Dodgers Reveal Los Angeles All-Star Week Event Schedule | by Rowan Kavner | May 2022

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by Rowan Kavner

The All-Star Game will return to Los Angeles for the first time in 42 years on the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.

The Dodgers and Major League Baseball have unveiled the All-Star Week event schedule, which will include special programs and city-unique events at Dodger Stadium, LA Live and Santa Monica Pier & Beach July 15-19. .

Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger broadcaster Joe Davis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, MLB Director of Operations and Strategy Chris Marinak, Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo and former All-Stars Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts, Walker Buehler, Freddie Freeman, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner and Trea Turner made the All-Star Week announcements Tuesday afternoon from Centerfield Plaza at Dodger Stadium.

There have been 25 All-Star appearances among the players, with more chances to advance as the Dodgers look forward to hosting the game.

“Hopefully I’ll be successful,” said Kershaw, who has eight of those appearances. “It’s going to be fun. It’s a great place to play, and I think everyone knows that. Every team on the road that comes to play here says what a great place Dodger Stadium is, and we’re happy to share it. It will be great.

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Kasten said that while every fanbase deserves an All-Star Game, Dodger fans have been clamoring for one since the new ownership group’s introductory press conference 10 years ago.

“No city and no city’s fans supported their team like Dodgers fans,” Kasten said. “Baseball has been the attendance leader for nine straight years. They’re hungry for this game, and they’re very excited that we’re finally going to have it. As you know, here in LA, we are the city of big events and big parties. That’s what we’re going to have in July — five days of a big, big event and a big, big party.

The first event will be the first-ever Capital One All-Star Oceanfront. The beach event will be free to the public and will take place Friday, July 15-17 at the Santa Monica Pier, offering casual and educational baseball and softball activities for young people.

On the beach, there will be a daily All-Star yoga class facing the Pacific Ocean. Above the pier, fans can purchase All-Star merchandise, compete in batting and pitching cages, and play interactive games. On Saturday, July 16, MLB will also partner in a beach cleanup with Heal the Bay, a local nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean.

MLB Live in DTLA will take place July 16-19. It will kick off with Capital One PLAY BALL PARK, the world’s largest and most playable baseball and softball festival, inside and outside the Los Angeles Convention Center and throughout LA Live. The event is a mix of baseball, softball, music, food, technology and fashion. Participating MLB celebrities will include Hall of Famers, All-Stars, Olympians and broadcasters. Tickets are available for the indoor portion at AllStarGame.com. Activities outside the convention center are free.

The MLB All-Star Block Party, taking place Saturday through Tuesday of All-Star Week, is free to fans and will feature more interactive games, free giveaways, music and a beer garden.

On Sunday, the 2022 MLB Draft will take place at MLB Live on Xbox Plaza. The event will be televised on MLB Network. The All-Star Red Carpet Show will complement the MLB Live in DTLA events on July 19. Fans will see the 2022 MLB stars and their families on a classic Hollywood red carpet.

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“What a wedding for the event and the venue,” Davis said. “We have the sun. We have the base stage. We have in this city of stars all the best players in the sport coming together to celebrate.

On-court action begins Saturday, July 16 at Dodger Stadium with a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game doubleheader followed by the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 18 and will be televised exclusively by ESPN. The MLB All-Star Game – the first at Dodger Stadium since 1980 – will take place on Tuesday, July 19 and will be televised by FOX Sports. This is the fourth All-Star Game hosted by the Dodgers and the second at Dodger Stadium.

“We’ve seen this place go down in history and make history, and we’re so excited about the legacy that the All-Star Game brings here in the greatest sports city in the world, a place where we’ve won all championships in every major sport over the past eight years, where we will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the third time in 2028,” Garcetti said. “We’re celebrating what’s great with Dodger blue, with this family, with this city and making sure Los Angeles shows the world what baseball is all about.”

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