One of the most interesting events in major league baseball is near, as the 81st edition of the 2010 MLB All-Star game will be taking place this Tuesday July 13 at the Angel Stadium located in Anaheim. The game features the best players from both the National League and the American League, and the major important of the match resides in the fact that the winner will be obtaining home field advantage for the World Series.
Now, if you are a fan of this midsummer classic, you will notice that there will be new rules at this edition, as this is the first time that rosters for the teams will have 34 players, and also, the pitchers who started the regular season match that takes place before the All-Star game, are ineligible to pitch and will need to be replaced, no matter how favored they were in votes, though such players will still be considered all-stars.
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The AL is heavily favored to come up with the victory as the NL hasn’t won the All-Star game since 1996, though at that time, the Braves were the team that sent the most players in Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Mark Wohlers, Greg Maddux, Chipper Jones and Fred McGriff, and now there are in the same position, as they will be sending a handful of players in Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann and Tim Hudson, therefore, the National League might surprise and come up with the win this time around.
Charlie Manuel will be managing the NL team this year, and people who know him are aware about his strong desire for winning, which is why he has chosen Omar Infante, a player that is very capable both at bath and as a pitcher. And even though Infante might not be at the same level than other such as Ryam Zimmerman or Joey Votto, he was chosen for a reason, and Manuel is gladly carrying with the responsibility of naming him to the team.
The Angels organization can hardly believe that the big day is coming after they were granted toe midsummer classic two years ago, and they are putting a lot of work in order to refine every single little detail in order to make of this baseball party something baseball locals could not forget.
This is promising to be an outstanding match, and if the NL manages to beat the AL, it will be even more interesting.
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