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MLB All-Star Break: How to Watch & Open Thread

A look at the upcoming All-Star break through some heavily Tech-tinted glasses.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Colorado Rockies Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve hit the halfway point of the 2017 MLB season, meaning that it’s time for the finest of Tech alumni to showcase their skills in the All-Star game — or just to get a few days rest.

The big Georgia Tech story to watch will be that of Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who will represent the Institute in both the Home Run Derby and the All-Star game. Blackmon, who spent the 2008 season playing for Danny Hall at Tech, is having a monster season in the Mile High City, batting .320 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs at the season’s midpoint. It’ll be worth your time to watch him swing this week.

How to watch

MLB Home Run Derby:

  • When: Monday, July 10 at 8:00 PM
  • TV: ESPN
  • Location: Miami, FL

MLB All-Star Game:

  • When: Tuesday, July 11 at 8:00 PM (preceded by Red Carpet Show at 3:00 PM)
  • TV: Fox (Red Carpet Show on MLB Network)
  • Location: Miami, FL

Catching up with the Jackets

Georgia Tech currently has four alumni playing at the highest level, with Charlie Blackmon leading the way. Here’s a quick look at how the rest of Tech’s alumni are performing at the break:

Derek Dietrich, INF, Miami Marlins: .244/.328/.383 with 4 HRs & 22 RBIs; 0.3 WAR

Blake Wood, P, Cincinnati Reds: 4.43 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 40.2 innings; -0.2 WAR

Matt Wieters, C, Washington Nationals: .238/.288/.373 with 7 HRs & 33 RBIs; -0.1 WAR

Not the best season by Tech’s alumni so far, but there’s always the next 81 games! Best of luck to Charlie Blackmon in both the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby!