MLB All-star Game
The MLB All-star Game is a baseball game that is played on an annual basis between players from both, the American and National Leagues. The National League is currently considered to be one of the world's oldest professional team sports leagues that were established in February of 1876. The American League is another sports league, that is considered to be minor in comparison to the National League, however, has established a significant formation of teams since it began in January of 1901. The particular game usually occurs as a central point in the season of Major League Baseball. The league goes into what is known as the All-star break, with no scheduling of regular season games done on neither the day prior to the actual All-star game nor the day after. As with all baseball games, the players normally put on their own team uniforms.
The American League should have a lineup featuring superstars such as Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano, Josh Hamilton, Joe Mauer and Elvis Andrus, while the National League will counter that group with sluggers such as Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Joey Votto, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen and Yadier Molina. Don’t forget about the pitchers either, as AL aces Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish, Felix Hernandez and David Price face off against Clayton Kershaw, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg of the NL. Of course, the game is not the only event to get excited about, as Weekend also features the MLB Futures Game, the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game and the Home Run Derby! Prominent Tickets has a tremendous selection of tickets available for the big matchup this July, so let us help put you in the seats so you can see baseball’s best talent on display at Citi Field!
Since the very first MLB all-star game, the American League players have put on their individual team uniforms rather than wearing uniforms created expressly for the all-star game, while National League players had to wait until the following all-star game. In the very first all-star game, the participants wore uniforms created particularly for the all-star game with the words, National League, on the front of their uniforms. During the 1970s and 80s, interchangeable uniforms were frequently put on by players from the Oakland Athletics, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. From the late 80s to the early 1990s, fewer rotations were worn for the games. In the 1992 game, White Sox player, Jack McDowell and wore an alternate jersey, as did Seattle Mariners player, Ken Griffey Jr. in the 1997 game. This would be the last time there would be an alternate jersey worn. Uniforms are created on a yearly basis for the all-star game, but are not typically worn for the game only. As a substitute, they are worn during practice.
Where the All-star game is played
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game location is usually selected by Major League Baseball and usually rotates between both American League, as well as the National League on a yearly basis. This historical tradition has been deviated from on two occasions. The initial time this happened was in 1951, when the Detroit Tigers were selected to be the hosts of the yearly game as part of the city's two hundred fiftieth birthday celebration. The second time this happened was in 2007, when the Giants were the scheduled host for that all-star game. That also allowed for the 2008 game to be scheduled at Yankee Stadium. The team, playing in their home city, is considered to be the league in which the host charter plays its games.
The measure for selecting the venue is biased to a certain extent. Essentially, cities that have not hosted the game in some time or ever, are typically considered to be the host city before other cities are deemed. During the first 20 years of the all-star game, there were two team pairs that shared the ballpark venues. These ballparks were located in St. Louis as well as Philadelphia. This led to many gaps in the usage of those cities as a probable venue. The Cardinals would go on to host an all-star game in 1940 and the Browns hosted one in 1948. The Athletics are noted as being the hosts of the all-star game in 1943 and the hosts in 1952 were the Phillies. These are just some of the examples of the gaps associated with certain cities when they had teams that shared ballparks.
MLB All StarGame Selections
From 1935 to 1946, the supervisor of each the all star group chose the complete team. In 1947, followers of the MLB all-star game were provided the chance to vote on the 8 initial players. In 1957, enthusiasts of the Cincinnati Reds essentially put their votes into the ballot box and chose a Red to each position, with the exception of first base. The Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Ford Frick would subsequently step in and remove two Reds from the arrangement as a consequence of the ballot box stuffing. In response to the injustice, fan voting was ceased. Players along with managers were given the solitary authority to choose their starting spot players. As a result of the ceasing of fan contribution due to the many games from 1959 to 1962, attention to the game was considered to be an afterthought. For a period of time in the 1960s, the dissimilarity between certain positions was stopped, and it was provided that the top three players who were voted on in the outfield group would start irrespective of position.
As part of the MLB Promotion Corporation's endeavors to revive baseball marketing and promotion, fan balloting for the starting eight was restored for the all-star game in 1970. Rico Carty ended up being the very first team member that would be selected as a result of being written in contender by admirers, in 1970. Steve Garvey would become the second player chosen to be an all star team member as a write-in nominee by fans, in 1974. He would subsequently became MVP (most valuable player) of that game and for the year.
Starting in 2002, the final rota choices have been made by the general populace through what is known as the final vote for the all-star game. In 2003, those in reserve as well as game pitchers were selected by the manager. Player determination was started up again that same year, once the managers were condemned by the general public for choosing players from their own team over more deserving players from additional squads. This was principally noteworthy in 2002, as the manager of the National League, Bob Brenly chose his own catcher, Damian Miller, instead of Paul Lo Duca, who many considered was a better player.
American League director Joe Torre chose his own third base player, Robin Ventura, instead of who many felt should have received the selection. Before the all-star game in 2009, Major League Baseball publicized that an extra pitcher would be added to each list, bringing the sum for each league to about thirty-three players. The following year, Major League Baseball stated that an additional spot player would be put on each list for the 2010 game and the years following, creating a total to about 34 team members.
As a general rule, the administrators of the competition are the administrators of the preceding year's victors. The training personnel for each team that plays in the all-star game is chosen by the manager. This admiration is given to the director, not the team itself, so it is probable that the manager may not supervise the team he managed previously. A situation like this occurred in 2003. The situation happened when Dusty Baker supervised the National League team in spite of having shifted from the National League winner, San Francisco Giants to another team, the Chicago Cubs. This has also included circumstances where the person has stopped supervising a team. In one particular all-star game, Connie Mack and John McGraw were considered as baseball's respected directors, and were asked to lead the American and National League teams, correspondingly. McGraw was specifically asked to emerge from his sequestration for that reason.
Dick Williams quit after supervising the Oakland Athletics to the 1973 World Series. In 1974, Williams became supervisor of the Angels in California. Tony LaRussa, who managed the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, and left at the conclusion of the season, came back to supervise the National League in 2012. In 1979, Bob Lemon directed the American League team after being let go by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Lemon had caused the Yankees to go to the 1981 World Series, but was unable to make it to the 1982 All-Star Game as supervisor after being dismissed by George Steinbrenner. As a result, Billy Martin, chief of the 1981 runner-up Oakland Athletics ended up leading the All-Star squad. There have been some incomparable cases where the typical rule has been deserted. Following the 1964 season and the World Series, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Johnny Keane and Yogi Berra, who was manager of the New York Yankees at the time, departed from their groups and found new occupations in another league.
Johnny Keane was employed to supervise the Yankees and Berra became a coach for the New York Mets. Cincinnati's manager, Fred Hutchinson, passed away in the non-regular season, and because of this, Gene Mauch of the Phillies and Al Lopez of the White Sox was selected to be the supervisors of the respective teams in the All-Star Game in 1965.
In 2009, every association's team was usually comprised of thirty-two team members. On July 1, 2009, Major League Baseball added a 33rd participant to every league's list. In April of 2010, Major League Baseball initiated several changes for future MLB all-star games, starting with the 2010 game. These changes included: rosters were increased by adding one extra position player, for a total of 34 players; the chosen hitter was to be used in every competition, even in the National League ballpark games; pitchers who started on the Sunday before the break of the game were to be replaced on the list, but were to still be distinguished as All-Stars and each manager could make the determination that a position player, could be qualified to rejoin if the last position player was injured. Not counting this, an imperative that allowed a player to replace a hurt catcher was established.
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