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2017 MLB All-Star Game date, time, how to watch, rosters

2017 MLB All-Star Game date, time, how to watch, rosters

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game, for the first time since 2003, will not determine home-field advantage in the World Series and that could make the Mid-Summer Classic extrmely intriguing. 

The last time that the All-Star Game did not determine home-field advantage, the game ended in a 7-7 tie with both teams running out of pitchers in 2002.

Now home-field goes to the team with the higher record. Less incentive, if there was one to begin with, will almost certainly have an impact on how the game is played. Now in the 2017 All-Star Game, every player including Pat Neshek from the lowly Philadelphia Phillies will play for the same reason: entertainment. 

Since the implementation of the home-field advantage rule, the American League is 11-3, inclduing winning the last four games in a row. Before then, the NL's odds were not much better. 

The Washington Nationals will be represented by five different players tied with the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees for most in the league. Jonathan Schoop will represent the Baltimore Orioles. 

2017 MLB ALL-STAR GAME HOW TO WATCH

What: The 2017 MLB All-Star Game 
When:  Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Marlin's Park, Miami, Florida
TV Channel: FOX
Livestream: FOX Sports Go

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY

Year: Winner, Score, All-Star Game MVP

2016: American League   4-2   MVP: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
2015: American League   6-3   MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2014: American League   5-3   MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2013: American League   3-0   MVP: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
2012: National League     8-0   MVP: Melky Cabrera, San Francsico Giants
2011: National League     5-1   MVP: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers
2010: National League     3-1   MVP: Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
2009: American League   4-3   MVP: Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays
2008: American League   4-3   MVP: J.D. Drew, Boston Red Sox
2007: American League   5-4   MVP: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

American League 2017 All-Star Game Roster:

Starters:

C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
1B Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
SS Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
OF George Springer, Houston Astros
DH Corey Dickerson, Tampa Bay Rays

Reserves

C Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
1B Yonder Alonso, Oakland Athletics
2B Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
2B Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
3B Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
SS Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
OF Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
OF Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox
DH Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners

Pitchers:

SP Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
SP Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals
SP Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
SP Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
SP Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
SP Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
SP Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins
SP Luis Severino, New York Yankees
SP Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
RP Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
RP Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
RP Dellin Betances, New York Yankees

National League All-Star Game Roster:

Starters:

C Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
1B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
2B Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SS Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
OF Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
OF Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
OF Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

Reserves:

C Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
2B Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
2B D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3B Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
SS Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
OF Michael Conforto, New York Mets
OF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves
OF Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitchers:

SP Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
SP Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
SP Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
SP Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
SP Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
RP Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
RP Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers
RP Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
RP Greg Holland, Colorado Rockies
RP Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
RP Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

READ ALSO: NATIONALS FULL SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported, the next step in our long journey to Opening Day is the spring training games themselves. Not every game is televised, so get ready to follow along with your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll still be exciting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Bryce Harper homered again, or if Max Scherzer is perfect through 4 innings (spoiler: both of these will happen).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing contracts in the next few weeks. The Nats are always willing to make a big splash, and even beyond the available free agents, have been linked to impact players like J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the roster has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be happening while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for their seasons, so bookmark this page to check on the Nationals spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Nationals 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Braves at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Feb. 26 - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 1 (SS) - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Tigers at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Monday, Mar. 5 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 6 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Nationals at Tigers, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 13 (SS) - Mets at Nationals, 7:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 (SS) - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (ESPN2) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Nationals at Mets, 6:10 pm
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 - Nationals at Marlins, 7:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 (at Nationals Park) - Twins at Nationals, 4:05 pm