SAN DIEGO– The two Dodgers on the National League team fared very differently in the first All-Star Game appearance for each.
Corey Seager struck out in his only at-bat against New York Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances. He swung at only one of the five pitches he saw, a 2-2 fastball clocked at 100 mph, and missed.
The rookie shortstop also committed an error in the field, bobbling a Mark Trumbo ground ball in the seventh inning.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen faced one batter in the eighth inning, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, and struck him out on three pitches.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager hit 15 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby at Petco Park. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — Can spending 4 minutes and 30 seconds trying to hit home runs out of Petco Park ruin a hitter’s swing?
The Dodgers are about to find out.
SAN DIEGO — For Jeff Seager of Kannapolis, North Carolina, his first big league call-up was a long time coming.
The father of Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the mound tonight with the unique goal of trying to allow as many home runs as possible to his son at the Home Run Derby. The 56-year-old right hander has never been scored upon in a professional game, but he believes he has a strategy for success (or, in his case, failure).
“I’m going to go about it like I’m in the backyard,” Seager said. “I’m hoping it’s the same.”
Corey Seager, the only Dodgers position player going to the All-Star Game in San Diego, will take part in the Home Run Derby on Monday. (Getty Images)
found out, along with the rest of us, that he will face Mark Trumbo
in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday in San Diego.
“I’m in trouble,” he said.
Trumbo leads MLB with 26 home runs, two of which were hit last night in the Dodgers’ 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
The winner of the Trumbo-Seager duel will face either Robinson Cano or Giancarlo Stanton. The full bracket is here:
Three Dodgers were named to the National League All-Star team on Tuesday: pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen, and shortstop Corey Seager.
All three were chosen by Mets manager Terry Collins, who will manage the National League side July 12 at San Diego’s Petco Park. Fans cannot vote on pitchers, and Seager finished third among NL shortstops in fan voting.
Jansen and Seager, who had not made his major league debut as of this time a year ago, were chosen to their first All-Star team.
Kershaw was chosen to the sixth All-Star team of his career. He’s on the 15-day disabled list with a mild disc herniation in his lower back that will prevent him from appearing in the game.
Seager (22 years and 69 days old) is the youngest position player in franchise history to be chosen an All-Star. Only Dodger pitchers Fernando Valenzuela (20/281) in 1981 and Ralph Branca (21/183) in 1947 were younger at the time of their All-Star selections.
Seager enters play today with the longest active hitting streak in the National League at 17 games. Overall, he’s slashing .305/.363/.540 in 84 games.
Jansen ranks second among National League relievers with 25 saves. His 1.30 ERA is third and his 0.66 WHIP is second.
Kershaw is the first Dodger player to be named to six consecutive All-Star teams since Valenzuela. He leads MLB pitchers with a 1.79 ERA, 16.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 0.73 WHIP. Despite not pitching since June 26, he still ranks second in baseball in innings pitched.
Here are the complete All-Star rosters for both leagues: