Tuesday, the stars of Major League Baseball, past and present, will come together at Citi Field in New York City for the 84th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The All-Star Game has lots of history in New York City, and was here just five years ago in 2008, the last season that the old Yankee Stadium was open. The New York Mets previously hosted the All-Star Game in 1964, their first season in their old stadium, Shea Stadium, which also closed in 2008.
The All-Star Game will have its usual New York flavor, with second baseman Robinson Cano and the greatest reliever of all time, pitcher Mariano Rivera representing the Bronx Bombers for the American League squad. Cano is leading the New York Yankees in the absence of the all-time greats, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, each of who is currently playing in the minor leagues in hopes of returning to the Big Leagues soon. The second-base stud is hitting .293 on the season with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in the final year of his contract. Rivera, meanwhile, is doing what he has done his entire career in a season the will be the final one for the future Hall of Famer. Rivera has 31 saves, sports an ERA of 1.89, and has blown only two saves on the season, the first of which was at the stadium that he may pitch in Tuesday.
The Mets meanwhile will be represented by perennial All-Star third-baseman David Wright, and, perhaps a fixture for future All-Star Games, pitcher Matt Harvey. Wright is hitting .306 with 13 home runs while driving in 43 runs, numbers you have come to expect from the Mets captain. As far as the Mets representative from the bullpen, there is a chance that Harvey will get the nod as the starting pitcher in Tuesday’s Summer Classic, a decision that will be made by San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy. Harvey has amassed a record of 7-2 with an ERA of 2.35, good for third in the Major’s, while striking out 147, which leads the National League.
There is a chance for another member of the New York Yankees to make the team, as relief pitcher David Robertson battles for others for the final roster spot on the American League All-Star team. Meanwhile, on the National League squad, rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012 and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is on the ballot for the final roster spot for the home team. Puig made his Major League debut on June 3, 2013, and in the 33 games he has played since then, he is hitting .409 with 9 home runs and 19 runs batted in. I think there are many around the country who wants to see Puig on the same stage as the biggest stars in the game.
It will be great to see the stars of Major League Baseball in New York City, and though it looks like a long shot that the Mets will make the World Series, the Yankees are still in contention for the playoffs. A win for the American League, and it would mean home-field advantage in the Fall Classic. Perhaps it would be fitting for Mariano Rivera to close out the Summer Classic in the final year of his career, then do the same thing in November. Only time will tell.