MLB All-Star Game

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The annual All-Star-Game of Major League Baseball (MLB), often referred to as Midsummer Classic , is a game between national league (NL) and American League (AL) selection teams . The players are chosen by both the fans and the players of the MLB and the two team managers. The game takes place in early to mid-July and symbolizes the middle of the baseball season, which runs from early April to early October.

The first All-Star Game took place in 1933 on the occasion of the World's Fair in Chicago in Comiskey Park . Initially intended as a one-off event, it became a permanent fixture in the United States.

From 2003 to 2016, the winner in the All-Star Game helped his representative in the World Series to home rights in a possible game 7. Now the final team that won more games in the regular season receives this right.

On July 9, 2019, the last All-Star Game to date was played at Progressive Field , the stadium of the Cleveland Indians , in Cleveland . The selection of the American League decided the game 4-3 for themselves.

Of the previous 90 games, the National League won 43 and the American League 45 games. Two games ended in a draw.

Selection of the venue

The venue is selected by the MLB, with the venue usually changing between NL and AL every year. Exceptions to this rule were 1951 (held on the 250th anniversary of Detroit) and 2007 (San Francisco).

The selection criteria are purely subjective. Places with a new stadium or places that have not had a game or never had one are preferred. The last venue that previously hosted the All-Star Games is Fenway Park in Boston (1999).

Only the Tampa Bay Rays have never hosted an All-Star Game. (The Washington Nationals were host to the Montreal Expos .)

Designated hitter rule

Depending on the league in which the host team is playing, the designated hitter rule (DH) is applied. 2007 in AT&T Park in San Francisco was played without this rule, since the Giants belong to the National League, which plays without DH. In an NL ball park, the AL pitcher also has to hit the ball, which he never does , except in the Interleague Games . The last pitcher to hit an All-Star Game was AL starter Mark Mulder. He could not be replaced either, as the starting pitcher may only be changed after he has completed at least one at-bat.

The roster (the lineup)

The managers of the two teams are the managers of last year's league champions. In the All-Star Game 2011, these were Ron Washington ( Texas Rangers , American League) and Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants (National League). This honor goes to the manager, not the team. As a result, one or both managers may no longer be with the teams from the previous World Series . So u. a. happened to Dusty Baker, who was in the 2002 World Series with the SF Giants and was now manager of the Chicago Cubs at the time of the All-Star Games . Or in 1979 when Bob Lemon was the manager of the AL range, despite being fired from the owner of the New York Yankees , George Steinbrenner. The respective manager chooses his coaching staff himself.

Each team consists of 32 players who are determined using the following procedure:

  • Fan voting : Baseball fans vote for the starters on the positions for the All-Star Game by voting slip and online. When playing in an AL stadium, the DH is also searched for. This method is a bit critical to evaluate, because in the AL these are mostly players from the two big clubs, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, as these have the most fans.
  • Player voting: The players themselves choose the pitchers and a substitute for each position. If the fan and player winner are the same, the second player in the voting will be nominated.
  • Manager selection : The manager of each team fills the roster to 31 players.
  • Final Vote : After all 31 players have been chosen, the fans have the opportunity to choose the last All-Star from a list of five players.
  • Successors : After the roster is complete, players who are e.g. B. have injured, replaced by the managers.

However, one rule states that at least one player from each team must be a representative in the roster. This rule was made when eight teams were still playing per league. But it has never been abolished, although there are reasons for it and also against it. Many fans are of the opinion that this game is reserved for the best players in the MLB and with this rule some stars of a top team are not allowed to participate in the All-Star Game in favor of a weaker player. Proponents of the rules say that this ensures that there is a player from their team for every fan, including from the weaker teams, and not just from the top teams.


  • In 1945 the game, which was supposed to take place in Fenway Park in Boston, was canceled due to travel restrictions due to the Second World War .
  • Between 1959 and 1962 there was a second All-Star Game in aid of the players' pension fund.
  • Of the 18 starting players in 1934, only one was not in the Baseball Hall of Fame : Wally Berger ( Boston Braves ).
  • In 1995 no World Series was played due to the players' strike, the managers of the 1996 All-Star Teams became the two with the best 1995 statistics. These were Felipe Alou ( Montreal Expos ) and Buck Showalter (New York Yankees)

All-Star Weekend Events

Since 1985 there has been a homerun derby, a competition between homerun hitters, the day before the game. There is also a softball match with former players and celebrities from music, film and television.

All MLB All-Star Games

year winner Result Venue Home team MVP / side notes here
2026 Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia Phillies
2021 SunTrust Park Atlanta Braves
2020 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 AL 4-3 Progressive Field Cleveland Indians Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians (AL)
2018 AL 8-6 Nationals Park Washington Nationals Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (AL)
2017 AL 2-1 Marlins Park Miami Marlins Robinson Canó, Seattle Mariners (AL)
2016 AL 4-2 Petco Park San Diego Padres Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals (AL)
2015 AL 6-3 Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (AL)
2014 AL 5-3 Target Field Minnesota Twins Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (AL)
2013 AL 3-0 Citi Field New York Mets Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees (AL)
2012 NL 8-0 Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants (NL)
2011 NL 6-1 Chase Field Arizona Diamondbacks Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers (NL)
2010 NL 3-1 Angel Stadium Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves (NL)
2009 AL 4-3 Busch Stadium St Louis Cardinals Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays (AL)
2008 AL 4-3 (15 innings) Yankee Stadium New York Yankees JD Drew, Boston Red Sox (AL)
2007 AL 5-4 AT&T Park San Francisco Giants Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners (AL)
2006 AL 3-2 PNC Park Pittsburgh Pirates Michael Young, Texas Rangers (AL)
2005 AL 7-5 Comerica Park Detroit Tigers Miguel Tejada, Baltimore Orioles (AL)
2004 AL 9-4 Minute Maid Park Houston Astros Alfonso Soriano, Texas Rangers (AL)
2003 AL 9-4 US Cellular Field Chicago White Sox Garret Anderson, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (AL)
2002 TIE 7-7 (11 innings) Miller Park Milwaukee Brewers Both teams no longer had pitchers; they agreed on a draw
2001 AL 4-1 Safeco Field Seattle Mariners Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles (AL)
2000 AL 6-3 Turner Field Atlanta Braves Derek Jeter, New York Yankees (AL)
1999 AL 4-1 Fenway Park Boston Red Sox Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox (AL)
1998 AL 13-8 Coors Field Colorado Rockies Roberto Alomar, Baltimore Orioles (AL)
1997 AL 3-1 Jacobs Field Cleveland Indians Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians (AL)
1996 NL 6-0 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia Phillies Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
1995 NL 3-2 The Ballpark in Arlington Texas Rangers Jeff Conine, Florida Marlins (NL)
1994 NL 8-7 (10 innings) Three River Stadium Pittsburgh Pirates Fred McGriff, Atlanta Braves (NL)
1993 AL 9-3 Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore Orioles Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins (AL)
1992 AL 13-6 Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego Padres Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners (AL)
1991 AL 4-2 Skydome Toronto Blue Jays Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles (AL)
1990 AL 2-0 Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Julio Franco, Texas Rangers (AL)
1989 AL 5-3 Anaheim Stadium California Angels Bo Jackson, Kansas City Royals (AL)
1988 AL 2-1 Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati Reds Terry Steinbach, Oakland Athletics (AL)
1987 NL 2-0 (13 innings) Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Oakland Athletics Tim Raines, Montreal Expos (NL)
1986 AL 3-2 Astrodome Houston Astros Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox (AL)
1985 NL 6-1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minnesota Twins LaMarr Hoyt, San Diego Padres (NL)
1984 NL 3-1 Candlestick Park San Francisco Giants Gary Carter, Montreal Expos (NL)
1983 AL 13-3 Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox Fred Lynn, California Angels (AL)
1982 NL 4-1 Olympic Stadium Montreal Expos Dave Concepcion, Cincinnati Reds (NL)
1981 NL 5-4 Cleveland Stadium Cleveland Indians Gary Carter, Montreal Expos (NL)
1980 NL 4-2 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers Ken Griffey, Cincinnati Reds (NL)
1979 NL 7-6 Kingdome Seattle Mariners Dave Parker, Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
1978 NL 7-3 San Diego Stadium San Diego Padres Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
1977 NL 7-5 Yankee Stadium New York Yankees Don Sutton, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
1976 NL 7-1 Veterans Stadium Philadelphia Phillies George Foster, Cincinnati Reds (NL)
1975 NL 6-3 County Stadium Milwaukee Brewers Jon Matlack, New York Mets (NL), Bill Madlock, Chicago Cubs (NL)
1974 NL 7-2 Three River Stadium Pittsburgh Pirates Steve Garvey, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
1973 NL 7-1 Royals Stadium Kansas City Royals Bobby Bonds, San Francisco Giants (NL)
1972 NL 4-3 (10 innings) Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Atlanta Braves Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds (NL)
1971 AL 6-4 Tiger Stadium Detroit Tigers Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles (AL)
1970 NL 5-4 (12 innigns) Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati Reds Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox (AL)
1969 NL 9-3 RFK Stadium Washington Senators Willie McCovey, San Francisco Giants (NL)
1968 NL 1-0 Astrodome Houston Astros Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants (NL)
1967 NL 2-1 (15 innings) Anaheim Stadium California Angels Tony Perez, Cincinnati Reds (NL)
1966 NL 2-1 (10 innings) Busch Memorial Stadium St Louis Cardinals Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles (AL)
1965 NL 6-5 Metropolitan Stadium Minnesota Twins Juan Marichal, San Francisco Giants (NL)
1964 NL 7-4 Shea Stadium New York Mets Johnny Callison, Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
1963 NL 5-3 Municipal Stadium Cleveland Indians Willie Mays, San Francisco Giants (NL)
1962-b AL 9-4 Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Leon Wagner, Los Angeles Angeles (AL)
1962-a NL 3-1 DC stage Washington Senators Maury Wills, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)
1961-b TIE (rain) 1-1 (9 innings) Fenway Park Boston Red Sox
1961-a NL 5-4 (10 innings) Candlestick Park San Francisco Giants
1960-b NL 6-0 Yankee Stadium New York Yankees
1960-a NL 5-3 Municipal Coliseum Kansas City Royals
1959-b AL 5-3 Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Dodgers
1959-a NL 5-4 Forbes Field Pittsburgh Pirates
1958 AL 4-3 Memorial Stadium Baltimore Orioles
1957 AL 6-5 Sportsman's Park St Louis Cardinals
1956 NL 7-3 Griffith Stadium Washington Senators
1955 NL 6-5 (12 innings) County Stadium Milwaukee Brewers
1954 AL 11-9 Municipal Stadium Cleveland Indians
1953 NL 5-1 Crosley Field Cincinnati Reds
1952 NL 3-2 (5 innings, rain out) Shibe Park Philadelphia Phillies
1951 NL 8-3 Briggs Stadium Detroit Tigers
1950 NL 4-3 (14 innings) Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox
1949 AL 11-7 Ebbets Field Brooklyn Dodgers
1948 AL 5-3 Sportsmen's Park St Louis Browns
1947 AL 2-1 Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs
1946 AL 12-0 Fenway Park Boston Red Sox
1945 Fenway Park Boston Red Sox Not an All-Star Game (World War II)
1944 NL 7-1 Forbes Field Pittsburgh Pirates
1943 AL 5-3 Shibe Park Philadelphia Phillies
1942 AL 3-1 Polo Grounds New York Giants
1941 AL 7-5 Briggs Stadium Detroit Tigers
1940 NL 4-0 Sportsmen's Park St Louis Browns
1939 AL 3-1 Yankee Stadium New York Yankees
1938 NL 4-1 Crosley Field Cincinnati Reds
1937 AL 8-3 Griffith Stadium Washington Senators
1936 NL 4-3 Braves Field Boston Braves
1935 AL 4-1 Municipal Stadium Cleveland Indians
1934 AL 9-7 Polo Grounds New York Giants
1933 AL 4-2 Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox

MLB All-Star Game Records

Hitting records in a single game

Record Name (s)
Runs Ted Williams 4
Hits Joe Medwick; Ted Williams; Carl Yastrzemski 4 each
Doubles Ernie Banks; Barry Bonds; Ted Kluszewski; Paul Konerko; Joe Medwick; Damian Miller; Albert Pujols; Al Simmons 2 each
Triples Rod Carew 2
Home runs Gary Carter; Willie McCovey; Al Rossen; Arky Vaughan; Ted Williams 2
Grand Slams Fred Lynn 1
Runs Batted In Al roses; Ted Williams 5 each
Total bases Ted Williams 10
Walks Phil Cavarretta; Charlie Gehringer 3 each

Pitching records in a single game

Record Name (s)
Innings Pitched Lefty Gomez 6.0
Hits Allowed Tom Glavine 9
Runs Allowed Atlee Hammaker 7
Earned Runs Allowed Atlee Hammaker 7
Home Runs Allowed Jim Palmer 3
Strikeouts Carl Hubbell; Larry Jansen; Fergie Jenkins; Johnny Vander Meer 6 each

Career Hitting Records in All-Star Games

Record Name (s)
At bats Willie Mays 75
Runs Willie Mays 20th
Hits Willie Mays 23
Doubles Dave Winfield 7
Triples Willie Mays; Brooks Robinson 3 each
Home runs Stan Musial 6
Grand Slams Fred Lynn 1
Runs Batted In Ted Williams 12
Total bases Willi Mays; Stan Musial 40 each
Walks Ted Williams 11
Batting average Derek Jeter .700
Extra base hits Willie Mays; Stan Musial 8 each
Pinch hits Stan Musial 8

Career Pitching Records in All-Star Games

Record Name (s)
Wins Lefty Gomez 3
Lot Mort Cooper; Whitey Ford; Dwight Gooden; Catfish hunter; Claude Passeau; Luis Tiant 2 each
Games started Don Drysdale; Lefty Gomez; Robin Robert 5 each
Games pitched in Roger Clemens 9
Games Finished Rich Gossage 6
Innings Pitched Don Drysdale 91.1
Hits Allowed Whitey Ford 19th
Earned Runs Allowed Whitey Ford 11
Strikeouts Don Drysdale 19th
Walks Jim Palmer 7
Balks Dwight Gooden 2

See also

Web links

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