Major League Baseball paid tribute to the late Hank Aaron just before the start of the All-Star Game
DENVER — The Latest on the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Coors Field (all times local):
Major League Baseball paid tribute to the late Hank Aaron just before the start of the All-Star Game.
Aaron died on Jan. 22 at age 86. Billye, the wife of the record 25-time All-Star, was accompanied to home plate by the Braves’ Freddie Freeman and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge.
Just before the national anthems, she was presented a Braves’ jersey in the 1974 style used when Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record, a shirt signed by all All-Stars. She also was given a portrait of Aaron created by Colorado-based artist Kaylee Bender.
A video tribute to Aaron included Willie Mays doffing his cap.
Peyton Manning still has some zip in his right arm. He’s lost some accuracy in retirement, though.
The former Denver Broncos quarterback bounced the ceremonial first pitch before the All-Star Game. Rockies great Todd Helton smiled as he stood near the mound.
Rockies pitcher German Márquez was behind the plate for the throw and made a sensational save to keep Manning’s toss from going down as a wild pitch.
Put launch angles and wins above replacement aside for a moment: the All-Star Game at Coors Field features a throwback to the days of Babe Ruth.
For the first time since the inaugural All-Star Game in 1933, the National League players aren’t wearing their own team’s jersey.
The American Leaguers are wearing AL uniforms for the first time ever at an All-Star Game.
The AL is wearing blue getups and the NL white. Each player has a three-letter abbreviation for his team in red lettering down the left side, partially obscured by his team’s logo.
Credit — or blame — Major League Baseball’s billion-dollar contract with Nike, whose swoosh is displayed prominently on the right side of the uniform just below the collar.
Players still have their regular logos on their caps, displayed over a star.
There were a pair of late additions to the AL All-Star team: Tampa Bay right-hander Andrew Kittredge and Minnesota left-hander Taylor Rogers.
They replaced New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole and Seattle left-hander Yusei Kikuchi. Cole said the Yankees did not want him to pitch. Kikuchi went on the COVID-19 injured list Sunday, tested negative twice and was activated Monday. Cole and Kikuchi were in Denver but were made inactive for Tuesday night.
The skies were gray overhead and there was occasional drizzle during batting practice ahead of Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Coors Field.
There was a chance severe weather would come through Denver ahead of the scheduled first pitch at 6:15 p.m.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels was set to become baseball’s first two-way All-Star, hitting leadoff for the American League as its designated hitter and also the AL’s starting pitcher.
The AL entered with seven straight wins and 19 of the last 22, with the infamous 2002 tie thrown in.
This year’s game originally was scheduled for Atlanta but was moved by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in response to a Georgia voting law that critics say will negatively affect communities of color.
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