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MLB Announces Pre-Game All-Star Festivities

franchisefourMajor League Baseball today announced pregame ceremonies for the 86th All-Star Game, as well as the Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders and All-Star Sunday. Pregame festivities for the Midsummer Classic will feature the announcement of the winners of MLB’s season-long “Franchise Four” campaign, including the on-field participation of the four “Greatest Living Players” and the selections representing the host Cincinnati Reds, as chosen by fans.

“Franchise Four” allowed fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent the lineage of each Major League franchise and several other significant categories in the sport’s history. A month-long period (April 8th-May 8th) of voting at generated more than 25.5 million votes across 33 categories (the 30 Major League franchises, as well as the Greatest Living Players; the Greatest Negro Leagues Players; and the Greatest Pioneers, covering players whose careers began in 1915 or earlier).joshTurner

Additionally, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ciara will sing the U.S. National Anthem and Leo Welsh will perform the Canadian Anthem as part of the pregame ceremony prior to the All-Star Game. Following the U.S. National Anthem, the U.S. Navy will conduct a flyover featuring four FA-18 Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The aircrafts performing the flyover are from two aviation units: the VFA-213 Blacklions and the VFA-87 War Party. One of the “Greatest Living Players” will throw out the Ceremonial First Pitch. Also part of the All-Star Game, multi-platinum-selling MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner will sing “God Bless America.” Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

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