This year’s MLB All-Star Game may be held in Minnesota, but California baseball fans will have plenty to cheer for. A whopping 16 players from California teams will represent their respective leagues, including a league-leading six players from the Oakland Athletics. The last time the A’s had six players in an All-Star game: 1975.*
Elsewhere in California, the Dodgers are sending four players, including newcomer Yasiel Puig, one of 25 All-Stars making their Midsummer Classic debut. The San Francisco Giants have three representatives, Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence and Tim Hudson. The San Diego Padres have Tyson Ross and Huston Street, and Mike Trout will be representing the Los Angeles Angels.
The main show is tomorrow, but the action starts tonight with the Home Run Derby. New this year, there is a seven outs format with bracketed play after the first round. For more information on the recent changes to the Home Run Derby, click here.
Following the splashy spectacle of the Derby, the focus will turn to the seeing how the American League’s best match up with National League’s best and who will win the coveted World Series home field advantage. While injuries and pitching schedules will keep some players from taking the field, fans are already buzzing about many California team favorites. Will Clayton Kershaw strike out Mike Trout? Will Yasiel Puig steal the show? (and how ’bout that hair?) Will Josh Donaldson walk away a household name?
If you want to catch the game, here are our top picks for cheering on the Midsummer Classic, broken down by baseball city:
Kezar Pub | 770 Stanyan St | (415) 386-9292 | thekezarpub.com
Lefty O’Doul’s | 333 Geary St | (415) 982-8900 | leftyodouls.biz
Pete’s Tavern | 128 King St | (415) 817-5040 | petestavernsf.com
The Public House | 24 Willie Mays Plaza | (415) 644-0240 | publichousesf.com
The GO Sports Bar | 736 Washington St | (510) 452-1258 | thegosportsbar.com
George & Walt’s | 5445 College Ave | (510) 653-7441
Halftime Sports Bar | 316 14th St | (510) 836-4400
Warehouse Bar & Grill | 402 Webster St | (510) 451-3161 | thewarehousebar.net
OC Sports Grill | 450 N State College Blvd, Orange | (714) 935-0300 | ocsportsgrill.com
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar | 10624 Katella Ave, Anaheim | (714) 535-4335
The Catch | 2100 E Katella Ave, Anaheim | (714) 935-0101 | catchanaheim.com
The Corner Office | 580 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa | (714) 979-9922 | cornerofficesportsbar.com
Barney’s Beanery | 8447 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood | (323) 654-2287 | barneysbeanery.com
Blue Palms Brewhouse | 6124 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles | (323) 464-2337 | bluepalmsbrewhouse.com
Leo’s All Star Sports Bar | 2491 Honolulu Ave, La Crescenta | (818) 249-5858 | leosallstar.com
The Short Stop | 1455 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles | (213) 482-4942
Bubs at the Ballpark | 715 J St | (619) 546-0815 | bubssandiego.com
Dirty Birds | 4656 Mission Blvd | (858) 274-2473 | dirtybirdspb.com
Endzone Pub and Grill | 2859 University Ave | (619) 677-2928
Slaters 50/50 | 2750 Dewey Rd | (619) 398-2600
The 2014 Homerun Derby will be held on Monday, July 14, on ESPN at 5:00 PM PST
The 2014 All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX at 4:30 PM PST.
Congratulations to all the players from California teams:
- Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics
- Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
- Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics
- Brandon Moss, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics
- Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics
- Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics
- Sean Doolittle, LHP, Oakland Athletics
- Yasiel Puig, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Dee Gordon, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Hunter Pence, OF, San Francisco Giants
- Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Zack Greinke, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants
- Tim Hudson, RHP, San Francisco Giants
- Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
- Huston Street, RHP, San Diego Padres
*Technically, the A’s have a seventh player, as newly acquired Jeff Samardzija was selected to represent his old team for the National League. Samardzija will enjoy the festivities, but sit out the game.
Which All-Stars are you most excited to see play this year?