The MLB All Star Game is played in July and is traditionally played on the second or third Tuesday of the month. The game marks the symbolic halfway point of the MLB season. The season’s mathematical halfway point is actually within the previous calendar week. Both leagues share an All-Star break. In 2018, one Thursday night game was added to the MLB schedule. The game itself is played in the same stadium as the previous season’s final game.
The American League’s lineup was star-studded, with Giancarlo Stanton tattooing the ball nearly out of the park. Byron Buxton turned on another home run. The National League’s starting pitcher, Framber Valdez, went on a hitless inning. He also threw three ground balls in the game. The game was a spectacle with built-in drama and unprecedented matchups.
Taking the field in the first game of the All-Star Game is a highlight of the year. The game’s host city, Los Angeles, celebrates its 60th anniversary, and looks even better. There were several future Hall-of-Famers in the lineup, including Ricky Henderson, Paul Molitor, George Brett, Alan Trammell, Goose Gossage, and Pete Rose. The roster this year also included former major leaguer Dave Winfield and Steve Carlton.
The game will be televised on FOX in its national broadcast at 7 p.m. ET. It will be broadcasted in 15 languages, including Spanish, with ESPN Radio providing exclusive national coverage. As usual, a variety of players will start the game, including Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Rays pitcher Shane McClanahan. There will also be some notable debuts, including a number of pitchers who have never pitched outside of their bullpen before.