There was little surprise when Washington starter Max Scherzer sat down next to Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Monday afternoon at a news conference at Marlins Park.
When Clayton Kershaw pitched for the Dodgers on Sunday, he rendered himself ineligible to start the All-Star game on Tuesday, and made easy Maddon’s decision on who should open the game for the National League.
Soon after Scherzer spoke to reporters, Kershaw settled into a chair on the warning track, surrounded by the other All-Stars. Kershaw has been an All-Star seven times, yet he has never started the game.
“I would love to start someday, no doubt,” Kershaw said. “But Max has earned it. Regardless...