It turns out that the Cincinnati Reds won’t be completely absent from the Major League Baseball All-Star Game after all.
Pitcher Luis Castillo will be the Reds’ sole representative at the 2022 All-Star Game, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19. Like other pitchers, Castillo was drafted by MLB players. It will be the right-hander’s second appearance in the summer classic.
At press time, Castillo is 3-4 win-loss with a 2.92 ERA in 71 innings this season. He had missed the lockout-delayed spring training and the start of the 2022 season due to a shoulder strain.
“It’s kind of a surprise. I really don’t think so yet,” Castillo recently told MLB.com writer Jeff Wallner. “There are several other players who are having a fantastic year. Every player wants to be an All-Star. You feel like you’ve accomplished something bigger.”
Louis got the news. ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/IFzClSq8MK
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 10, 2022
Both National League (NL) and American League (AL) teams must include at least one player from each franchise in their respective leagues, and Castillo is for the Reds. Over a series of rounds, baseball fans voted for their favorite players for each field position, with the Reds players not receiving enough support to advance to the finals. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also did not choose any Reds as his special selection; those two spots went to Albert Pujols of the Cardinals (NL) and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (AL).
As of July 8, the Cincinnati Reds are 32-54 for the 2022 season, placing them last in the NL Central and third from bottom in all of MLB. Earlier this year, baseball pundits had said the Reds were on pace for a 125-loss season, the lowest for any team since 1900.
Brian Snitker, manager of the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, will lead the National League team, while Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker will captain the American League (Baker had managed to the Cincinnati Reds from 2008 to 2013).
League managers will determine starting pitchers the day before the game. Castillo is one of seven possible NL starting pitchers; there are also five relievers on the team (the AL has a total of 13 pitchers on its roster).
Several players and coaches affiliated with the Reds in the minor leagues will participate in the All-Star Futures Game, which is part of All-Star Week and will take place on July 16 at 7 pm ET. Like the MLB All-Star Game, the The All-Star Futures Game will be played at Dodger Stadium and is a seven-inning event, instead of the typical nine, showcasing the talent of each team’s farm system. MLB. Dodgers career catcher and longtime Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia will manage the NL team, while Jimmy Rollins, who has amassed multiple team records and awards during his many years as shortstop with the Philadelphia Phillies will lead the American League team. Both coaches have contributed to World Series wins.
Eric Davis, a Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer and 1990 World Series winner who now helps develop players in the minors, will serve as NL first base coach. Davis had been the Reds’ center fielder for several seasons and regularly recorded 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases per year.
Two players from the Reds’ minor league teams will be on the NL roster during the Futures game. Pitcher Andrew Abbott, who plays for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, has posted seven wins and a 4.09 ERA for 2022 as of press time. He was promoted from the High-A Dayton Dragons earlier this year. Meanwhile, Dragons shortstop Elly De La Cruz has hit 18 home runs and stolen 26 bases through July 8. The switch hitter hit three of those home runs during a doubleheader on July 7, shortly after being named to the Futures team. .
Find complete information on the 2022 MLB All-Star Game and All-Star Week activities, which also include the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, an MLB draft, fan festivals, public baseball instruction and music live.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were originally going to host the All-Star Game in 2020, but that game was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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