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All-Star Futures Game

The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB). Started in 1999, a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries in the world compete against each other. It is played as part of the festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

All-Star Futures Game
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Logo for the 2008 All-Star Futures Game
FrequencyAnnual
Location(s)Varies (see prose)
InauguratedJuly 11, 1999, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Most recentJuly 7, 2019, Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
Previous eventJuly 15, 2018, Nationals Park, Washington, DC
ParticipantsMinor League Baseball players
Organized byMajor League Baseball
WebsiteOfficial website

OriginsEdit

 
The 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

The Futures Game was conceived by Jimmie Lee Solomon, an Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, looking for an event to showcase the minor leagues and round out the All-Star week festivities.[1] Early versions of the game created marginal interest in the baseball community, but the event has attracted more attention in later years.

FormatEdit

Rosters are selected by a joint committee consisting of people from Major League Baseball, MLB.com, and Baseball America magazine.[2] All 30 MLB organizations are represented, with up to two players from any organisation and 25 players per team. One team is made up of prospects from American League organizations and the other of National League prospects. From 1999 to 2018, teams were divided into U.S. and World teams based on place of birth. Any player selected to the All-Star Futures Game but promoted to the majors prior to the game is replaced.

Players born in Puerto Rico are part of the World team despite being U.S. citizens by birth, because that territory has its own national baseball federation and national team.

The game is played by the same rules listed in the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. Exceptions are game duration and the handling of tie games. From 2008 through 2018, games lasted 9 innings. From 1999 to 2007 & since 2019, games last seven innings. Through 2018, up to two extra innings were available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings. Since 2019, one extra inning is played, and each half-inning begins with a runner at second base. The home team wins if they take the lead in the 7th or 8th inning; the visitors win if they hang on in either inning; the game is over if it is tied after eight.

Changes in 2008Edit

Two major changes took place in the 2008 game:

Changes in 2019Edit

Two major changes took place in the 2019 game:[4]

  • The teams are now called the National League and American League. Players for each are drawn from affiliates of MLB teams in the corresponding MLB leagues.
  • The regulation game is now seven innings. If the game is tied after seven, one additional inning is played, with each batting team starting its half with a runner on second base. The 2019 game was tied 2–all after seven innings of regulation, and no runs were scored in the eighth inning; that was how the game ended.

Larry Doby AwardEdit

Note: For the award winners, see the "MVP" column in the "Results" section (below).

Each year, an award is presented to the game's most valuable player. In 2003, the name was changed from Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award to the Larry Doby Award.[5] (The similarly-named Larry Doby Legacy Award is an entirely separate award presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.)

Six of the award winners to date have later become MLB All-Stars: Alfonso Soriano, José Reyes, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Hill, Billy Butler, and Joey Gallo.

ResultsEdit

Key
MVP Most Valuable Player
  MLB All-Star on a future occasion
 
George Springer at the 2013 All-Star Futures Game
 
Kyle Schwarber at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game
 
Amed Rosario at the 2016 All-Star Futures Game
Results
Year Winner Score Ballpark MVP MVP organization Ref
1999 World 7–0 Fenway Park Alfonso Soriano  New York Yankees [6]
2000 U.S. 3–2 Turner Field Sean Burroughs San Diego Padres [7]
2001 U.S. 5–1 Safeco Field Toby Hall Tampa Bay Devil Rays [8]
2002 World 5–1 Miller Park José Reyes  New York Mets [9]
2003 U.S. 3–2 U.S. Cellular Field Grady Sizemore  Cleveland Indians [10]
2004 U.S. 4–3 Minute Maid Park Aaron Hill  Toronto Blue Jays [11]
2005 World 4–0 Comerica Park Justin Huber Kansas City Royals [12]
2006 U.S. 8–5 PNC Park Billy Butler  Kansas City Royals [13]
2007 World 7–2 AT&T Park Chin-lung Hu Los Angeles Dodgers [14]
2008 World 3–0 Yankee Stadium Che-hsuan Lin Boston Red Sox [15]
2009 World 7–5[a] Busch Stadium Rene Tosoni Minnesota Twins [16]
2010 U.S. 9–1 Angel Stadium of Anaheim Hank Conger Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [17]
2011 U.S. 6–4 Chase Field Grant Green Oakland Athletics [18]
2012 U.S. 17–5 Kauffman Stadium Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers [19]
2013 U.S. 4–2 Citi Field Matt Davidson Arizona Diamondbacks [20]
2014 U.S. 3–2 Target Field Joey Gallo  Texas Rangers [21]
2015 U.S. 10–1 Great American Ball Park Kyle Schwarber Chicago Cubs [22]
2016 World 11–3 Petco Park Yoan Moncada Boston Red Sox [23]
2017 U.S. 7–6 Marlins Park Brent Honeywell Tampa Bay Rays [24]
2018 U.S. 10–6 Nationals Park Taylor Trammell Cincinnati Reds [25]
2019 tie 2–2[b] Progressive Field Sam Huff Texas Rangers [26]
U.S. (13 wins) World (7 wins) tie (1)
U.S. (102 runs) World (86 runs)  

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Game shortened to seven innings after a four-hour rain delay in the first inning.
  2. ^ Game lasted the new maximum of eight innings.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Solomon has many irons in the fire". USA Today. May 8, 2001. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Nick Cammarota (June 26, 2008). "Futures Game rosters filled with top prospects". mlb.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Jonathan Mayo (June 19, 2008). "Futures managers have New York ties". MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Feinsand, Mark (July 8, 2019). "Futures Game full of surprises, ends in tie". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Larry Doby Award". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Yankee farmhand helps beat U.S." Herald-Journal. Associated Press. July 12, 1999. p. B4. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search.
  7. ^ "Burroughs leads U.S. to victory". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. C4. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Google News Archive Search.
  8. ^ "Futures game box score". USA Today. July 9, 2001. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "2002 Futures Game Box Score". Baseball America. July 8, 2002. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "Futures game box score". USA Today. May 20, 2005. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  11. ^ Callis, Jim (July 11, 2004). "2004 Futures Game". Baseball America. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  12. ^ Callis, Jim (July 10, 2005). "2005 Futures Game: World 4, U.S. 0". Baseball America. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  13. ^ "Gameday 2006". MLB.com. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  14. ^ "Prospects: Futures Game: Futures Game 2007 Box Score". Baseball America. July 8, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  15. ^ "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 13, 2008 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 13, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  16. ^ "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 12, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 12, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  17. ^ "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 11, 2010 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 11, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  18. ^ "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 10, 2011 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  19. ^ "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 8, 2012 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  20. ^ "2013 All-Star Game – Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson powers U.S. past World in Futures Game". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Joey Gallo's homer backs stellar U.S. pitching in Futures Game win". Chicago Cubs. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  22. ^ Steve Gardner, USA TODAY Sports (July 12, 2015). "Kyle Schwarber headlines Team USA's win in Futures Game". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  23. ^ Cassavell, AJ. "MVP Moncada powers World rout at Futures". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  24. ^ Feinsand, Mark (July 9, 2017). "USA rides Honeywell, big bats to Futures win". MLB.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  25. ^ Feinsand, Mark (July 15, 2018). "USA outslugs World in 8-homer Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  26. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (July 7, 2019). "These players turned heads at Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2019.

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