2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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The 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 82nd in-season exhibition game between the All-Stars of the National League (NL) and the American League (AL); the leagues composing Major League Baseball. The event was held on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, home of the National League Arizona Diamondbacks. The game ended in a 5–1 win for the National League, their second straight All-Star victory. It was the first MLB All-Star Game to be held in Arizona and the first in a National League Park to have a designated hitter.
|Date||July 12, 2011|
|MVP||Prince Fielder (MIL)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Joe Garagiola and Daniel Hernández|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)|
Gary Thorne, Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton|
As with each All-Star Game since 1970, the nine starting position players of each league were elected by fan balloting. The remaining players were selected by a players' vote, each league's team manager, and a second fan balloting to add one more player to each roster. In all, 32 players were selected to each league's team, not including players who decline to play due to injuries or personal reasons.
Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin confirmed on April 10, 2009 that Arizona would host the 2011 All-Star Game and it was officially announced by Commissioner Bud Selig the next day. Phoenix had never hosted the All-Star Game before; the last first-time host city was Denver, Colorado in 1998. The game was the ninth straight All-Star Game to decide home-field advantage in the World Series. Prior All-Star games had only used the designated hitter (DH) rule when in American League parks. However, the 2011 game was the first to feature a DH in a NL park following a rules change in 2010. The NL came into the game having won the previous year's match, their first victory since 1996.
Some, such as New York Congressman José Serrano and sportswriter Mike Lupica, had suggested that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig should move the game because of the controversial SB1070 anti-illegal immigration bill passed by the Arizona legislature and signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. Others considered asking club owners, sponsors and even players to boycott the All-Star Game if the law was implemented and the game remained in Phoenix. However, Selig announced on May 13, 2010 that the game would remain at Chase Field in Phoenix as planned.
Balloting for the 2011 All-Star Game starters began online April 26 and continued through June 30. Fan voting also took place in each MLB stadium, beginning May 10 (at the latest) and ending on June 24. The top vote-getters at each position and the top three among outfielders, were named the starters for their respective leagues. The results were announced on July 3. A record 32.5 million votes were cast, beating out the previous record from 2009 by roughly 9 million. José Bautista was the leading vote-getter with 7,454,753 votes, easily breaking the previous single-player vote record of 6,069,688 held by Ken Griffey, Jr. Three other American League players also topped Griffey's record. Ryan Braun was the National League's leading vote getter, receiving a NL record 5,928,004 votes.
Final roster spotEdit
After the rosters were revealed, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 34th and final player of each roster, with online balloting conducted from Sunday afternoon, July 3, through Thursday afternoon, July 7. The winners of the final vote were Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox (AL) and Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies. Victorino became the first ever two-time Final Vote winner, having also won in 2009.
|American League||National League|
|Alex Gordon||KC||OF||Andre Ethier||LAD||OF|
|Adam Jones||BAL||OF||Todd Helton||COL||1B|
|Paul Konerko||CWS||1B||Ian Kennedy||ARI||P|
|Víctor Martínez||DET||C||Michael Morse||WAS||1B|
|Ben Zobrist||TB||2B||Shane Victorino||PHI||OF|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- ^ Kevin Youkilis replaced Alex Rodriguez on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Jhonny Peralta replaced Derek Jeter on the roster due to fatigue.
- ^ Jon Lester replaced Félix Hernández on the roster due to Hernandez's ineligibility to pitch.
- ^ Alexi Ogando replaced CC Sabathia on the roster due to Sabathia's ineligibility to pitch.
- ^ Michael Pineda replaced Justin Verlander on the roster due to Verlander's ineligibility to pitch.
- ^ David Robertson replaced David Price on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Ricky Romero replaced Jon Lester on the roster due to injury.
- ^ CC Sabathia replaced James Shields on the roster due to Shields' ineligibility to pitch.
- ^ Jordan Walden replaced Mariano Rivera on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Miguel Montero replaced Plácido Polanco on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Scott Rolen replaced Chipper Jones on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Pablo Sandoval replaced Jose Reyes on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Andre Ethier replaced Shane Victorino on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Andrew McCutchen replaced Ryan Braun on the roster due to injury.
- ^ Kevin Correia replaced Cole Hamels on the roster due to Hamels' ineligibility to pitch.
- ^ Craig Kimbrel replaced Matt Cain on the roster due to Cain's ineligibility to pitch.
- #: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).
- †: Indicates player was designated as his team's closer.
|American League||National League|
|1||Curtis Granderson||Yankees||CF||1||Rickie Weeks||Brewers||2B|
|2||Asdrúbal Cabrera||Indians||SS||2||Carlos Beltrán||Mets||DH|
|3||Adrián González||Red Sox||1B||3||Matt Kemp||Dodgers||CF|
|4||José Bautista||Blue Jays||RF||4||Prince Fielder||Brewers||1B|
|5||Josh Hamilton||Rangers||LF||5||Brian McCann||Braves||C|
|6||Adrián Beltré||Rangers||3B||6||Lance Berkman||Cardinals||RF|
|7||David Ortiz||Red Sox||DH||7||Matt Holliday||Cardinals||LF|
|8||Robinson Canó||Yankees||2B||8||Troy Tulowitzki||Rockies||SS|
|9||Alex Avila||Tigers||C||9||Scott Rolen||Reds||3B|
|Jered Weaver||Angels||P||Roy Halladay||Phillies||P|
AL: Jered Weaver
NL: Roy Halladay
WP: Tyler Clippard (1–0) LP: C. J. Wilson (0–1) Sv: Brian Wilson (1)
AL: Adrián González
NL: Prince Fielder
UMPIRES: Home Plate – Dale Scott; First Base – Jerry Layne; Second Base – Hunter Wendelstedt; Third Base – Dan Iassogna; Left Field – Ed Hickox; Right Field – Chris Guccione
Time of Game: 2:50 Attendance: 47,994
The American League struck first on Adrián González's two-out home run in the fourth off of Cliff Lee, who allowed two singles. Tyler Clippard in relief allowed a single to Adrian Beltre, but Jose Bautista was tagged out at home to end the inning. In the bottom half, after two leadoff singles, Prince Fielder's three-run home run off of C. J. Wilson put the National League up 3–1. Next inning, Rickie Weeks reached first on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Andre Ethier's single off of Jordan Walden. The National League added another run in the seventh when Hunter Pence hit a leadoff single, moved to third on Brandon League's passed ball and scored on Pablo Sandoval's ground-rule double and went on to win the game 5–1.
All-Star Game notesEdit
- Prince Fielder's three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning was the first home run ever hit by a Milwaukee Brewers player in the All-Star Game.
- Adrián González's home run off of Cliff Lee and Fielder's home run off of C. J. Wilson makes it the first time in All-Star Game history where there were two lefty-versus-lefty home runs.
- Brian Wilson became the second pitcher since 1969 (when saves became an official stat) to earn a save in the All-Star Game after recording a save in the clinching game of the previous World Series. Dennis Eckersley accomplished this feat by finishing the World Series in 1989 and then in the 1990 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field.
- Tyler Clippard became the first pitcher in Major League history to earn a win in an All-Star Game or a postseason game by facing only one batter and allowing a hit. Adrián Beltré singled to left off Clippard, but Hunter Pence threw José Bautista out at home plate to end the top of the fourth inning. The NL took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame, making Clippard the pitcher of record.
- This was also the second-straight All-Star Game where the winning pitcher was a member of the Washington Nationals. Matt Capps was the winner in 2010.
- Eight different American League pitchers struck out at least one batter, a record for an All-Star Game that did not go extra innings.
- Relief pitcher Heath Bell had players and fans laughing as he entered the game in the eight inning. Bell sprinted from the bullpen and did a slide in front of the pitcher's mound, taking out a chunk of the infield grass and leaving grass stains on his pants. "I wanted the fans to have fun with this", said Bell.
- For the first time in his career, Ichiro Suzuki was not named to the All-Star team.
- This marked the first time in which the All-Star Game was entirely played indoors since 1986, when it was played at the Astrodome in Houston.
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