DENVER – The 91st All-Star Game will start exactly as it should: With a double dose of Shohei Ohtani.
The two-way superstar for the Los Angeles Angels will win the leadoff for the American League and then a few minutes later take the ball to start the game on the embankment, a proper kickoff in a time set by the only Japanese superstar star.
Ohtani leads the major leagues with 33 at home and a slugging rate of 0.698, and has also hit 87 butters in 67 seasons, posting 3.49 ERA and a 4-1 record.
And who knows what will happen at Home Run Derby on Monday night?
Major League Baseball has designed a sky-the-limit model for Ohtani for their summer summer classic in Mile High City, in one year everything is gathered for the international star.
MLB made an exception to its rules for this game, allowing AL to develop Ohtani as a stamper, but not to lose the set hitter for the rest of the game.
“We will be able to use Shohei as two players,” said Tampa Bay Rays AL Kevin Cash. “It will start as a stamper and then it will be transferred to DH. I asked MLB for a chance to do that. “
Ohtani will be opposed by Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who will make his fourth All-Star start.
“You have to watch baseball whenever he’s on the court,” Scherzer told Ohtani.
1. Shohei Ohtani, DH / P, Angels
2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Blue Jays
3. Xander Boagerts, SS, Red Sox
4. Aaron Judge, RF, Yankees
5. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox
6. Marcus Semien, 2B, Blue Jays
7. Salvador Perez, C, Royals
8. Teoscar Hernandez, LF, Blue Jays
9. Cedric Mullins, CF, Orioles (for injured Mike Trout)
1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres
2. Max Muncy, DH, Dodgers
3. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Cardinals
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
5. Nick Castellanos, RF, Reds
6. Jesse Winker, LF, Reds
7. JT Realmuto, C, Phillies (for Buster Posey injured)
8. Bryan Reynolds, CF, Pirates (for the injured Ronald Acuña Jr.)
9. Adam Frazier, 2B, Pirates
Pitcher: Max Scherzer, RHP, Nationals