By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer                                                                                  

 The Dodgers and Major League Baseball will were set to host the 2020 All-Star Game, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, Los Angeles was awarded the game in 2022. 

 The Dodgers and MLB recently unveiled the All-Star schedule featuring fan fest from Friday, July 15, through Tuesday, July 19. The All-Star events will take place at three iconic Southern California sites: Dodger Stadium, the Santa Monica Pier and Beach, and L.A. Live. 

The festivities begin with MLB All-Star Weekend with its first-ever beach event on July 15 at the Santa Monica Pier and Beach. With no admission charge, the oceanfront will feature casual and instructional youth baseball and softball activities on the beach directly south of the pier. It’ll also be home to daily yoga classes. 

On Saturday, July 16, MLB Live in Downtown Los Angeles gets things started with a Play Ball event that will run through July 19. This fan-focused event blends together baseball, softball, music, technology and fashion.  

“What a marriage for event and site,” said Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis, who will be calling his first Midsummer Classic for FOX. “We’ve got the sunshine. We’ve got the ballpark. We’ve got in this city of stars all the best players in the sport coming together to celebrate.” 

Also on July 16, Dodger Stadium will host the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. That’ll be followed by the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, which is expected to have some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment. 

The T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18 — part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day — will be the first Derby hosted by Dodger Stadium since 1980.