1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 69th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 7, 1998, at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, the home of the Colorado Rockies of the National League. The first All-Star contest played in the Mountain Time Zone, the game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 13-8. It remains the highest-scoring All-Star Game in MLB history. Also, it was the last MLB All Star Game not to be held on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of July, it was held on the 1st Tuesday of July, and thus the earliest ASG held since then.
|Date||July 7, 1998|
|MVP||Roberto Alomar (BAL)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Elias Kurts|
|Television||NBC (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Bob Costas and Joe Morgan (NBC)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Charley Steiner and Kevin Kennedy|
The pregame ceremony honored the United States Air Force Academy who provided the five-man color guard, flag presentations, and, at the end of country music singer Faith Hill's performance of the U.S. National Anthem, the flyover ceremonies. Hill's National Anthem performance was preceded by actress Gloria Reuben's performance of The Canadian National Anthem.
Twelve-year-old Elias Kurts was given the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the first "non-celebrity" so honored.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Ed Montague (NL)|
|First Base||Derryl Cousins (AL)|
|Second Base||Brian Gorman (NL)|
|Third Base||Rick Reed (AL)|
|Left Field||Rich Rieker (NL)|
|Right Field||Tim McClelland (AL)|
|American League||National League|
|1||Kenny Lofton||Indians||LF||1||Craig Biggio||Astros||2B|
|2||Roberto Alomar||Orioles||2B||2||Tony Gwynn||Padres||RF|
|3||Ken Griffey Jr.||Mariners||CF||3||Mark McGwire||Cardinals||1B|
|4||Juan González||Rangers||RF||4||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF|
|5||Jim Thome||Indians||1B||5||Chipper Jones||Braves||3B|
|6||Alex Rodriguez||Mariners||SS||6||Mike Piazza||Mets||C|
|7||Iván Rodríguez||Rangers||C||7||Larry Walker||Rockies||CF|
|8||Cal Ripken, Jr.||Orioles||3B||8||Walt Weiss||Braves||SS|
|9||David Wells||Yankees||P||9||Greg Maddux||Braves||P|
|WP: Bartolo Colón (1-0) LP: Ugueth Urbina (0-1)|
AL: Alex Rodriguez (1), Roberto Alomar (1)
NL: Barry Bonds (1)
Home Run DerbyEdit
|Coors Field, Denver—A.L. 54, N.L. 30|
|Player||Team||Round 1||Round 2||Finals||Total|
|Ken Griffey Jr.||Seattle||8||8||3||19|
|Mark McGwire||St. Louis||4||–||–||4|
Footnotes and referencesEdit
- Player declined or was unable to play.