The All-Star Game has been part of Major League Baseball since the 1933 season and the Los Angeles Dodgers organization has had 286 players participate in it. In fact, the last time the Dodgers did not have a player in the Midsummer Classic was back in 1935.
Because of the vast amount of Dodgers that have played in the All-Star Game, there have been many notable highlights, some of which are in this video:
Maury Wills made the team in 1962 and although he did not start, he won the All-Star Game MVP entering the game as a pinch-runner and going 1-for-1 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Wills also went on to win the NL MVP that season.
In 1975, the Dodgers sent five players to the game with Steve Garvey, starting first baseman, and Jimmy Wynn, the starting third baseman, stealing the show. In a scoreless tie in the top of the second inning, the two hit back-to-back home runs to give the NL an early lead that helped them to a 6-3.
In 1984, two powerful pitchers, Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden, struck out the side in two consecutive innings. For Valenzuela, it was his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and he would go on to play in two more games in the next two years.
The 1996 season was a big year for catcher Mike Piazza, who is the last Dodger to win All-Star MVP. In the game played at Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field), Piazza went 2-for-3 with a home run that reached the second deck, one double and two RBIs. He finished the season batting .336/.422/.563 with 36 home runs and 105 RBIs, and second in NL MVP voting.
Zack Greinke looks write a story of his own as he is the NL’s starting pitcher Tuesday. So too will Joc Pederson, who is the first Dodgers rookie to start in the All Star game since Hideo Nomo in 1995. Pederson’s first brush with All-Star festivities resulted in an impressive performance at the Home Run Derby.