MLB Celebrity Softball Game 2022: Rosters and Previewing Annual Tradition

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2022

MLB Celebrity Softball Game 2022: Rosters and Previewing Annual Tradition

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    All-Star Week has arrived, baseball fans. While Major League Baseball's annual All-Star game isn't until Tuesday, July 19, the festivities are underway in Los Angeles.

    Saturday's schedule features the All-Star Futures Game, the annual celebrity softball game, fan events and an evening concert. Fans who can attend will have plenty to experience. For those following along at home, the MGM Rewards All-Star Celebrity Softball Game will likely be the highlight of the day.

    The celebrity game has been a staple of All-Star Week since 2001, and this year it will feature an incredible list of celebrities, pro athletes and baseball legends. Ahead, you'll find everything you need to know for this year's contest.

2022 MGM Rewards MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game

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    When: Saturday, July 16

    Time: 10:15 p.m. ET (approximately, will follow Futures Game)

    Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

    Live Stream: YouTube, Peacock, MLB social media, and the Bleacher Report app

    TV Broadcast: Monday, July 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET on MLB Network

2022 Participants

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    Bad Bunny - Recording Artist

    Quavo - Rapper, Actor, Producer

    JoJo Siwa - Recording Artist, Dancer

    The Miz - WWE Superstar

    Rob Lowe - Actor

    Simu Liu - Actor

    Coi Leray - Recording Artist

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II - Actor

    Bryan Cranston - Actor

    Anthony Ramos - Actor, Musician

    Chloe Kim - Olympic Snowboarder

    Desus Nice - TV Personality, Comedian

    J.K. Simmons - Actor

    Lauren Chamberlain - Softball Legend

    The Kid Mero - TV Personality, Comedian

    Action Bronson - Rapper, TV Personality

    Jerry Lorenzo - Fashion Designer

    Guillermo Rodriguez - Comedian

    Natasha Watley - Softball Legend

    Lisa Fernandez - Softball Legend

    Jennie Finch - Olympic Softball Gold Medalist

    Hunter Pence - MLB Legend

    CC Sabathia - MLB Legend

    Andre Ethier - MLB Legend

    Shawn Green - MLB Legend

Game Preview

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    The 2022 celebrity game will be played in Los Angeles, where it was supposed to take place in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to be canceled. Fans who have been waiting to see their favorite celebrities and sporting legends take the field at Dodger Stadium will now get their opportunity.

    Fans have seen some of the celebrities in past editions of the exhibition. The Miz, for example, was the captain of Team Cleveland while Jennie Finch captained the world team during the 2019 game.

    Hunter Pence, CC Sabathia, Lauren Chamberlain and Quavo were among last year's participants.

    With a mix of celebrities and softball and baseball legends in the game, the quality of the game can be a bit up-and-down, but it's generally quite competitive—last year's 20-10 blowout aside, five of the past six celebrity games were decided by six or fewer runs.

    The format is a bit different than what baseball and softball purists may be used to. It will be a five-inning game with a swing-off instead of extra innings. If the game is tied after six innings, managers will each select five batters who get one swing apiece. The team with the most home runs in the swing-off will win.

    While this is only an exhibition, fans can expect the competitors to take things quite seriously.

    "It's gonna be exciting," softball legend Lisa Fernandez told the Orange County Register. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. But, you know what, when you care about something, you are gonna be nervous. But I'm gonna go out there and give it my all."

    This year's game promises to be an exciting one and a highlight event of the weekend's festivities.

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