Pregame introductions are underway at Petco Park for the 87th All-Star Game. It's widely argued that he should be a Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible.
Randy Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch and former Padres All-Star closer Trevor Hoffman helped open, bringing the game ball to the mound from the bullpen accompanied by AC/DC's "Hell's Bells".
In that start, on July 25, he pitched 13 innings.
There was a home run on the game's fourth pitch for the second straight year; Bryant connected on a 96 miles per hour Chris Sale fastball with two outs as hitters swung early in the count to beat the shadows creeping in from the left-field corner in the late-afternoon start. In practice, not as much. "I told them that they have to do that for their whole career". All of this is on a compacted schedule when the game is on the west coast and you, essentially, have three fewer hours to work with because people aren't going to do stuff after the Derby or the Game. "The All-Star Game is the All-Star Game". There shouldn't be free spots, per se, on the team.
Hosmer, a Cooper City (Fla.) native and graduate of nearby Plantation American Heritage School, was named the game's Most Valuable Player after finishing 2 for 3 with that homer and two RBI. And he made baseball fun again - easily.
The victor of the batting title in the NL will receive a trophy that has a Gwynn statuette on it, and the AL batting champ will win one with Carew's statuette.
The National League's vaunted starting pitching fell short against the best from a league of hitters. Despite Rose's opinion, Ortiz would appear to stand a good chance of becoming the first designated hitter enshrined in Cooperstown.
David Ortiz's jersey is the most popular this season, judging by sales on MLBShop.com between January 1 and the All-Star Game.
Scherzer just welcomed the challenge.
"I would love to face David", Fernandez told ESPN on Monday. If he gets a hit, great. I just want to compete against the best. In Ortiz's eyes, the spotlight belonged to everyone Tuesday.
For the other four, this was the first time they would ever wear an All-Star uniform, though it didn't necessarily look it. OK, maybe the Royals will still make the playoffs and play in the World Series for the second-straight year.
Union chief Tony Clark called that fact "disappointing". He said it was a slider that missed, and Ortiz was on his way to first base with a walk. "There's a lot of things going on, and the preparation has taken a lot away from me, and my body is kind of screaming at me like, 'Dude, seriously?'"
The commissioner said that no expansion talks would be held before the stadium situations in Tampa Bay and Oakland are resolved. "The All-Star break is the one time these guys get to recover", Clark said, acknowledging the long grind of the season.
"I'm nervous", Fernandez said of how he felt. Fernandez has two years left on his contract, and it will likely take quite the haul to snag the talented righty from Miami.