MLB Celebrity Softball Game 2017: Final Rosters, TV Schedule and Predictions

Actor Jaime Foxx takes the field during the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball game, Sunday, July 10, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Three games take place during baseball’s All-Star Weekend: The All-Star Game itself, the Futures Game (featuring baseball’s best minor league prospects) and the Celebrity Softball Game.

The third contest will take place on Sunday, July 9, but it will not be televised until Monday, July 10 after the conclusion of the Home Run Derby. The estimated start time is 10 p.m. ET., and ESPN will televise the event.

Here’s a look at the rosters and some predictions.

      

Final Rosters

Via MLB.com, the latest group of celebrities and former athletes who will be playing in the game can be found below. A one-line description follows each name, highlighting a notable accomplishment.

The two teams have not been released yet, but since 2004, the player pool has been split up into American League and National League teams.

      

Celebrities

Jamie Foxx

Actor/performing artist who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ray.

      

Miles Teller

Film actor who played the lead role in Whiplash and co-starred with Jonah Hill in War Dogs.

      

Chris Jackson

Played George Washington in Hamilton and Chunk Palmer in the CBS TV show, Bull.

      

Justin Hartley

Stars as Kevin Pearson in the NBC TV show, This Is Us.

      

Jencarlos Canela

Singer, songwriter and actor who appeared in the Fox TV special, The Passion.

      

David Sparks (Heavy D)

Stars in Diesel Brothers, a reality television show on the Discovery Channel.

      

William Levy

Appeared in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and finished third in the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.

      

Michael Cudlitz

Most known for roles in Band of Brothers, The Walking Dead and Southland.

      

Ballplayers

Jennie Finch

Ace pitcher for USA softball team that won gold in the 2004 Olympics and silver in 2008.

      

Jessica Mendoza

Outfielder for USA softball team that medaled in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and a color commentator for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team.

      

Jason Taylor

Miami Dolphins defensive end who recorded 139.5 sacks and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Hame Class of 2017.

      

Rickey Henderson

All-time major league leader in stolen bases and runs, 10-time All-Star, two-time World Series winner and Hall of Famer.

      

Al Leiter

Pitcher 19 years in the bigs, primarily as a starter, winning 162 games and two World Series titles.

      

Andre ‘The Hawk’ Dawson

Slugging outfielder who primarily played for Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs over a 21-year career, smacking 438 home runs and winning the 1987 National League MVP for a last-place Cubs team.

      

Fred Lynn

Boston Red Sox and California Angels outfielder who won the 1975 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP award.

      

Tim ‘Rock’ Raines

A 23-year pro and member of the 2017 Hall of Fame class who won three World Series and ranks fifth all time in stolen bases with 808.

      

Bernie Williams

Played 16 years for the New York Yankees, winning four World Series titles and six American League pennants.

      

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez

Hall of Famer, 13-time Gold Glove winner and 14-time All-Star at catcher who won the 1999 American League MVP with the Texas Rangers and 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins.

      

Benito Santiago

Catcher who played 20 years in the big leagues (seven with the San Diego Padres) and hit safely in 37 consecutive games during his rookie year in 1987.

      

Predictions

If this game featured fast-pitch softball, then whichever team that had Jennie Finch on the mound would be the clear winner.

Alas, this is a high-arc, slow-pitch game, where scores in the double digits are common (in fact, the final was 25-21 two years ago).

Given that we don’t know the exact teams just yet, it’s impossible to predict who will win the game. However, we can take a guess on some individual results.

On the celebrity side, take Christoper Jackson to be the best of the bunch. According to Corey Kilgannon of the New York Times in a May 27, 2016 article, Jackson plays for the Hamilton softball team in the Broadway Show League, hitting fourth and playing third base in the field.

At the time of the article, Hamilton was 5-0 in the midst of its 2016 campaign. This season, they are 6-2 and in first place.

Jamie Foxx should also do well. The Baby Driver co-star played basketball and football in high school, per MaxPreps. He also managed the winning American League side last year, as they bested the NL 8-7 at Petco Park in San Diego.

For the ballplayers, it’s safe to assume Finch and Mendoza will do well, especially because they found much success in the fast-pitch version of the game.

As far as former major leaguers go, Henderson might have the edge. According to Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union Tribune, Henderson had no interest in anything but the long ball last year: “That’s all I’m trying to do is hit a home run. I ain’t trying to run.”

The 58-year-old Henderson played in the bigs for 25 years, last making an appearance in 2003 for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although Henderson will be the oldest player on the field, it’s never wise to doubt Rickey. The guess here is that he cranks one out.

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