With Serious Implications Set Aside, All-Star Game Loosens Its Collar

Cano, who was named the most valuable player, punctuated the plight of the Chicago Cubs, who are under .500 and sent only Davis to the All-Star Game. The Cubs won the World Series last November, but Davis — who was not on the team then — was the lone player to accompany Manager Joe Maddon and his staff to the All-Star Game.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who launched homers all over Marlins Park in Monday’s Home Run Derby, went 0 for 3 in his All-Star debut, with a strikeout, groundout and flyout to center. The Mets’ only All-Star, Michael Conforto, singled in the seventh but struck out on a 98-mile-an-hour fastball from Craig Kimbrel to end the ninth inning, stranding the winning run on third for the National League.

The Marlins hosted for the first time, as their owner, Jeffrey Loria, finally showed off his stylish but controversial ballpark — opened in 2012 and built mostly with taxpayers’ money — in the city’s Little Havana district. The All-Star Game will quite likely bring a close, more or less, to Loria’s stormy tenure in Miami, which included no playoff appearances after the 2003 World Series title, and many…

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