In April of 2018, the Los Angeles Dodgers were awarded the 2020 MLB All-Star Game in what would mark the 40th anniversary since the event was last held at Dodger Stadium. In preparation for the Midsummer Classic, the team unveiled a renovation project to upgrade the pavilion and Chavez Ravine as a whole.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to the cancellation of last year’s All-Star Game and the Dodgers were given the 2022 event in its place. First came this year’s exhibition, which saw skipper Dave Roberts managing the National League for a third time.
They were unable to end an All-Star Game losing streak that now stands at eight years, which Roberts hopes will take place next season as he is looking forward to the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium getting to have their moment in the spotlight.
“It’s going to be special,” Roberts said of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game finally arriving in Los Angeles. “And I tell you, the Rockies and the City of Denver did a fantastic job. Just kind of facilitating and hosting the Home Run Derby, the game itself, all the accommodations were fantastic.
“But with next year, the City of Los Angeles, it’s obviously — it’s a long time coming and I know our city is going to do it right with the help of the Dodgers and it’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait. I hope I get to manage next year.”
The 2022 All-Star Game will mark the fourth time in franchise history the Dodgers will host, including the third in Los Angeles and second at Dodger Stadium.
Since Dodger Stadium last hosted in 1980, a California team held the Midsummer Classic seven times: California/L.A. Angels (1989, 2010), San Diego Padres (1992, 2016) and San Francisco Giants (1984, 2007). Furthermore, nine teams have twice played host during that same stretch.
Dodgers make light of All-Star Game boos
Although the Colorado Rockies are not who many would deem a rival to the Dodgers, those in attendance at Coors Field didn’t hesitate to voice their disdain for the defending World Series champions.
Walker Buehler, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner were booed during introductions of NL pitchers and reserves, and Roberts and Max Muncy received the same treatment when starters were announced.
Muncy said afterward the Dodgers joked about that possibility, and Turner poked fun by thanking fans for their hospitality via a social media post on Instagram.
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