By Edward Alec Leon
The mid-summer classic is one of the most exciting series of events featuring the best athletes in Major League Baseball. The 2015 MLB All-Star Game and opening events will be held in Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. This will be the 86th installment of the star-studded event and should boast some of this year’s most interesting storylines this baseball season.
One of the more interesting situations with this All-Star Game is the possible reintroduction of all-time hits leader, Pete Rose. The Cincinnati legend has had some serious support from fans and players to allow the once tarnished ball player back into baseball and into the Hall-of-Fame. He will most definitely be involved in one way or another in the weekend’s events; even commissioner Bud Selig has announced that Rose would not be prohibited from participating in this year’s ceremonies.
The second interesting development in this year’s All-Star Game is the support from the Kansas City Royals’ fan base. Since the team made it to the World Series last year, their fans have taken charge and voted nearly their entire team into the starting lineup for the American League. Although legal according to the rules, the rest of baseball has questioned the voting practice. As of the beginning of July, all but two players in the starting lineup are from the Royals. The remaining two are Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout, both the recipients of the American League MVP award over the past three seasons.
Regardless of the unique situations attached to this year’s festivities, the events should be exciting for all viewers. The Future’s Game, which showcases the up and coming talent from every organization’s farm team each year, will take place on Sunday, July 12th. After the Future’s Game, celebrities and former players will link up in the annual All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. On Monday, July 13th, Cincinnati will host the Home Run Derby where eight of professional baseball’s finest long ball hitters will compete to become champion.
The 86th Edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is gearing up to be another exciting, star-filled event which could involve the changing of the voting process for the future as well as the remembrance of past greats.
The University of Arizona saw two of their Wildcats get drafted in this year’s NBA draft on June 27th. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson were picked by the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trailblazers with the 8th and 23rd overall pick (respectively). Hollis-Jefferson was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a trade that night.