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 unveiled the schedule of events for All-Star Week, which will include special programs and events unique to the city at Dodger Stadium, LA Live and the Santa Monica Pier & Beach from July 15–19.
Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Broadcaster Joe Davis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, MLB Chief Operations & Strategy Officer Chris Marinak, Los Angeles City Councilmember 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 the Centerfield Plaza at Dodger Stadium.
There were 25 All-Star appearances among the players, with more likely ahead as the Dodgers look forward to hosting the game.
“I hope I make it,” said Kershaw, who has eight of those appearances. “It’ll be fun. This is such a great place to play, and I think everybody knows that. All the road teams that come in and get to play here, they say what a great place Dodger Stadium is, and we’re excited to share it. It’ll be awesome. ”
Kasten said as much as 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 fans have supported their team like the Dodgers’ fans have,” Kasten said. “It’s been nine straight years of leading baseball in attendance. They are hungry for this game, and they are very excited that we are 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 from Friday, July 15–17 at Santa Monica Pier, offering casual and instructional youth baseball and softball activities.
On the beach, there will be a daily All-Star Yoga class in front of the Pacific Ocean. Up above on the pier, fans can shop for All-Star merchandise, participate in batting and pitching cages and play interactive games. On Saturday, July 16, MLB will also partner on a beach clean-up with Heal the Bay, a local nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds in Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean.
MLB Live in DTLA will take place from July 16-19. It will kick off with the Capital One PLAY BALL PARK, the world’s biggest and most playable baseball and softball festival, inside and outside the Los Angeles Convention Center and throughout LA Live. The event is a blend of baseball, softball, music, food, technology and fashion. MLB celebrities taking part 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, which will take place Saturday to Tuesday of All-Star Week, is free to fans and will host 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 round out 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.
“What a marriage for event and site,” Davis said. “We’ve got the sunshine. We’ve got the ballpark. We’ve got in this city of stars all the best players in the sport coming together to celebrate. ”
The action on the field will begin Saturday, July 16, at Dodger Stadium with a doubleheader of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game followed by the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game.
The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will take place Monday, July 18, and will be televised exclusively by ESPN. The MLB All-Star Game— the first at Dodger Stadium since 1980 — will be Tuesday, July 19, and will be televised by FOX Sports. It is the fourth All-Star Game hosted by the Dodgers and the second at Dodger Stadium.
“We have seen this place make history and mark history, and we’re so excited for the legacy that the All-Star Game brings here in the greatest sports town in the world, a place where we’ve won every championship of every major sport in the last eight years, where we will host the Olympics and the Paralympics for a third time in 2028, ”Garcetti said. “We celebrate what is great about Dodger blue, about this family, about this city and about making sure Los Angeles shows the world what baseball is all about.”