The 2016 All Star game starts in about 30 minutes (if you’re reading this right when it came out) and I could not be more excited! Even though there are no Blue Jays in the starting lineup, I REALLY hope the American League team wins! If this is your first All Star Game watch, let’s catch you up!
- The league that wins the All Star Game has the home field advantage in the final World Series post season series! Unlike in the League Divison Series, or League Championship series where the team with the better record has the home team advantage, whichever league wins the ASG claims the WS home field advantage! With my favourite team being the Toronto Blue Jays, I will be “rooting” for the American League to win, because the Blue Jays are very possible playoff contenders, and we could possibly get as far as the World Series!
- The starting lineup of the All Star Game is voted on every year by MLB fans! Every team has one player represented in each qualifying spot. Fans will vote until the deadline and the next day the starting lineups, bench, and bullpen will be announced.
- The bench and bullpen (as well as the overall team manager during the All Star Game) is managed by the 2 World Series team managers each year! This year the AL Manager is Ned Yost (from the Kansas City Royals, AKA 2015 World Series Champs!), and NL Manager is Terry Collins (from the New York Mets).
- Final Vote players are picked from the managers, and whoever wins the “final vote” fills the last spot on the 40 man team roster. This years AL winner was Blue Jays and Canada’s very own Michael Saunders!
Now that you’re caught up on all things All Star Game, let’s get to my predictions!
Winner: American League
Final Score: I really have no clue, but something close!
MVP: Mike Trout or David Ortiz
MT: Looking for his 3 straight All Star Game MVP award!
DO: Looking for an MVP award in his final All Star Game.
4th Inning: Aaron Sanchez (Mother – “Don’t hurt yourself… PLEASE!!!!!”)
Let me know your #ASG predictions and tweet them to me here (@aalyssacohen)!