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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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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

On Thursday night, a Washington, D.C. pro sports team did something Washington, D.C. pro sports teams are very good at doing: fall short of making a league or championship game.

The Nationals' disastrous fifth inning against the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series was the beginning of the end, not to mention yet another in a long line of disappointing playoff results for Washington, D.C. sports teams.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major pro sports teams to not have a single one make a conference or league championship game since 2000.

To make matters worse, Washington, D.C. sports teams have now lost 16 consecutive playoff games in which a win would've advanced the team to the conference or league championship. 

Think about that for a second. Four teams. Zero conference championship appearances since 1998. 

Here's the list.

Washington, D.C. sports fans are not greedy. We can't be. We've had some very good teams recently, with the type of talent, coaching and intangibles needed to win a championship. 

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The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team won a world championship was in 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.  The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team even made a conference championship game was in 1998, when the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating the Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington, D.C. isn't allowed to have nice sports things.

Sure, we have great players and great teams, but when the playoffs roll around, all the nice things go away. We aren't privy to plucky upstarts who run the table and we aren't privy to dominant teams that make long postseason runs.

Washington, D.C. will have its day, eventually. Sure it may only be a conference championship appearance, but for us, that's fine. We don't expect world championships. We just want something to get invested in.

Early playoff exits are rarely worth the investment.

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With contractual decisions looming, Nats missed chance at stress-free World Series run

With contractual decisions looming, Nats missed chance at stress-free World Series run

"This is the year."

That's the motto for almost every D.C. sports fan when their team is headed for the postseason.

The Nats led a weak NL East the entire season and clinched a spot to play October baseball early into September.

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The team overcame the obstacle of being plagued with injuries and with pitchers like Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer having a strong bullpen to back them up, the stars were aligning for the team to go all the way.

But now with players like Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy having contracts up for grabs in 2019, Nationals reporter Chelsea Janes says 2017 was really the last chance for the team to win a stress-free title.

"I think those questions you've raised like Bryce [Harper's] contract, [Daniel} Murphy may be leaving, you know Rizzo's contract's up after next year, I think those are the things they didn't have to deal with this year that made this such a free chance," Janes said on the Sports Junkies Friday.

"It was a free chance to just feel good and do it now and not have everyone say this is your absolute last chance, and next year it's their absolute last chance for a little while, I think."

"I mean they're not going to be awful in '19, but they're going to be different and I think they've sort of wasted their free pass here and there's legitimate and kind of unrelenting pressure on them next year to make it happen."

It's hard to make sense of what a team will look like one day after a devastating series loss. One thing that is fairly certain is that time is ticking for the Nats to make it happen with arguably the most talented group of players they've ever had.