American League Picks
When the late s and early s approached, fewer alternates were worn for the games. Game-specific uniforms are made every year, but are not worn for the game itself. Instead they are worn during batting practice and the Home Run Derby. For the workout, batting practice and Home Run Derby contest, players started using one type of cap with colors corresponding the league.
For the All-Star Game day, players started wearing a cap with the team's logo on front and the All-Star Game logo on the right side. In and , the fans selected the 18 starters for game and the managers chose the rest of the two teams players.
In , fans were given the opportunity to vote on the eight starting position players, but in , fans of the Cincinnati Reds stuffed the ballot box see below , and elected a Red to every position except first base. Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and removed two Reds from the lineup. As a response to this unfairness, fan voting was discontinued; players, coaches, and managers were given the sole authority to elect starting position players, for the next dozen years.
Between the lack of fan input and over-exposure due to the double All-Star games during the — seasons, interest in the game was thought to be waning. As part of the rise of the MLB Promotion Corporation's attempts to modernize marketing of baseball, fan balloting for the starting eight was restored for the game. Sometime in the s, the distinction between left-fielder, center-fielder, and right-fielder was dropped, and it was provided that the top 3 vote-getters in the outfield category would start regardless of position.
Oft-heard remarks prior to this time included ones such as "If you had Clemente, you couldn't have Aaron", and so on. Rico Carty was the first player ever selected to an All-Star team as a write-in candidate by fans, in , the first year that voting was given back to the fans. Steve Garvey was the second player ever selected to an All-Star team as a write-in candidate by fans, in Since , the final roster selection has been made by the public via the All-Star Final Vote.
Until , reserves and pitchers were chosen by the manager. Player voting was re-introduced in after the managers were criticized for picking players from their own team over more deserving players from other teams.
Before the game, Major League Baseball announced that an additional pitcher would be added to each roster, bringing the total for each league to 33 players. The following year , MLB announced that an extra position player would be added to each roster for the game and beyond, bringing the total to 34 for each league. One continuing controversy of the player selection process is the rule that each team has to have at least one representative on its league's All-Star roster.
Supporters of the rule point out that this prevents the large-market teams from totally dominating the squad, and keeps fan and media interest in the game, as fans would not be interested in the game if their team did not have any players involved. Opponents of the rule contend that the purpose of the game is to spotlight Major League Baseball's best players, and that some players from stronger teams are left off the roster in favor of possibly less deserving players from weaker teams.
Both these arguments were strengthened by the greater urgency of winning the game, due to the former rule that the winning league attains home field advantage in the World Series. The only exception is if a team trades its lone All-Star before the game; in this case, its league's All-Star Game manager is not required to include another player from that team.
Louis Cardinals first baseman Stan Musial. While the Reds were a great offensive team, most baseball observers agreed that they did not deserve seven starters in the All-Star Game. An investigation ordered by Commissioner Ford Frick showed that over half of the ballots cast came from Cincinnati, as the Cincinnati Enquirer had printed up pre-marked ballots and distributed them with the Sunday newspaper to make it easy for Reds fans to vote often for their favorite stars. Managers, players, and coaches picked the entire team until , when the vote for starters again returned to the fans; to prevent a repeat of this incident , since until the start of internet voting, each team has been given the same number of ballots to hand out.
In , that number was roughly , ballots. The Game was surrounded by tacit accusations against Oakland A's fans of stuffing the ballot box in favor of catcher Terry Steinbach , whose qualifications as a starter were questioned by some sportswriters. Since the dawn of the internet age, online voting has again led to ballot stuffing. In , Chris Nandor, a Red Sox fan, utilized a simple computer program to vote for Nomar Garciaparra over 39, times.
Upon discovery, MLB disallowed the votes. This also would have been a record for the most players from one team starting in the All-Star game. In , a designated hitter was allowed in the All-Star Game for the first time. This allows a deserving nonstarter to make a plate appearance. In , Major League Baseball announced the designated hitter rule would apply for every All-Star Game; while the game was already to have the DH, the game was the first played in a National League park with a DH.
Presented each year beginning in two games were held in and an award was presented for each game , the MVP award was originally called the Arch Ward Memorial Award , after the man who came up with the concept of the All-Star Game in In , the name was changed to the Commissioner's Trophy two NL players were presented the award in ; however, the name change was reversed in , so that the World Series Trophy first awarded in could be renamed the Commissioner's Trophy.
In , the trophy itself retained its eponym, while the award itself was dedicated as The Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award , in honor of former Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams , who had died earlier that year. The first tie in an All-Star Game occurred on July 31, at Fenway Park in Boston when the game was called at 1—1 after nine innings due to rain; the only other rain-shortened game was in , but the National League defeated the American League, 3—2 in five innings.
The All-Star Game, held in Milwaukee, ended in controversy in the 11th inning when both teams ran out of substitute players available to pitch in relief. At that point, Commissioner Bud Selig a Milwaukee native and former owner of the Brewers declared that the game would end after 11 innings, and it ended in a 7—all tie. The crowd booed and threw beer bottles onto the field, and the media were highly critical of this unsatisfactory conclusion.
To provide additional incentive for victory, Major League Baseball reached an agreement with the players union to award home-field advantage for the World Series to the champion of the league that won the All-Star Game, for and Previously, home-field advantage in the World Series alternated between the two leagues each year. The American League took advantage of the new rule in each of its first seven years: The National League champion benefited from this rule for the first time in Even with this rule in effect, there was no guarantee that a repeat of the situation would not occur; to avoid future ties due to lack of available players, managers have been instructed to and have voluntarily hold back a few select position players and pitchers.
This has resulted in some fan dissatisfaction and controversy when these players are never actually used in the game, for example Tim Wakefield in the All-Star Game. Such a move has resulted in calls to allow limited re-entry of players who have been replaced during the game in addition to catchers, which is already allowed , thereby giving the freedom to use all the players on the roster without leaving teams with the situation where no players are available, as was the case in Since , each league's manager is allowed to designate one position player who can re-enter the game to replace an injured or ejected player at any position, in addition to the existing rule covering catchers.
Furthermore, various writers have stated that home-field advantage in the World Series should be decided based on the regular season records of the participants, not on an exhibition game such as the All-Star Game played several months earlier.
Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright suggested that he intentionally gave Derek Jeter some easy pitches to hit in the New York Yankees ' shortstop's final All-Star appearance before he retired at the end of that season.
Since , home field advantage in the World Series goes to the league champion team with the higher regular season win-loss record. The All-Star Game has seen several "eras" in which one league tended to dominate. From to , the American League won 12 out of the first The National League dominated from to , winning 33 of 42 with 1 tie.
This included a stretch from to when it won 19 of 20, including 11 in a row from to Since , the American League has dominated, winning 24 of 31 with 1 tie, including a game unbeaten streak 12—0—1 from to The longest All-Star Game, in terms of innings, lasted 15 innings, which has occurred twice: Since , the All-Star Game has been played on a Tuesday in July every year except for these three:.
The game was played at night for the first time in , at the Polo Grounds , located in New York City. Since every ASG has been played under the lights, though when held at venues near enough to the west coast, the game starts in daylight in the late afternoon. In April , with severe wartime travel restrictions in effect, the game scheduled to be played at Boston's Fenway Park was deferred to the next season.
There were two All-Star Games played each season from through The second game was added to raise money for the MLB players ' pension funds, as well as other causes. The experiment was later abandoned on the grounds that having two games watered down the appeal of the event. In , the game was moved from July to August, after the middle portion of the season, including the scheduled All-Star break, had been erased by the MLB players' strike.
To promote the resumption of the season, the game in Cleveland was moved from its original July date to August 9. Second-half regular-season play began the next afternoon with a game in Wrigley Field in Chicago. That rule and others box in the choices, and inevitably players worthy of selection are left off and feelings are hurt.
Because Joe Maddon no longer has the responsibility of rounding out the NL All-Star roster, he isn't required to answer questions about why some of the great first basemen in the league must be left out.
Those sorts of complicated choices pop up no matter how you pick a team, and because of that, there are no perfect picks, and there is no perfect process. If you disagree, I couldn't possibly say you are wrong. The voters will pick Daniel Murphy as the starting second baseman, a great pick. I chose Josh Harrison of the Pirates for his better all-around play. After watching Francisco Lindor lift the Indians to Game 7 of the World Series last year, I hate leaving him off, but Andrelton Simmons has had an excellent first half; it was one or the other, and either way seems wrong.
So extend a little pity to Joe Torre, the MLB executive who is now charged to answer for all roster decisions, when there are really no right answers. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Wainwright blanks Dodgers over 6 in Cards' win St.