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.

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.

1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 1 3 13 19 2
National 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 2 0 8 12 1
DateJuly 7, 1998
VenueCoors Field
CityDenver, Colorado
Managers
MVPRoberto Alomar (BAL)
Attendance51,267
Ceremonial first pitchElias Kurts
TelevisionNBC (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersBob Costas and Joe Morgan (NBC)
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersCharley Steiner and Kevin Kennedy

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 7
1B Jim Thome Indians 2
2B Roberto Alomar Orioles 9
3B Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 16
SS Alex Rodriguez Mariners 3
OF Juan González Rangers 2
OF Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners 9
OF Kenny Lofton Indians 5
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Rolando Arrojo Devil Rays 1
P Roger Clemens Blue Jays 7
P Bartolo Colón Indians 1
P Tom Gordon Red Sox 1
P Pedro Martínez Red Sox 3
P Troy Percival Angels 2
P Brad Radke Twins 1
P Aaron Sele Rangers 1
P David Wells Yankees 2
P John Wetteland Rangers 2
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Sandy Alomar, Jr. Indians 6
1B Rafael Palmeiro Orioles 3
1B Mo Vaughn[1] Red Sox 3
2B Damion Easley Tigers 1
2B Ray Durham White Sox 1
3B Scott Brosius Yankees 1
3B Dean Palmer Royals 1
SS Derek Jeter Yankees 1
SS Omar Vizquel Indians 1
OF Darin Erstad Angels 1
OF Ben Grieve Athletics 1
OF Paul O'Neill Yankees 5
OF Manny Ramirez Indians 2
OF Bernie Williams[1] Yankees 2

National League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All Star-Games
C Mike Piazza Mets 6
1B Mark McGwire Cardinals 10
2B Craig Biggio Astros 7
3B Chipper Jones Braves 3
SS Walt Weiss Braves 1
OF Barry Bonds Giants 8
OF Tony Gwynn Padres 14
OF Larry Walker Rockies 3
Pitchers
Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Andy Ashby Padres 1
P Kevin Brown Padres 4
P Tom Glavine Braves 6
P Trevor Hoffman Padres 1
P Greg Maddux Braves 7
P Robb Nen Giants 1
P Rick Reed Mets 1
P Curt Schilling Phillies 2
P Jeff Shaw Dodgers 1
P Ugueth Urbina Expos 1
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Jason Kendall Pirates 2
C Javy López Braves 2
1B Andrés Galarraga Braves 4
2B Bret Boone Reds 1
2B Fernando Viña Brewers 1
3B Vinny Castilla Rockies 2
SS Édgar Rentería Marlins 1
OF Moisés Alou Astros 3
OF Dante Bichette Rockies 4
OF Gary Sheffield Dodgers 4
OF Sammy Sosa[1] Cubs 2
OF Greg Vaughn Padres 3
OF Devon White Diamondbacks 3

Game

Umpires

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)

Starting lineups

American League National League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
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

Game summary

Tuesday, July 7, 1998 6:29 pm (MT) at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 1 3 13 19 2
National League 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 2 0 8 12 1
WP: Bartolo Colón (1-0)   LP: Ugueth Urbina (0-1)
Home runs:
AL: Alex Rodriguez (1), Roberto Alomar (1)
NL: Barry Bonds (1)

Home Run Derby

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
Jim Thome Cleveland 7 8 2 17
Vinny Castilla Colorado 7 5 12
Rafael Palmeiro Baltimore 7 3 10
Moisés Alou Houston 7 7
Javy López Atlanta 5 5
Alex Rodriguez Seattle 5 5
Mark McGwire St. Louis 4 4
Damion Easley Detroit 3 3
Chipper Jones Atlanta 2 2

Footnotes and references

  1. ^ a b c Player declined or was unable to play.

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1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1996 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 67th 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 9, 1996, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League. This marked the fifteenth and final all star game appearance of Ozzie Smith, who retired after the 1996 season. Smith entered the game in the top of the sixth inning. His first at-bat was greeted by chants of "Oz-zie, Oz-zie" from the Philadelphia crowd. Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr., who was in the midst of his record-breaking run of consecutive games played, broke his nose during the pre-game AL team picture. However, he was ready to go at game time and started at SS.

During the pregame ceremonies, Kelsey Grammer of Frasier sang the American National Anthem and Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan sang the Canadian National Anthem. U.S. Congressman Jim Bunning (who was elected to the baseball hall-of-fame in 1996) joined other Phillies' hall of fame alumni Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Richie Ashburn and Robin Roberts in tossing the ceremonial first pitches.

Joe Carter, the Toronto Blue Jays representative to the All-Star Game, received boos from the crowd for his home run that ended the 1993 World Series.The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 6–0. The National League would not win another All-Star Game until 2010.

Then-Chairman of the Executive Committee Bud Selig presented the All-Star Game MVP Award to Mike Piazza. Bobby Brown had presented the MVP Award in 1993, while National League President Len Coleman had presented the award in 1994 and 1995. After presenting the MVP Award at the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Selig was officially named Commissioner of Baseball.

This is the only All-Star Game in which not a single pitcher walked a batter; appropriately, Braves closer Mark Wohlers was the final pitcher of the game.

Veterans Stadium also held the "distinction" of being the most recent host stadium to be closed down, a distinction it lost after Yankee Stadium closed at the conclusion of the 2008 season. This is also, as of the end of the 2019 MLB season, the last MLB All-Star Game to be played on artificial turf (there are now only two MLB stadiums with artificial turf, but both are of the next-generation variety).

1998 Atlanta Braves season

The 1998 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 33rd season in Atlanta and 128th overall. They went on to win their seventh consecutive division title, taking the National League East title by 18 games over the second place New York Mets.

The team featured six all stars: shortstop Walt Weiss and third baseman Chipper Jones were voted as starters, while first baseman Andrés Galarraga, catcher Javy López, and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were selected as reserves. Jones and Lopez each hit over 30 home runs as Galaragga (acquired from Colorado) led the club in home runs and RBI. Galaragga finished as an MVP candidate.

The 1998 Braves beat the Chicago Cubs three games to none in the National League Division Series. In the next round Atlanta then lost to the San Diego Padres in the National League Championship Series four games to two. Despite winning two games after losing the first three, Atlanta's comeback bid came short by being eliminated in game 6. San Diego's winning over Atlanta was seen as one of the biggest upsets in postseason history.

This team has earned a few historic accolades. ESPN writer David Schoenfield lists them as one of the top teams in MLB history to not win a World SeriesESPN columnist Jeff Merron also writes that the pitching staff of Maddux, Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, and Kevin Millwood was the greatest of all time. The quintet posted a cumulative 2.97 ERA and amassed 88 wins (almost 18 wins per starter), equaling the win total of the 2nd place Mets. The 1998 Braves are the only team in MLB history to have five pitchers each strike out 150 batters in the same season. Glavine, the lone 20 game winner in the National League for that year, won the Cy Young Award.

1998 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 1998 season was the sixth for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Don Baylor was their manager, although he was fired after the season. They played home games and hosted the 1998 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 77-85, fourth in the NL West.

1998 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1998 season saw the sale of the franchise from Peter O'Malley to the Fox Entertainment Group take effect. The new corporate executives would quickly anger Dodger fans when they bypassed General Manager Fred Claire and made one of the biggest trades in franchise history. They traded All-Star catcher Mike Piazza and starting third baseman Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins for a package that included Gary Sheffield.

The team on the field performed poorly under all the stress and soon Fox fired Claire and manager Bill Russell, replacing them with former Manager Tommy Lasorda, who was appointed interim GM and Minor League manager Glenn Hoffman who took over for Russell. The team limped along to finish in third place in the National League West and more changes were in the offing for the following season.

1998 Montreal Expos season

The 1998 Montreal Expos season was the 30th season in franchise history.

1998 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1998 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 116th season in the history of the franchise.

1998 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 1998 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 117th season of the franchise; the 112th in the National League. This was their 29th season at Three Rivers Stadium. The Pirates finished sixth and last in the National League Central with a record of 69–93.

1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 70th 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 13, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the home of the Boston Red Sox of the American League.

Fenway Park was chosen as host because the owners at the time were planning to build a New Fenway Park in a few years but were unable to get the project off the ground in time for the game. This All-Star Game is particularly notable as it featured the nominees for the All-Century Team as well as Ted Williams.In two innings, AL starting pitcher Pedro Martínez struck out the first four batters of the National League, becoming the first pitcher in history to begin the All-Star Game striking out the side. In all he struck out five of the six batters he faced, earning him Game MVP honors, becoming the second player in All-Star Game history to be named MVP as a member of the host team. The game resulted in a win for the American League by the final score of 4-1.

Starting with the 1999 All-Star Game, the games would always be held either on the 2nd or 3rd Tuesday of July, from 1999 to 2017, it was held between July 9 and July 16, and on July 17 in 2018.

Coors Field

Coors Field is a baseball park located in downtown Denver, Colorado. It is the home field of the Colorado Rockies, the city's Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It is named for the Coors Brewing Company of Golden, Colorado, which purchased the naming rights to the park prior to its completion in 1995. The Rockies played their first two seasons, 1993 and 1994, in Mile High Stadium before moving to Coors Field, two blocks from Union Station in Denver's Lower Downtown neighborhood. The park includes 63 luxury suites and 4,526 club seats.

Sports in Denver

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