1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 65th 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 12, 1994, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League—tying the Indians for the all-time record of most All-Star Games hosted by one franchise, as the Pirates had also hosted in 1944, 1959, and 1974 (and would again in 2006). The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 8–7 in 10 innings. It was the National League's first win since 1987.

This All-Star Game also marked the inaugural telecast for The Baseball Network, a joint-venture between Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC. This was NBC's first television broadcast of a Major League Baseball game since Game 5 of the 1989 National League Championship Series on October 9 of that year.

1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
American League 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 7 15 0
National League 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 8 12 1
DateJuly 12, 1994
VenueThree Rivers Stadium
CityPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Managers
MVPFred McGriff (ATL)
Attendance59,568
Ceremonial first pitchWillie Stargell
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersBob Costas, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker
RadioCBS
Radio announcersJohn Rooney, Jerry Coleman and Jeff Torborg

Rosters

Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

American League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Iván Rodríguez Rangers 3
1B Frank Thomas White Sox 2
2B Roberto Alomar Blue Jays 5
3B Wade Boggs Yankees 10
SS Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 12
OF Joe Carter Blue Jays 4
OF Ken Griffey, Jr. Mariners 5
OF Kirby Puckett Twins 9
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Wilson Álvarez White Sox 1
P Jason Bere White Sox 1
P Ricky Bones Brewers 1
P David Cone Royals 3
P Pat Hentgen Blue Jays 2
P Randy Johnson Mariners 3
P Jimmy Key Yankees 4
P Mike Mussina Orioles 3
P Lee Smith Orioles 6
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Mickey Tettleton Tigers 2
1B Will Clark Rangers 6
2B Chuck Knoblauch Twins 2
3B Scott Cooper Red Sox 2
3B Travis Fryman Tigers 3
OF Albert Belle Indians 2
OF Kenny Lofton Indians 1
OF Paul O'Neill Yankees 2
OF Rubén Sierra Athletics 4
DH Chili Davis Angels 3
DH Paul Molitor Blue Jays 7

National League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Mike Piazza Dodgers 2
1B Gregg Jefferies Cardinals 2
2B Mariano Duncan Phillies 1
3B Matt Williams Giants 2
SS Ozzie Smith Cardinals 13
OF Barry Bonds Giants 4
OF Lenny Dykstra[1] Phillies 2
OF David Justice Braves 2
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Rod Beck Giants 2
P Doug Drabek Astros 1
P Ken Hill Expos 1
P John Hudek Astros 1
P Danny Jackson Phillies 2
P Doug Jones Phillies 5
P Greg Maddux Braves 3
P Randy Myers Cubs 2
P José Rijo[1] Reds 1
P Bret Saberhagen[1] Mets 3
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Darrin Fletcher Expos 1
1B Jeff Bagwell Astros 1
1B Fred McGriff Braves 2
2B Craig Biggio Astros 3
2B Carlos García Pirates 1
3B Ken Caminiti Astros 1
SS Wil Cordero Expos 1
SS Barry Larkin[1] Reds 6
OF Moisés Alou Expos 1
OF Dante Bichette Rockies 1
OF Jeff Conine Marlins 1
OF Marquis Grissom Expos 2
OF Tony Gwynn Padres 10
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d Player declined or was unable to play.

Rosters

Umpires

Home Plate Paul Runge
First Base John Shulock
Second Base Jerry Layne
Third Base Rocky Roe
Left Field Bill Hohn
Right Field Jim Joyce

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Roberto Alomar Blue Jays 2B 1 Gregg Jefferies Cardinals 1B
2 Wade Boggs Yankees 3B 2 Tony Gwynn Padres CF
3 Ken Griffey, Jr. Mariners CF 3 Barry Bonds Giants LF
4 Frank Thomas White Sox 1B 4 Mike Piazza Dodgers C
5 Joe Carter Blue Jays LF 5 Matt Williams Giants 3B
6 Kirby Puckett Twins RF 6 David Justice Braves RF
7 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles SS 7 Mariano Duncan Phillies 2B
8 Iván Rodríguez Rangers C 8 Ozzie Smith Cardinals SS
9 Jimmy Key Yankees P 9 Greg Maddux Braves P

Game summary

Tuesday, July 12, 1994 8:31 pm (ET) at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
American League 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 7 15 0
National League 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 8 12 1
WP: Doug Jones (1–0)   LP: Jason Bere (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: None
NL: Marquis Grissom (1), Fred McGriff (1)

Cowboy Junkies lead singer Margo Timmins sang the Canadian National Anthem and rocker Meat Loaf the U.S. National Anthem. Both were accompanied by the 1994-95 Penn State ROTC Color Guard. Then, Willie Stargell threw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was once said that "having Willie Stargell on your team is like having a diamond ring on your finger." [1]

The AL got on the board quickly against starting pitcher Greg Maddux. Boggs singled with one out and went to third on Griffey's double in the left center field gap. Frank Thomas the hit a sinking line shot off the glove of Tony Gwynn in center which scored Boggs and moved Griffey to third. But Maddux escaped the jam by stabbing Joe Carter's line drive up the middle and then throwing to first to double off Thomas who had taken off for second. In the bottom of the first the NL got to starter Jimmy Key with a double into the left field corner by the Cardinals' Gregg Jeffries and a sac fly by Barry Bonds who was booed lustily by his former fans in Pittsburgh.

The NL, who had been dominated in the All Star Games the last 2 years, appeared to be pulling away in the third inning against that season's AL Cy Young Award winner David Cone (of the Royals). Pinch hitter Jeff Bagwell hit a one-out single, Jeffries was hit by a pitch, and Tony Gwynn ripped a double into the right field corner scoring both runners (Jeffries just barely getting around the tag of catcher Pudge Rodriguez). After Bonds struck out, the Dodgers' Mike Piazza hit a two-out single scoring Gwynn to increase the margin to 4–1.

The first place Expos' Ken Hill kept the AL off the scoreboard for two innings. However, in the 6th, the vaunted AL lineup broke through against Doug Drabek. Roberto Alomar singled to center, stole second, and scored on a Griffey hit (his second RBI of the night). Even though Griffey was tagged out in a rundown after his hit, the inning continued with a two out rally. Frank Thomas singled, then came around to score thanks to an errant throw from Matt Williams on a ground out by Joe Carter. Carter then came home on a hit by the prior year's All-Star game MVP Kirby Puckett.

With the scored tied 4–4, the NL retaliated immediately the next half-inning when the Expos' Marquis Grissom sliced a home run down the right field line off Randy Johnson. Later in the inning, with a runner on and one out, the Pittsburgh crowd roared but then exhaled when the slap hitting veteran Ozzie Smith nearly hit another home run off the Big Unit – missing the left field foul pole by a few feet.

It all appeared to unravel for the NL in the 7th, clinging to their now slim one-run lead. Astros closer John Hudek quickly gave up a single to Pudge and a walk to Mickey Tettleton. Then the Twins' Chuck Knoblauch looked to have a sure single on the AstroTurf through the left side, but Ozzie Smith made a spectacular diving stop and fired to second for the force play. The play, though, only temporarily halted the AL uprising as veteran Danny Jackson came in to relieve and got knocked around. He allowed a run-scoring double by the Red Sox third baseman Scott Cooper and a 2-run single by the Indians' Kenny Lofton.

The NL looked to be running out of time thanks to scoreless innings by AL pitchers Pat Hentgen of the Blue Jays and Wilson Álvarez of the White Sox. In the 9th the AL brought in veteran closer Lee Smith who had resurrected his dominant stuff one last time with the Orioles that season. He quickly walked Marquis Grissom to lead off. Then got Craig Biggio to hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Scott Cooper at third. However, Cooper double clutched ever so slightly and the AL just missed turning the double play on Biggio. This allowed Fregosi to pinch-hit slugger Fred McGriff, who he had saved up, to come to the plate as the tying run. The Crimedog promptly drove a Smith's splitter into the centerfield stands to tie up the game in dramatic fashion.

In the 10th the NL quickly went to work on AL reliever Jason Bere of the White Sox. Gwynn chopped a single through the box with no one out. The Expos' Moisés Alou then slammed a double that short-hopped the left center field wall. Gwynn was waved all the way home from first base and slid just under Pudge Rodriguez's tag to end the game.

After the game, National League President Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. made All-Star history by becoming the first African-American chief of any major league to preside over an MVP award presentation. He presented the award to Fred McGriff in lieu of the Commissioner of Baseball. This position was vacant and would not be filled until 1998 when Bud Selig, who had served as Chairman of the Executive Council since Fay Vincent's resignation in 1992, officially took the post.

External links

  1. ^ Chuck Tanner, Time, October 29, 1979
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In this All-Star Game, American League pitchers held National League batters to just three base hits, but all three were home runs. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 3-2. This is also the most recent All-Star Game to be televised by the ABC television network.

Because of the MLBPA Strike, and the lack of official champions, the leagues chose to designate the managers of the unofficial league champions (teams with the best record at the time of abandonment of the season) as managers for this All-Star Game.

There were two color guards participating in the pregame ceremonies. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Color Guard from Ottawa, Ontario, carried the Canadian flag, while the 1995-96 Del Rio (TX) High School ROTC Color Guard carried the American flag. Country singer Michelle Wright later sang "O Canada", while fellow country singer (and native Texan) Lyle Lovett sang "The Star-Spangled Banner". Nolan Ryan threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

National League President Len Coleman presented Jeff Conine with the All-Star Game MVP Award in lieu of the Commissioner of Baseball, marking the second year in a row that Coleman presided over the MVP Award presentation.

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Cito Gaston

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Martinez joined the Red Sox in 1990 when the Sox became the tenth in Major League Baseball to offer a Spanish-language broadcast. He remained with the Red Sox until 2001 when he was replaced by ESPN announcer Adrian Garcia Marquez. Martinez also called games nationally for ESPN and NBC, including the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Before joining the Red Sox, Martinez served as a news and sports reporter for WUNR radio in Boston and play-by-play announcer for amateur baseball in Hartford.

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The Baseball Network

The Baseball Network was a short-lived television broadcasting joint venture between ABC, NBC and Major League Baseball. Under the arrangement, beginning in the 1994 season, the league produced its own in-house telecasts of games, which were then brokered to air on ABC and NBC. This was perhaps most evident by the copyright beds shown at the end of the telecasts, which stated "The proceeding program has been paid for by the office of The Commissioner of Baseball". The Baseball Network was the first television network in the United States to be owned by a professional sports league. In essence, The Baseball Network could be seen as a forerunner to the MLB Network, which would debut about 15 years later.

The package included coverage of games in primetime on selected nights throughout the regular season (under the branding Baseball Night in America), along with coverage of the postseason and the World Series. Unlike previous broadcasting arrangements with the league, there was no national "game of the week" during the regular season; these would be replaced by multiple weekly regional telecasts on certain nights of the week. Additionally, The Baseball Network had exclusive coverage windows; no other broadcaster could televise MLB games during the same night that The Baseball Network was televising games.

The arrangement did not last long; due to the effects of a players' strike on the remainder of the 1994 season, and poor reception from fans and critics over how the coverage was implemented, The Baseball Network would be disbanded after the 1995 season. While NBC would maintain rights to certain games, the growing Fox network (having established its own sports division two years earlier in 1994) became the league's new national broadcast partner beginning in 1996, with its then-parent company News Corporation eventually purchasing the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 (the company would sell the team in 2004).

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