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MLB All-Star Game 2021: What to know

The 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be played on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver and will feature the top talent baseball has to offer.

The MLB All-Star game was first played in 1933 at Comiskey Park, in Chicago, and has been the annual Mid-Summer Classic ever since. The game was not played in 1945 due to World War II and in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 event isn’t without some controversy.

The game was set for Truist Park in Atlanta – the home of the Braves – but was moved to Colorado after Georgia lawmakers passed an election reform law. Republicans argued the legislation was necessary to shore up confidence in the election process. Democrats claimed the law was “Jim Crow on steroids.”

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Georgia was one of the key states that former President Trump’s campaign honed in on after the 2020 presidential election. President Biden narrowly won Georgia by roughly 12,000 votes.

Senate Republicans are set to run an ad during the game, hitting at Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., over MLB’s decision to move the game from Atlanta. The ad, first obtained by Fox News, will also run during the Home Run Derby on ESPN Monday, July 12. 

The All-Star Game will air on Fox. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee told Fox News that the ad buy will cost about $100,000 in total.

As the dust clears on the political back-and-forth, the game is set to go on.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Coors in the All-Star Game

A banner for the All-Star game hangs on the front of Coors Field near the sculpture entitled “The Player” after a news conference to kick off All-Star week Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The All-Star Game was played at Denver’s Coors Field once before, in 1998, when the American League defeated the National League, 13-8. Cleveland Indians’ second baseman Roberto Alomar was named MVP of the game.

The ballpark also hosted a memorable Home Run Derby that year. 

 

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American League starters

CA: Salvador Perez, Royals

1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays

2B: Marcus Semien, Blue Jays

3B: Rafael Devers, Red Sox

SS: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox

OF: Mike Trout, Angels

OF: Aaron Judge, Yankees

OF: Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays

DH/P: Shohei Ohtani, Angels

Though Trout was named an All-Star, he’s not slated to play due to injury. Ohtani was voted in as a pitcher and designated hitter – the first player ever achieve the honor.

It’s unclear who will be the opening starting pitcher. Among the options are: Ohtani, Gerrit Cole (Yankees), Lance Lynn (White Sox), Shane Bieber (Indians), Nathan Eovaldi (Red Sox), Kyle Gibson (Rangers), Yusei Kikuchi (Mariners) and Carlos Rodon (White Sox).

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National League starters

CA: Buster Posey, Giants

1B: Freddie Freeman, Braves

2B: Adam Frazier, Pirates

3B: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals

SS: Fernando Tatis, Jr., Padres

OF: Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

OF: Nick Castellanos, Reds

OF: Jesse Winker, Reds

It’s unclear who will be the starting pitcher. Among the options are: Yu Darvish (Padres), Brandon Woodruff (Brewers), Corbin Burnes (Brewers), Kevin Gausman (Giants), German Marquez (Rockies), Trevor Rogers (Marlins) and Zack Wheeler (Phillies).

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Recent results

Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, celebrates winning the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, celebrates winning the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

2020: Not held due to coronavirus pandemic

2019: American League, 4-3

2018: American League, 8-6 (10 innings)

2017: American League, 2-1 (10 innings)

2016: American League 4-2

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How to watch

MLB All-Star Weekend essentially begins Sunday afternoon at Coors Field with the MLB All-Star Futures Game featuring some of the top young players in baseball. That game will begin at 3 p.m. ET and can be seen on MLB Network.

On Monday, the MLB Home Run Derby will take place. The battle among the top home run hitters in the sport will start 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN.

Tuesday night will be the All-Star Game. First pitch is set for 8 p.m. on FOX. Joe Buck will be teaming up with John Smoltz for the play-by-play coverage. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci are also on the coverage.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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