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Mid-Summer Dream Classic set for Tuesday

This year’s Major League Baseball All-Star game is set for next Tuesday at the Washington Nationals Park.

The trend lately is there is much youth among the squads, which is justified as youngsters are seemingly among the leaders in most statistical Major League categories. Names like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve, Manny Machado, and Nolan Arenado have been in the classic multiple times already.

All are around the mid-20s age range, so look for these names to play in the event many more times. This year the Atlanta Braves will be represented by four players, which is up quite a bit for Atlanta in the recent past. First baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Nick Markasis, two of the fewer plus-age thirty players in the All-Star game, will start.

Ozzie Albies a reserve infielder and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz are the other Brave players on the team. All four are more than deserving due to the impact they have had on the Atlanta resurgence this season. J.T. Realmuto from Tampa Bay and Wilson Ramos from Miami are other All-Stars from area teams. Other local interest players Buster Posey (Florida State University), Lorenzo Cain (Madison and Tallahassee Community College) and Patrick Corbin (Chipola) have been selected for this year’s event.

The game will be televised by Fox beginning at 8 p.m. It has become a game of youth sprinkled with some veterans classic instead of the other way around. Should still be lots of fun.

By Joe Ferolito