Braves will host 2021 All-Star Game

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As expected, the Braves will host the 2021 All-Star Game at SunTrust Park, the club announced on Wednesday. The Indians are hosting this year’s midsummer festivities and the Dodgers will next year ahead of the Braves. The Phillies have been announced as the host of the 2026 All-Star Game for the U.S. semiquincentennial.

The Braves last hosted the All-Star Game in 2000 at Turner Field, a game which the American League won 6-3 over the National League. That was the fourth game of a 13-game streak in which the National League did not beat the American League. (The A.L. won 12 of those games with the other famously ending in an 11-inning tie.)

The likely All-Stars from the Braves this year include Freddie Freeman, Mike Soroka, and Ronald Acuña Jr. Josh Donaldson and Max Fried could also find their way onto the team.

It will be interesting to see how Major League Baseball handles the Tomahawk Chop during the All-Star Game fetivities. The league encouraged the Indians to get rid of Chief Wahoo, which it finally did, mostly. Commissioner Rob Manfred suggested in February that it was good that the Braves distanced themselves from mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa, a mascot that was discontinued after the 1986 season. It would follow that Manfred would also think it good if the Chop became no more. While Manfred can’t forbid fans from doing the Chop, he can instruct the Braves not to encourage fans to start it at least. It’s a whole thing that could’ve been avoided if the league had been more proactive on this front a long time ago.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.