MLBbros Are Gunning For An All-Star LA Blackout

MLBbros Are Gunning For An All-Star LA Blackout

Since the debut of the first Black player in the MLB, Jackie Robinson, there have been several notable Black All-Stars. Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, and Frank Thomas are just a few of the well-deserving Black players who have achieved this great feat.

The 2022 MLB season is still in its early stages, but if the early indicators are any sure signs, we may have a plethora of new Black All-Stars. 

 

MLBbros Bound for L.A.

The first quarter of the season is hardly a large enough sample size to predict All Star rosters. With MLB rules stating that every team must be represented at the All-Star game, this helps us to broaden our perspective for potential All Star players. MLBbros Byron Buxton, JP Crawford, and Jazz Chisholm are the best candidates to represent the Black players in Los Angeles, the home of the 2022 MLB All Star game.

Byron Buxton: I mentioned earlier in the season that if Byron Buxton could remain healthy, he would be a hot topic in the MVP conversation. While a knee injury did result in him missing almost two weeks of playing time, he has since come back on a tear.

Through 16 games Buxton is batting .290 with 7 HR. Not to mention since his return to the lineup the Twins have been winning more consistently, winning eight out of their last ten games.

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J.P. Crawford: The Seattle Mariners shortstop is having a career season. He is batting .364 and has improved dramatically at the plate this season. Fresh off a 5 year/ $51 million contract extension, Crawford has rewarded Seattle with his best season to date.

Although he has not been the defensive superstar that he was years prior, his body of work (Gold Glove 2020) shows he can return to being an elite defender. If he can maintain his improved batting and return to top tier defense, he will undoubtedly be Seattle’s All-Star representative.

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Jazz Chisholm: After injuries slowed down what was an overall promising year in 2021, the Miami Marlins 2nd baseman Jazz Chisholm has started strong once again. Chisholm is still providing excellent defense on the field and tremendous speed on the basepaths.

He already has three triples on the year, which is one shy of his previous year’s total of four. With four HRs also and a .329 batting average, Chisholm is proving to be one of the best all-around young players in the sport.

 

MLBbros on All-Star Watch

 

 

There are also some MLBbros who are on the All-Star radar and can boost their chances with strong performances in May and June. Josh Bell and George Springer are both having good seasons for their respective clubs.

MLBbro Josh Bell, while not a household name, is on fire batting an impressive .349 and is top five in the National League in Batting Average and Hits. In his seventh year, Bell is putting together the best season since his 2019 All-Star season.

George Springer is no stranger to the All-Star game, as he has already made three appearances. Yet, he has not been an All-Star since 2019. He is finding success early in his first year with his new team: the Toronto Blue Jays. If he can continue being an offensive catalyst at the top of their lineup, and the Blue Jays continue their success, there is a good chance that Springer makes his fourth All-Star appearance in Los Angeles. 

 

 

The All-Star game in baseball is one of the most competitive All-Star games in professional sports. Both leagues fight for supremacy and the game is fun and compelling. If these MLBbros continue to excel through the summer months of the season, they will earn themselves an opportunity to shine on one of the biggest stages the sport can offer.

Iconic Dodger Stadium Celebrates Jackie Robinson’s 75th Anniversary During 2022 All-Star Week

Iconic Dodger Stadium Celebrates Jackie Robinson’s 75th Anniversary During 2022 All-Star Week

LOS ANGELES, CA — Forty-two years ago was the last time Dodger Stadium hosted a Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star game, and this July the star-studded affair will turn up another notch. The number 42 is a significant number not only to the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, but also MLB as the league will celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson and the 75th anniversary of him breaking the baseball color barrier during All-Star week.

 

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The week kicks off Friday July 15 through Tuesday July 19 in three iconic locations: Dodger Stadium, Santa Monica Pier and L.A. Live. 

 

 

The festivities include the Red Carpet event, Home Run Derby, and of course the 92nd All-Star game.

The announcement was made on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium alongside Dodgers President Stan Kasten, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, MLB Chief Operations & Strategy Officer Chris Marinak, and several Dodger players including Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman and Walker Buehler to name a few. 

 

 

With several events taking place in the locations previously mentioned, the communities that can’t be overshadowed are those in the Black and Latino communities around the Los Angeles area during All-Star week.

“We have an MLB Youth Academy in Compton that will have a whole host of programming, in terms of instructional academy as well as play,” Marinak said. “We’re in the process of finalizing our community engagement activities where we are going to be building fields, we are to be doing ‘Play Ball‘ events (and we’re going to be engaging with those communities. You’re going to see local teams compete at ‘Play Ball” Park and just getting an opportunity to participate in All-Star Week.”

Play Ball Park will be the world’s biggest baseball festival – inside the Los Angeles Convention Center and through L.A. Live. A huge fan-focused event that brings together music, baseball, technology with various MLB celebrities. A grand opportunity for MLB to blend the culture and grow the sport of baseball amongst the youth from various urban communities. 

 

 

MLB will also host a celebrity All-Star softball game and SIRIUSXM Futures Game at Dodger Stadium followed by an exclusive concert on Saturday night. With many players and fans calling for the league to incorporate more of the culture into their standard operations moving forward. Though the concert may not top what millions witnessed earlier in the year at Super Bowl LVI with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as the headliners, however MLB can come very close. 

We are absolutely focused on latin, hip hop, pop that type of genre, we don’t know exactly who we are going to get yet,” Marinak said. “Because coming out of the pandemic it happened to be the biggest touring year for the concert acts so we’re seeing who’s available. But this is absolutely focused on more multicultural and engaging younger fans and creating a cultural activation that really showcases the sport.”

A premiere time for baseball to showcase this game to a new audience and a start enticing young players to get more involved with the sport. 

 

Beyond the economic effect that the MLB All-Star week will bring to the City of Angels, the league has grounds to make a lasting perception of community care that goes beyond the game. And in return, the rediscovery of the love of the game that could emerge in many neighborhoods that felt forgotten in times prior. 

With five days of festivities in Los Angeles, MLB will have to come close to what the NFL did with Super Bowl LVI to make a strong impact on its players and fans across the nation. For five days all of the baseball world will be focused on the iconic Dodger Stadium and Los Angeles, where stars are made. 

*Tickets for the indoor portion of Play Ball Park can be purchased at AllStarGame.com