To the victors go the spoils. With a win over the Cubs on Thursday night at Wrigley Field, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts not only won the club’s first pennant in 29 years. The win also means that Roberts will manage the National League in the 2018 All-Star Game.
The midsummer classic next year will be played on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
Roberts will be the sixth Dodger to manage the All-Star Game, joining Leo Durocher (1942, 1948), Burt Shotton (1950), Charlie Dressen (1953), Walt Alston (1954, 1956-57, 1960, 1946, 1966-67, 1975), and Tommy Lasorda (1978-79, 1982, 1989).
The Dodgers had six All-Stars in 2016 — Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Alex Wood. a Kershaw has made the All-Star team seven straight years, but has never started an All-Star Game. Maybe next year, with his manager making the choice, Kershaw might get that chance.
Dodger Stadium hasn’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1980, though they are reportedly in line to host the game in either 2020 or 2021. No announcement has yet been made from MLB beyond 2019, which will be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland.