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MLB: Who Is Playing In National vs. American League All-Star Game Tonight?

At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles tonight, the 92nd annual MLB All-Star game will be played, in which the best of the best players from the National League teams will compete against those from American League teams. This major game signifies the middle of the MLB season, with athletes not playing in this game getting the longest break that they will have all season. While the Dodgers are a National League team, the composite American League team will begin the game as the “home” team, with reports that Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start off the game. Kershaw’s home field advantage will hopefully work in the favor of the National League team, which has only won 4 of the last 24 All-Star games. New pitcher Shane McClanahan, who made his MLB debut on the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020, will be the starting pitcher for the American League team.

The interesting aspect of the All-Star Game is there is an impossibility that at least one player from each MLB team will be represented in the starting lineup, considering that there are 15 teams in the American League and 15 in the National League, whereas only 9 players play on the field at a time, with the added designated hitter making 10. Therefore, those who are diehard for a certain team may be disappointed to see that the only player representing their home team is a pitcher or reserved player that will most likely not even play. A few teams scarcely represented in the roster of this year’s game are the Pirates, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Orioles, and Royals. However, those who are fans of the Blue Jays, Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves will each have at least two players on the field to cheer for. 

Brothers William and Willson Contreras, who play for the Cubs and Braves, respectively, will be brought together on the National Team in this All-Star game, with William as the designated hitter for Kershaw, and Willson as the catcher. Other big names that will grace Dodger Stadium tonight for the National Team include Padres third baseman Manny Machado, Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and Giants outfielder Joc Pederson. As for the American League team, Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will join two Yankees outfielders, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. While the stacking of Yankees players in the outfield feels like an unfair advantage, considering that Judge and Stanton play together on a daily basis, we must wait and see how all of these all-star players come together in an attempt to win and positively represent their own leagues.

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