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2017 MLB Futures Game Rosters


Today the MLB Futures Game takes place as part of All-Star Weekend in Miami. Over the course of the event’s history the US team leads the series going 11-7, including a 6 game winning streak between 2010-2016. The World team is the defending champion winning last year in San Diego 11-3.

Yoan Moncada returns after winning the MVP award last year. He is currently having a nice season in AAA-Charlotte. He will be joined by a stout team from players all around the world. Players hail from Canada, Brazil, Honduras, Haiti, Bahamas, and other major baseball havens like Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

2017 MLB Futures Game Rosters

U.S. Team

Pitchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Beau Burrows DET AA R R 6-2 200 9/18/1996 Fort Worth, TX
Jon Duplantier ARI A+ L R 6-4 225 7/11/1994 Newark, DE
Jack Flaherty STL AAA R R 6-4 205 10/15/1995 Burbank, CA
Foster Griffin KC AA R L 6-3 200 7/27/1995 Orlando, FL
Jimmy Herget CIN AAA R R 6-3 170 9/9/1993 Tampa, FL
Brett Honeywell TB AAA R R 6-2 180 3/31/1995 Carnesville, GA
Michael Kopech CWS AA R R 6-3 205 4/30/1996 Mount Pleasant, TX
Triston McKenzie CLE A+ R R 6-5 165 8/2/1997 Brooklyn, NY
A.J. Puk OAK AA L L 6-7 220 4/25/1995 Cedar Rapids, IA
Tanner Scott BAL AA R L 6-2 220 7/22/1994 Mogadore, OH

Catchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Zack Collins CWS A L R 6-3 220 2/6/1995 Pembroke Pines, FL
Chance Sisco BAL AAA L R 6-2 195 2/24/1995 Corona, CA

Infielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Brian Anderson MIA AA R R 6-3 185 5/19/1993 Edmond, OK
Bo Bichette TOR A+ R R 6-0 200 3/5/1998 Orlando, FL
Nick Gordon MIN AA L R 6-0 160 10/24/1995 Avon Park, FL
Rhys Hoskins PHI AAA R R 6-4 225 3/17/1993 Sacramento, CA
Scott Kingery PHI AAA R R 5-10 180 4/29/1994 Phoenix, AZ
Ryan McMahon COL AAA L R 6-2 185 12/14/1994 Yorba Linda, CA
Brendan Rodgers COL AA R R 6-0 180 8/9/1996 Winter Park, FL
Nick Senzel CIN AA R R 6-1 205 6/29/1995 Atlanta, GA

Outfielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Lewis Brinson MIL AAA R R 6-3 195 5/8/1994 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Derek Fisher HOU AAA L R 6-3 205 8/21/1993 Lebanon, PA
Corey Ray MIL AA L L 5-11 185 9/22/1994 Chicago, IL
Bryan Reynolds SF A+ S R 6-3 205 1/27/1995 Baltimore, MD
Kyle Tucker HOU AAA L R 6-4 190 1/17/1997 Tampa, FL

World Team

Pitchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Domingo Acevedo NYY AA R R 6-7 240 3/6/1994 Villa Los Almacigos, D.R.
Yadier Alvarez LA A+ R R 6-3 175 3/7/1996 Matanzas, Cuba
Jaime Barria LAA AA R R 6-1 210 7/18/1996 Panama City, Panama
Luis Escobar PIT A R R 6-1 155 5/30/1996 Cartagena, Colombia
Tayron Guerrero MIA AA R R 6-8 210 1/9/1991 Bocachica, Colombia
Jonathan Hernandez TEX A+ R R 6-2 175 7/6/1996 Santiago, D.R.
Jairo Labourt DET AA L L 6-4 205 3/7/1994 Azua, D.R.
Cal Quantrill SD A+ L R 6-2 165 2/10/1995 Port Hope, ON, Canada
Mike Soroka ATL A+ R R 6-5 225 8/4/1997 Calgary, AB, Canada
Thyago Vieira SEA AA R R 6-2 210 7/1/1993 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Catchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Francisco Mejia CLE AA S R 5-10 180 10/27/1995 Bani, D.R.
Tomas Nido NYM AA R R 6-0 205 4/12/1994 Oviedo, FL (Puerto Rico)

Infielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Yordan Alvarez HOU A+ L L 6-5 225 6/27/1997 Las Tunas, Cuba
Rafael Devers BOS AA L R 6-0 195 10/24/1996 Sanchez, D.R.
Mauricio Dubon MIL AA R R 6-0 160 7/19/1994 San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Lucius Fox TB A S R 6-1 175 7/2/1997 Nassau, Bahamas
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR A R R 6-1 200 3/16/1999 Montreal, QC, Canada
Yoan Moncada CWS AAA S R 6-2 205 5/27/1995 Abreus, Cuba
Josh Naylor SD A L L 6-0 225 6/22/1997 Mississauga, ON, Canada
Amed Rosario NYM AAA R R 6-2 190 11/20/1995 Santo Domingo Centro, D.R.

Outfielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Ronald Acuna ATL AA R R 6-0 180 12/18/1997 La Guaira, Venezuela
Estevan Florial NYY A L R 6-1 185 11/25/1997 Port Au Prince, Haiti
Eloy Jimenez CHC A R R 6-4 205 11/27/1996 Santo Domingo Centro, D.R.
Victor Robles WAS AA R R 6-0 185 5/19/1997 Santo Domingo Este, D.R.
Alex Verdugo LA AAA L L 6-0 205 5/15/1996 Tucson, AZ (Mexico)

 

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All-Star Weekend – Home Run Derby Prediction


All-Star weekend begins today in the MLB with the Future’s Game kicking off the festivities. But today we are here to talk about the Home Run Derby that will take place tomorrow.

First of all, I love the changes they have made with the bracket format. I will miss seeing the likes of Josh Hamilton hitting 28 in a single round, but as Giancarlo Stanton showed us last year it can still be done. However, the changes do not seem as conducive to that happening much anymore.

There is just something about seeing guys hit 500+ foot bombs, and if you have never swung a bat you may not know just how hard something like that is. But what the new format does is allow talk about match ups and possible showdowns between sluggers.

Perhaps the biggest match up would be a finals match between defending champion Stanton vs. new superstar Aaron Judge. This could be a possible match in the finals, but I’m calling for a third member of the event to pull out the win.

I’m going to make the call for the no. 3 seed (players are seeded by current home run totals, except Stanton who is the no. 1 seed based on his championship last year) Cody Bellinger. There are a few reasons why I’m calling for the Dodgers rookie to pull out the upset. Firs of all, he has a swing to produce home runs which he has proven this year hitting 25 through his fist 69 games this year. Secondly, he isn’t one of the top two seeds. The top two seeds are the two guys that most are calling to win it all. Not to mention most people want to see the Stanton/Judge match in the finals. But most times things just don’t work out the way people want them.

No matter what happens, it is going to be a fun showcase on Monday night.

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Cleveland to host 2019 MLB All-Star Game


Various news outlets are reporting that Cleveland’s Progressive Field will host the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It is being reported that the Indians will announce this on Friday.

Cleveland last hosted the Mid-Summer Classic back in 1997 just three years after it opened.

This will make the first American League park to host the game since Minneapolis did so in 2014 ending four straight years in the National League.

This summer Marlins Park will be the host when the two leagues face off on July 11th. Next year it moves to our nation’s capital at Nationals Park before returning to Cleveland in 2019.

This will be Cleveland’s 6th time to host the all-star game which trails only Chicago (7) and New York City (9). The game this summer will be the first one in Miami

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MLB: Miami Marlins to Host 2017 Midsummer Classic


According to a report from the Miami Herald, the Miami Marlins will host its first MLB All-Star Game in 2017. This will mark three straight years of NL teams hosting the game with Cincinnati this summer and San Diego in 2016.

The Marlins were to hold the 2000 All-Star Game but were stripped of that honor after the team won the 1997 World Series and subsequently had a fire sale ridding itself of all its high priced talent. Instead, Atlanta held the game in 2000.

Marlins Park opened in 2012 after the team left Pro Player Stadium where it hosted games along with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

New commissioner Rob Manfred has stated in the past he would like to start a bidding process for the midsummer classic, but outgoing commissioner Bud Selig had already made certain promises to teams with newly built stadiums.

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Germany: 2013 All-Star Rosters Announced


The rosters for the German Baseball League All-Star Game have been announced. The teams consist of all-stars from the north and south divisions to be played in Bonn on August 18.

Each team is represented by at least one player with a maximum of three. The two managers, Stefan Fechtig (North – Paderborn) and Martin Helmig (South – Regensburg), chose the team. The award winners from the previous year were also invited.

The festivities on All-Star Sunday kick off at 10:45 with warm-ups. The home run derby will take place at 12:30 and the game is scheduled for 2:00pm.

2013 German Baseball League All-Star Rosters:

North

Name Team Position
Buffa, Brent HSV Stealers Outfielder
Buttgereit, Moritz Solingen Alligators Outfielder
Faries, Kevin Dortmund Wanderers Infielder
Glynne, Harry Untouchables pad. Pitcher
Greenberg, Adam Berlin Sluggers Outfielder
Herrmann, Robert Untouchables pad. Catcher
Hinz, Daniel Untouchables pad. 1st base
Krzysiak, Eric HSV Stealers Catcher
Kujoth, Michael HSV Stealers Outfielder
Leighton Tanner Solingen Alligators Infielder
Milo, Dominco Drilling Wild Farmers Catcher
Nehring, Florian Bonn Capitals Outfielder
Olson, Charley Bonn Capitals Pitcher
Renault, Nick Solingen Alligators Pitcher
Rivers, Alexander Cologne Cardinals Pitcher
Rogers, Garrett Drilling Wild Farmers 1st base
Rogers, Mike Cologne Cardinals Infielder
Roper-Hubbert., Bradley Bonn Capitals Catcher
Wesche, Roy Dortmund Wanderers Outfielder
Zrinzo, Joe Drilling Wild Farmers Pitcher
Coaches: Team
Fechtig, Stefan (HC) Paderborn Untouchables
Heid, Mirko Bonn Capitals
Eberhardt, Norman Solingen Alligators

South

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Name Team Position
Haugen, Patrick Mainz Athletics Pitcher
Bolsenbroek, Mike Buchbinder Legionaries Pitcher
Fields, Brian Haar Disciples Pitcher
Payne, Spenser Bad Homburg Hornets Pitcher
Glynn, Elliot Bad Homburg Hornets Pitcher
Stoecklin, Jan Mannheim Tornados Pitcher
Hodges, Joshua Tuebingen Hawks Pitcher
Kotowski, Kevin Mainz Athletics Outfielder
Gühring, Simon Heidenheim Heideköpfe Catcher
Emery, Matti Stuttgart Reds Catcher
Boldt, Max Mainz Athletics Infielder
Vance, Matt Buchbinder Legionaries Infielder
Glaser, Louis Buchbinder Legionaries Infielder
Pecci, Jay Heidenheim Heideköpfe Infielder
Steinlein, Luke Haar Disciples Infielder
Petersen, Joshua Haar Disciples Infielder
Beck, Chris Stuttgart Reds Infielder
McOwen, James Heidenheim Heideköpfe Outfielder
Lutz, Sascha Stuttgart Reds Outfielder
Brown, Clarence Tuebingen Hawks Outfielder
Coaches : Team
Helmig, Marting (HC) Buchbinder Legionaries
Hartley, Mike Heidenheim Heideköpfe
Wermuth, Ulli Mainz Athletics
Maxwell, Keith Haar Disciples

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MLB All-Star Futures Game Rosters Announced


Press Release Major League Baseball
Rosters Feature 11 Former First Round Picks; World Team Includes Players from 10 Different Countries and Territories Outside the United States
Rosters for the 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game were announced today by Major League Baseball.The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 15th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The U.S. Team leads the all-time series, 8-6. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.com.SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from New York. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smart phones and mobile devices and online at SiriusXM.com. Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Citi Field, culminating with the 84th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16th.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.

The teams feature 11 former first round draft picks (U.S. – 10; World – 1), eight players picked in Compensation Round A (all U.S.) and four second round picks (all U.S.). Among the 11 first round picks, six were selected in the 2011 Draft, three in the 2010 Draft and two in the 2012 Draft. The World Team features players from 10 different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by 13 players, followed by Colombia (2), Cuba (2) and Puerto Rico (2). Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Panama, Taiwan and Venezuela are each represented by one player on the World Team.

For the first time, fans will determine the final player on both the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists (#FuturesFinalists) ballot, available exclusively on MLB.com/futuresfinalists and the Club sites. Fans may begin voting immediately and cast their ballots until Sunday, June 30th at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

The five candidates for the U.S. are: OF Tyler Austin (Trenton/NYY; #VoteAustin); OF Nick Castellanos (Toledo/DET; #VoteCastellanos); 3B Garin Cecchini (Portland/BOS; #VoteCecchini); OF Courtney Hawkins (Winston-Salem/CWS; #VoteHawkins); and OF Brandon Nimmo (Savannah/NYM; #VoteNimmo). The players vying for the final roster spot on the World Team are: SS Javier Baez (Dayton/CHI; Puerto Rico; #VoteBaez); 1B Ji-Man Choi (Jackson/SEA; South Korea; #VoteChoi); SS Carlos Correa (Quad Cities/HOU; Puerto Rico; #VoteCorrea); 3B Renato Nunez (Beloit/OAK; Venezuela; #VoteNunez); and 2B Rougned Odor (Myrtle Beach/TEX; Venezuela; #VoteOdor).

In addition to voting on the web, fans also may use their mobile phones to cast votes via text message. To receive the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. Individual player votes may be cast directly via text by sending a player’s code to 89269. For example, Text “U3” to vote for U.S. Team Player 3. Player codes are as follows: Austin (U1), Cecchini (U2), Castellanos (U3), Hawkins (U4), Nimmo (U5), Baez (W1), Choi (W2), Correa (W3), Nunez (W4) and Odor (W5). All votes are final. Standard rate text messaging fees apply (check with mobile carriers for details).

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will last nine innings, and in the event of a tie, a 10th inning will be played. The game will not go longer than 10 innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game jerseys and will wear caps of their Major League organization with a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game logo embroidered on the side.

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Pat Hoberg (home plate) of the Pacific Coast League, Gabe Morales (first base) of the International League, Ryan Goodman (second base) of the Southern League and Nic Lentz (third base) of the Eastern League.

Ninety-nine players have competed in both the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In 2012, 30 Major League All-Stars were alumni of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Nine players – Jose Altuve, Adam Dunn, Neftali Feliz, Jason Heyward, Bryce Harper, Francisco Liriano, Evan Longoria, Ben Sheets and Geovany Soto – appeared in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and were named to the All-Star Game in the following season.

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MLB: Cincinnati Reds Awarded 2015 All Star Game


Press Release Major League Baseball

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have been awarded Major League Baseball’s 2015 All-Star Game and will host the 86th Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today at a press conference.  Commissioner Selig was joined by Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini.

Commissioner Selig said: “I am very pleased to award the 2015 All-Star Game to the Reds and the great fans of Cincinnati.  The Midsummer Classic will be a remarkable opportunity to celebrate Cincinnati’s rich baseball tradition, which parallels the history of the national pastime itself.  I thank Bob Castellini and the entire Reds organization for sharing our enthusiasm about bringing the All-Star Game to Great American Ball Park for the first time in 2015.”

“We thank Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball for the honor of hosting the 2015 All-Star Game,” Castellini said. “Commissioner Selig’s staff and our hard-working, very talented organization will team with the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Northern Kentucky and the entire region to produce a jewel event Reds fans will remember for the rest of their lives. Tomorrow, we will begin turning our All-Star Game dream into reality.”

The 2015 All-Star Game will mark the fifth time that the Reds will serve as hosts of the Midsummer Classic, and Great American Ball Park will be the city’s third venue to host the festivities.  Crosley Field staged the 1938 and 1953 All-Star Games, while Riverfront Stadium was the venue for the 1970 and 1988 Midsummer Classics.  The National League has won three of the four All-Star Games played in Cincinnati.  Hometown hurler Johnny Vander Meer, just weeks removed from his back-to-back no-hitters, earned the win in a 4-1 game on July 6, 1938, in which the American League committed four errors in the field.  Hall of Famers Enos Slaughter and Pee Wee Reese led the N.L. to a 5-1 win on July 14, 1953, backed by seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball from Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn and Curt Simmons.  On July 14, 1970 at Riverfront Stadium, the N.L. scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4 and prevailed in the 12-inning affair, 5-4, when Pete Rose scored the winning run after colliding with catcher Ray Fosse, one of the most memorable plays in All-Star Game history.  The A.L. took its first All-Star Game in the Queen City on July 12, 1988, when Terry Steinbach hit a solo homer and a sacrifice fly and the A.L. surrendered just five hits, all singles, in a 2-1 win.

Great American Ball Park, which is located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, opened on March 31, 2003.  The 42,319-seat facility offers innovative features, breathtaking views and affordable seating options.  Great American Ball Park pays homage to the long and illustrious history of the franchise via the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, which has artifacts and memorabilia dating back to 1869.  Statues on Crosley Terrace honor Reds All-Stars Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Nuxhall and MLB Executive Vice President Frank Robinson, and another at “Nuxy’s Entrance” commemorates the career of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, on Tuesday, July 16th.  The 2014 Midsummer Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15th at Target Field in Minneapolis, the home of the Minnesota Twins.

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2012 MLB All-Star Rosters Feature 8 Dominican Players


By Keith Winters

The 2012 MLB All-Star game roster were announced Sunday and there are eight Dominican players among the All-Star invitees.

Interesting that six out of the eight Dominican players featured in the All-Star game were voted in by the fans of starters. Out of 18 position starters on the NL and AL squad, that means that 33% of the starters in the All-Star game come from the Dominican Republic. This is a huge number, considering that 11% of MLB players are Dominican.

But, alas the overall number of total Dominicans on the 2012 MLB All-Star rosters is right at the percentage of Dominicans players in Major League Baseball. Eight of a total of around 70 players in the All-Star game are Dominican, which comes to 11%.

Four out of the nine position starters on the AL team are Dominican players, along with one pitcher:

  • Robinson Cano is starting for the third strait time and making his fourth appearance overall. He is from San Pedro de Macoris, Republica Dominicana.
  • Adrian Beltre is starting for the second strait year and is playing in his third strait All-Star game. Beltre is from the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo.
  • Jose Bautista set the all-time votes record last year, only to have that record broken by Josh Hamilton this year.  He is from Santo Domingo too.
  • David Ortiz is an All-Star for the eighth time, also from Santo Domingo.
  • Fernando Rodney is from Samana, Dominican Republic and is playing in his first All-Star game.

There are two Dominican starters and one Dominican reserve player on the NL squad:

  • Rafael Furcal made his third All-Star game in his thirteenth year in the bigs. Not surprising, considering he was named the Dominican Baseball Guy player of the week earlier this season. He is from Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic.
  • Melky Cabrera is from Santo Domingo and is appearing in his first mid-summer classic.
  • Starlin Castro will play in his second All-Star game in just his third big league season. He is from Monte Cristi, DR.
See all these top Dominican players and the rest of the MLB All-Stars July 10, 2012 on FOX.
Keith Winters, also known as the Dominican Baseball Guy, is a Latin contributor to BaseballdeWorld. You can find more of his work on his blog The Dominican Baseball GuyBe sure to  follow him on Twitter, and visit his Facebook page for more information.

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All-Star Game Still Reaching New Heights


USA – The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis achieved record results with strong television viewership, Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest attendance, extensive sponsorship activity, and a Presidential visit. The All-Star Game featured a pre-game ceremony honoring 30 PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us, paid tribute to the six living Cardinals Hall of Famers (Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, and Bruce Sutter), and featured U.S. President Barack Obama throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

All-Star Game Viewership
The All-Star Game on FOX was seen by a total audience of 33.6 million viewers (those who saw all or part of the broadcast) marking the largest audience for an All-Star Game on that measure since 1999, according to Nielsen Media Research. In terms of average viewership, the game drew 14.61 million viewers, which marks the largest audience for the game since the 2002 MLB All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest
Major League Baseball shattered its all-time attendance record for MLB All-Star FanFest with a total of 150,804, thanks to the expansive reach of Cardinals nation. This year’s total increased by 17%, eclipsing last year’s record of 129,021 in New York City. In addition, Major League Baseball honored the 2 millionth fan to attend MLB All-Star FanFest during the event’s 19-year history.

Sponsorship
Major League Baseball scored two new All-Star sponsors with Disney’s new family theatrical release “G-Force” and Puerto Bani, a residential ballpark community in the Dominican Republic. Five MLB sponsors launched new creative during the All-Star Game including Holiday Inn, State Farm, Disney, Puerto Bani, and Taco Bell’s first-ever two-minute ad called the “Roosevelts.”

MLB Network
MLB Network’s Bob Costas landed an interview with U.S. President Barack Obama that aired immediately after the All-Star Game and is re-running on the Network in the following days. MLB Network provided extensive coverage of its first Major League Baseball jewel event featuring interviews with managers and coaches, 38 All-Stars, LL Cool J, and Sheryl Crow during the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevy, the MLB Tonight: All-Star Batting Practice presented by Budweiser and other programming.

International Television
President Obama recorded a special message to the thousands of U.S. troops watching the game through the Armed Forces Network. The All-Star Game was seen in 230 countries in 17 languages.

Media Release: Major League Baseball (MLB)

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

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Fans Vote Pair Into 2009 MLB All-Star Game


USA – Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino and Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge have been chosen by fans to play in Tuesday’s All-Star game in voting exclusively on MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, and the individual club sites.

“To all the fans across the country, mahalo for your support,” said Victorino, a native of Hawaii. “I am so honored and appreciative of the passion that everyone has shown to make this dream come true, especially with the number of votes cast. It’s just unbelievable.”

Victorino tallied 15.6 million votes to beat out San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval, Arizona’s Mark Reynolds, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and Washington’s Cristian Guzman.

Inge received 11.8 million votes to top Texas’ Ian Kinsler, the Los Angeles Angels’ Chone Figgins, Tampa Bays’ Carlos Pena and Toronto’s Adam Lind.

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2009 MLB All-Star Game Rosters


USA – USA – The Boston Red Sox will have a major league-high six players headed to Busch Stadium for the 80th All-Star game on July 14, while the ailing New York Mets topped the National League with four representatives.

Reigning NL MVP Albert Pujols was the leading vote-getter for the Midsummer Classic announced Sunday by Major League Baseball. Pujols received 5,397,374 votes to finish with the second-highest total in major league history. Ken Griffey Jr.’s holds the record with six million votes in 1994.

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees was the top vote-getter in the AL and will make his 10th appearance in the All-Star Game.

There remains one spot open on both 33-man rosters, which was increased by one from a year ago.

The AL candidates for the last spot in Internet voting includes Kinsler, Toronto designated hitter Adam Lind, third basemen Chone Figgins of the Angels and Brandon Inge of Detroit, and Rays first baseman Carlos Pena.

The NL candidates for the final spot are Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds, outfielders Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Shane Victorino of the Phillies, Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval and Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman.

The league that wins the All-Star game will have home-field advantage in this year’s World Series.

2009 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STARS

CATCHER
Joe Mauer, Twins*
Victor Martinez, Indians

FIRST BASE
Mark Teixeira, Yankees*
Justin Morneau, Twins
Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox

SECOND BASE
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox*
Aaron Hill, Blue Jays

SHORTSTOP
Derek Jeter, Yankees*
Jason Bartlett, Rays

THIRD BASE
Evan Longoria, Rays*
Michael Young, Rangers

OUTFIELD
Jason Bay, Red Sox*
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners*
Josh Hamilton, Rangers*
Carl Crawford, Rays
Curtis Granderson, Tigers
Torii Hunter, Angels
Adam Jones, Orioles
Ben Zobrist, Rays

PITCHERS
RHP – Andrew Bailey, Athletics
RHP – Josh Beckett, Red Sox
LHP – Mark Buehrle, White Sox
LHP – Brian Fuentes, Angels
RHP – Zack Greinke, Royals
RHP – Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
RHP – Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP – Edwin Jackson, Tigers
RHP – Joe Nathan, Twins
RHP – Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
RHP – Mariano Rivera, Yankees
RHP – Justin Verlander, Tigers
RHP – Tim Wakefield, Red Sox

2009 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STARS

CATCHER
Yadier Molina, Cardinals*
Brian McCann, Braves

FIRST BASE
Albert Pujols, Cardinals*
Prince Fielder, Brewers
Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
Ryan Howard, Phillies

SECOND BASE
Chase Utley, Phillies*
Orlando Hudson, Dodgers
Freddy Sanchez, Pirates

SHORTSTOP
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins*
Miguel Tejada, Astros

THIRD BASE
David Wright, Mets*
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

OUTFIELD
Carlos Beltran, Mets*
Ryan Braun, Brewers*
Raul Ibanez, Phillies*
Brad Hawpe, Rockies
Hunter Pence, Astros
Justin Upton, D-Backs

PITCHERS
RHP – Heath Bell, Padres
RHP – Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
RHP – Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
RHP – Matt Cain, Giants
RHP – Francisco Cordero, Reds
RHP – Ryan Franklin, Cardinals
RHP – Dan Haren, D-Backs
RHP – Josh Johnson, Marlins
LHP – Ted Lilly, Cubs
RHP – Tim Lincecum, Giants
RHP – Jason Marquis, Rockies
RHP – Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
LHP – Johan Santana, Mets

* Denotes starters.

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Who will win the 2017 World Baseball Classic?

  • Puerto Rico (31%, 27 Votes)
  • Dominican Republic (13%, 11 Votes)
  • USA (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Mexico (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Cuba (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Venezuela (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Netherlands (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Japan (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Chinese Taipei (1%, 1 Votes)
  • South Korea (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Canada (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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