The annual All-Star Game in Major League Baseball often divides MLB’s fanbase. Some appreciate the game as a chance to see the best baseball players in the world all in one game. Others see a game that isn’t hotly contested and believe that the regular-season games are the ones that matter.

Certainly, in the past the All-Star Game held greater weight: it used to determine home-field advantage for the World Series. However, since 2017, this rule has been abolished and, for those looking for meaning, the All-Star Game doesn’t offer a whole lot.

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Nonetheless, the multi-day break offers players on all MLB teams a valuable period of rest. For those that are injured, it also offers a recovery period without costing the player any missed games. The game also provides an opportunity for fans and sports bettors to engage themselves in affiliated events, like the ever-so-popular Home Run Derby.

The 2023 MLB All-Star Game is set to take place on July 11th at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington (5 PM PT/8 PM ET). This will be a significant moment in the city’s sports history. With so many teams in the Major Leagues, the opportunity to host an All-Star Game is a rare one. Since its foundation back in 1977, the All-Star Game has only made one other appearance in Seattle (2001). MLB uploaded the game a few years ago for those that want to take a trip down memory lane via their verified YouTube account.

Manny Ramirez, a member of the Boston Red Sox, was a starter on the American League’s All-Star roster that season. With the announcement of the starting lineup for Seattle’s second rendition of the All-Star Game, there are no Red Sox. However, Kenley Jansen will be among the pitchers selected for the American League’s team.

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Jansen, heading into Wednesday, July 5th, 2023, had the following stats: 3.34 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 29.2 innings pitched. Those aren’t actually All-Star caliber numbers in some ways. But the powers that be want every team represented and Jansen was the choice. Arguably, the pitcher himself did not think he was All-Star caliber this season. This was a point he all but said, as quoted in an article at MLB.com (Julia Kreuz/July 2nd, 2023):

“I wasn’t expecting it, to be honest with you. I wasn’t expecting this one,” said Jansen. “But, you know, when I heard my name, it was pretty special. I’m just gonna honor it and wear this uniform, it’s gonna be great.”

Were their more worthy picks for making the Red Sox quota? The point is debatable but might not be worth debating much. Lots of All-Star Games feature a couple of players that are sketchy picks.

Dusty Baker, the coach of the Houston Astros, will take charge of the American League on July 11th. A few of his starters are Jonah Heim from the Rangers as the catcher, Yandy Díaz from the Rays at first base, and Marcus Semien from the Rangers at second. Third base will be locked down by Josh Jung from the Rangers, and Corey Seager from the same team will be at shortstop. Randy Arozarena will be in the outfield while other starting outfielders, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge, are going to be replaced.

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