Dodgers reveal All-Star Game plans from Santa Monica Pier to downtown – Daily News
LOS ANGELES — The All-Star Game has grown a lot in the 42 years since the Dodgers last hosted it in 1980 — so much so that one place and one day can no longer contain it all.
MLB announced Tuesday afternoon the schedule for this year’s All-Star Game to be hosted by the Dodgers after a two-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will span five days (July 15 through the July 19 game) and three venues – Dodger Stadium, LA Live and the Downtown Los Angeles Convention Center and the Santa Monica Pier and Beach.
“As everyone knows, Los Angeles hosts big events and big parties,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said Tuesday. “It’s going to be five days of big, big events. Five days of big, big parties.
Events begin at a unique Southern California location – the Capital One All-Star Oceanfront in Santa Monica. From July 15-17, the event will feature baseball and softball activities on the beach and other activities on the pier. Batting and pitching cages will be installed on the pier. There are no admission fees.
LA Live will host Play Ball Park and “festival” events celebrating baseball from July 16 through game day. Events and activities will take place inside and outside LA Live and the Convention Center.
Advance tickets to Play Ball Park are on sale now for $10 with a promo code through Thursday at AllStarGame.com. Some outdoor events will be free.
LA Live will also host the MLB Amateur Draft on Sunday, July 17 and the All-Star Red Carpet Show on July 19.
Dodger Stadium will host the High School All-American Game on July 15, the All-Star Futures Game and Celebrity Softball Game on July 16, the Home Run Derby on July 18 and the All-Star Game on July 19.
“Hopefully I get there,” said Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, an eight-time All-Star. “Every team on the road that comes to play here says what a great place Dodger Stadium is. We’re thrilled to share that.
Capitalizing on the 42 years since their home, the Dodgers will pay tribute to Jackie Robinson, who wore No. 42 when he broke the baseball color barrier with the franchise 75 years ago. His widow, Rachel, celebrates her 100th birthday on the day of the All-Star Game.
“There were a lot of opportunities that came from Jackie and all the other players that came forward,” Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts said.
The Dodgers first hosted the game in 1959 when they played at the LA Memorial Coliseum after moving from Brooklyn to the West Coast. Dodger Stadium, baseball’s third-oldest major-tournament stadium, didn’t open until 1962.
Heading into Tuesday’s game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts still wasn’t ready to say who will start Wednesday’s game against the Giants.
“There are some thoughts,” Roberts said. “Part of it depends on how tonight goes. Some of them don’t really depend on how tonight goes. I think we’ll see how it goes and then figure out how we’re going to sail tomorrow.
Last year’s playoff series between the Dodgers and Giants featured similar maneuvers with starting pitchers (and fly-half).
“You can tell it’s game spirit,” Roberts said. “But I just don’t think we’re determined who we want to start tomorrow.”
With three days off on an eight-day streak ending Thursday, the Dodgers moved Julio Urias to start Tuesday rather than giving him too many days between starts.
Tony Gonsolin could start on Wednesday or they could opt for a bullpen game. Adverse weather forecast for this weekend in Chicago is another factor to consider.
Giants (LHP Alex Wood, 2-1, 4.19 ERA) at Dodgers (TBA), Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., SNLA, 570 AM