LOS ANGELES — The MLB All-Star festivities pick up the pace today with the All-Star Futures Game and the Celebrity Softball Game, both at Dodger Stadium.
The Futures Game will feature some of the MLB’s top prospects, representing each of the teams in the National League and American League, in a seven-inning exhibition game. The game has previously featured several of the game’s current stars, including Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper and Jose Altuve. The game will begin at 4 p.m.
The Celebrity Softball Game features participants from throughout the entertainment industry. Actors Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons, Rob Lowe and Simu Liu, musicians/recording artists Bad Bunny and Quavo and comedians Desus Nice and The Kid Mero will be joined by Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, WWE star The Miz among many others.
Notable names from baseball (Andre Ethier, Shawn Green and CC Sabathia) and softball (Lisa Fernandez, Jennie Finch, Natasha Watley) will also participate in the game.
“Just getting back with some of my old teammates is always fun,” Fernandez said. “We start to reminisce and say ‘hey, remember when we did this back then?’”
Finch, Watley and Fernandez were all members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team that won the gold medal in Athens, Greece.
The five-inning softball game will begin at 7:15 p.m.
The MLB’s Play Ball Park attraction is officially open at the L.A. Convention Center. Part museum, part hands-on baseball festival, it combines regionally relevant memorabilia, batting cages, VR gaming and autograph sessions with current and former players all in one venue.
The attraction will be open to the public from Saturday through Tuesday, and MLB officials are expecting “50,000 to 75,000” visitors over the four days.
Our reporters will be at Dodger Stadium providing the latest updates throughout the day.