Convention Center and throughout the L.A. Live campus.

This fan-focused event blends together baseball, softball, music, food, technology, and fashion with MLB celebrities ranging from Hall of Famers, All-Stars, Olympians, broadcasters, and other legends of the game. Interactive games, clinics, exhibits, exclusive merchandise, and autograph stations will be spread throughout the convention center, while other unique fan experiences are available outdoors around L.A. Live.

Tickets are now available for the indoor portion of ‘Play Ball Park’ at the AllStarGame.com. From now through May 5th, tickets will only cost $10 with the promo code PPOS. Activities outside the convention center are free.

Also on tap from July 16th to July 19th of All-Star Week at MLB Live in DTLA, the MLB All-Star Block Party joins the free fan festivities. On Gilbert Lindsay Plaza on the doorstep of the Los Angeles Convention Center, this free event plays host to more interactive games, free giveaways, music, a beer garden, and more.

The 2022 MLB Draft will also take place at MLB Live in DTLA. The first round is scheduled for the night of July 17th on Xbox Plaza in the heart of L.A. Live and will be televised on MLB Network. Fans can catch their first glimpses of tomorrow’s MLB All-Stars as MLB clubs draft players that will shape the future of their franchises on national television.

Last year’s MLB Draft, which aired on ESPN and MLB Network, took place for the first time during All-Star Week and was the most-watched in the event’s history. The 30 clubs will be represented by former players and club officials within a group that will feature Hall of Famers and former All-Stars.

The first-year player draft is the primary mechanism of Major League Baseball for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams.

Rounding out MLB Live in DTLA will be the All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Mastercard on July 19th where fans can see the 2022 MLB All-Stars and their families showcase their style on a classic Hollywood Red Carpet. Wrapping around from Xbox Plaza onto Chick Hearn Court, the Red Carpet will lead players through a crowd of fans and media prior to going to Dodger Stadium, with exclusive coverage on MLB Network for this 17th edition of the show.
 

Dodger Stadium: July 15th-July 19th

MLB All-Star Week’s action on the field begins on July 16th at the historic Dodger Stadium with an exclusive doubleheader – the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game followed by the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. This hallmark doubleheader takes place on a Saturday for the first time ever. An All-Star Game for Minor League players, the Futures Game has featured some of MLB’s top stars before they became Major Leaguers including Miguel Cabrera (baseball first baseman of Detroit Tigers), Bryce Harper (baseball right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies), Francisco Lindor (baseball shortstop for New York Mets), Giancarlo Stanton (baseball right fielder for the New York Yankees), Mike Trout (baseball center fielder), and the Dodgers own Clayton Kershaw (baseball pitcher) and Trea Turner (baseball shortstop).

The MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game will feature stars from stage, screen, music, sports, and the Internet along with MLB legends. Past participants have included American DJ Steve Aoki, American actor Jessica Biel, American gymnast Simone Biles, American actors – Quincy Brown, Sterling K. Brown, American television talk show host Andy Cohen, American rapper Snoop Dogg, American actors – Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, American rapper Machine Gun Kelly, American television host Jimmy Kimmel, American actors – Anthony Mackie, Chris Pratt, American comedian Chris Rock, American dancer JoJo Siwa, American model Kate Upton, and Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, along with legendary players like Andre Dawson (American former baseball player), Jennie Finch (American former softball player), Steve Garvey (American former baseball player), Rickey Henderson (American baseball athlete), Hunter Pence (baseball right fielder), CC Sabathia (baseball pitcher), Ozzie Smith (American former baseball player), and Fernando Valenzuela (baseball pitcher).

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby headlines Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 18th from the Dodger Stadium. ESPN will exclusively televise the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, which will also be available on ESPN Radio and the ESPN App. Spanish-language radio coverage will be available on Univision Radio and the Uforia Audio App.

The MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time in four decades on July 19th. The 2022 Midsummer Classic will join the All-Star Games of 1949, 1959 and 1980 as those hosted by the Dodgers franchise, with the latter two being played in the City of Los Angeles (US).

The 92nd Midsummer Classic will mark the 13th to be played in the State of California, the most among any State. In addition to the aforementioned games played in Los Angeles, the Cities of Anaheim (1967, 1989, 2010), Oakland (1987), San Diego (1978, 1992, 2016), and San Francisco (1961, 1984, 2007) have also played host to baseball’s annual Summer showcase.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS and worldwide by 70 partners in 16 languages across 210 countries and territories.

Fox Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and Univision Radio (Spanish) will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the ‘Midsummer Classic’, is an annual professional baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball and contested between the all-stars from the American League and the National League.

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