Kingman Dolphins hosting Invitational

Derek Jeter (shortstop) and Alex Rodriguez (3B) make up the left side of the American League's infield – just like they do in the Bronx.

All together the Yankees have seven players on the 33-member All-Star team.

That's twenty percent of the AL All-Star team are Yankees.

Is the rest of the American League just not that good or does Joe Torre like to stick with the guys he knows?

The National League team has no more than four players from any team.

With that type of diversity perhaps that would explain why the NL pennant races are so much more interesting.

The Diamondbacks have one representative headed to Houston.

Randy Johnson deserved the nod to be an All-Star after pitching a perfect game and reaching the 4,000 strikeouts milestone.

But Randy Johnson isn't even starting.

It's tough to get that starting spot when your competition is another 40-plus pitcher who is having one of the best seasons of his career.

The D-backs lone All-Star may not even be in Arizona by the end of the year.

With the creative ways the Diamondbacks find to lose games, the "Big Unit" may be ready to play for a winner.

Just don't ask Johnson about being traded or else…(remember the seagull?)

Steve Finley is having a good year, being fifth in the majors in home runs.

But it's tough to find a spot in the outfield when three 500+ home run hitters are out there together.

Now that the All-Star game "actually matters," it's hard to justify sending more than one All-Star from the worst team in the league.

And this whole "this one counts" or whatever the new All-Star motto is, is just garbage.

The All-Star game should not decide what league gets home field advantage in the World Series.

Just because a few people were upset the game in 2002 ended in a tie.

So what? It was just a tie game.

Doesn't that just show how the superstars are evenly distributed throughout the major leagues? The All-Star game is just another exhibition game anyways.

It's about getting to see your favorite players play against each other.

They should just play for nine innings or until everyone has had a chance to play and not even keep score.

The All-Star game is called the "Summer Classic," what would be more classic than watching a bunch of players go out into a game and have FUN? It sounds kind of crazy, doesn't it? But aren't those the moments we remember from the All-Star game?

How about the time Larry Walker had to face Randy Johnson, so he switched to the other side of the plate – it was a good lighthearted moment.

How about Cal Ripken hitting a home run in his final All-Star game? That was probably one of the greatest feel-good moments in All-Star history.

My one prediction for this year's game is somebody is going to get hurt when they ask Johnson about being traded.

It'll be a classic All-Star moment.

Brent Hinckley is the Miner's sports writer.

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KINGMAN – The Kingman Dolphins are hosting their biggest swim meet of the year on Saturday.

The Dolphins are hosting the Kingman Invitational at the Centennial Park pool.

The Invitational features teams from around the region including: Boulder City, Bullhead City, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Lake Havasu, Needles, Parker, Payson, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Sedona.

The meet is scheduled to start at 8 a.m., with warm-ups at 7 a.m., and runs throughout the day at the pool.

The Dolphins lost their last meet against Bullhead City on June 30.

Bullhead won with an overall score of 288 to the Dolphins' 220.

The Dolphins girls' team defeated the Barracudas girls' team 139 to 113.

But Bullhead dominated on the boys' side, defeating Kingman 175-81.

The Invitational begins a busy month for the Dolphins.

The team is competing every Saturday until the end of the month, and the Age-Group state meet is scheduled for July 23-25.