The 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 73rd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues that make up Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 9, 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers of the NL. The game controversially ended with a 7–7 tie due to both teams running out of available pitchers. Beginning the next year, home field advantage in the World Series would be awarded to the winning league to prevent ties (this rule would stay until 2016).
No player was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award due to the game ending in a tie. The roster selection for the 2002 game marked the inaugural All-Star Final Vote competition (then known as "The All-Star 30th Man" competition). Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones represented the American and National Leagues as a result of this contest.
|2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 9, 2002|
|Ceremonial first pitch||Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (International)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)|
Gary Thorne and Ken Singleton (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell|
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|American League||National League|
|Johnny Damon||BOS||CF||Andruw Jones||ATL||CF|
|Jim Thome||CLE||1B||Brian Giles||PIT||RF|
|Eric Chavez||OAK||3B||Larry Walker||COL||RF|
|Magglio Ordóñez||CWS||RF||Albert Pujols||STL||1B|
|Darin Erstad||ANA||CF||Ryan Klesko||SD||1B|
|American League||National League|
|1||Ichiro Suzuki||Mariners||RF||1||José Vidro||Expos||2B|
|2||Shea Hillenbrand||Red Sox||3B||2||Todd Helton||Rockies||1B|
|3||Alex Rodriguez||Rangers||SS||3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF|
|4||Jason Giambi||Yankees||1B||4||Sammy Sosa||Cubs||RF|
|5||Manny Ramírez||Red Sox||LF||5||Vladimir Guerrero||Expos||CF|
|6||Jorge Posada||Yankees||C||6||Mike Piazza||Mets||C|
|7||Torii Hunter||Twins||CF||7||Scott Rolen||Phillies||3B|
|8||Alfonso Soriano||Yankees||2B||8||Jimmy Rollins||Phillies||SS|
|9||Derek Lowe||Red Sox||P||9||Curt Schilling||Diamondbacks||P|
|Home Plate||Gerry Davis|
|First Base||Tim Tschida|
|Second Base||Chuck Meriwether|
|Third Base||Jerry Meals|
|Left Field||Marty Foster|
|Right Field||Paul Emmel|
AL: Derek Lowe
NL: Curt Schilling
AL: Alfonso Soriano (1)
NL: Barry Bonds (1)
National League starting pitcher Curt Schilling was sharp early on, striking out three through two innings pitched. In the bottom of the first, Barry Bonds hit a deep fly ball off AL starter Derek Lowe, which looked to be deep enough to be a home run. Instead, center fielder Torii Hunter reached over the wall and caught Bonds' drive, denying the NL an early lead. Bonds playfully picked up Hunter as the NL took the field the next inning.
The NL would get on the board in the bottom of the second, when a Mike Piazza groundout scored Vladimir Guerrero from third. They'd score three more runs the next inning, when Todd Helton singled home Jimmy Rollins. Barry Bonds would get revenge for having his first-inning home run taken away by belting a two-run shot to give the NL a 4–0 lead. The AL would finally score in the fourth, on the strength of a Manny Ramírez RBI single.
The AL would cut the NL lead in half in the fifth, when Alfonso Soriano hit a homer off Éric Gagné to cut the lead to 4–2. The NL got a run back with Damian Miller's RBI double to put the NL up 5–2. The AL put together a big inning in the seventh to take the lead. An RBI groundout from Garret Anderson, an RBI single from Tony Batista, and a two-run double from Paul Konerko scored four runs for the AL, giving them a 6–5 lead after their half of the seventh.
The NL regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh, on a two-run single from Lance Berkman, which scored Mike Lowell and Damian Miller. The AL quickly tied the game back up in the eighth with Omar Vizquel's RBI triple. Neither team scored in the ninth, and the game went into extra innings. Vicente Padilla and Freddy García each pitched scoreless tenth innings, keeping the game tied.
A serious problem arose at this point, as Padilla and Garcia were the last available pitchers on each team. After a scoreless top of the eleventh inning, AL and NL managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly met by the first base dugout with Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the situation.
It was controversially ruled that if the NL did not score in the bottom of the eleventh, the game would be declared a tie. After the decision was announced over the stadium's PA system, fans loudly booed and jeered, with beer bottles being thrown onto the field, and chants of "Let them play!", "Refund!", "Bud must go!" and "Ripoff!" were heard. Garcia retired the side in the eleventh, and the game ended in a 7–7 tie, to further booing and bottle throwing. No MVP award was given.
The Home Run Derby took place on July 8 with eight players, four from each league, competing to try to hit as many home runs as possible.
|Miller Park, Milwaukee—A.L. 42, N.L. 31|
|Paul Konerko||White Sox||6||6||–||12|
The 2002 Atlanta Braves season marked the franchise's 37th season in Atlanta and 132nd overall. The Braves won their 11th consecutive division title, finishing 19 games ahead of the second-place Montreal Expos. The Braves lost the 2002 Divisional Series to the eventual NL Champion San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 2.
2002 marked the final year that pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz played on the same team ending the reign of what has been considered by many the greatest pitching trio of all-time. All three would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame a decade later. Smoltz set the Braves' single season record for saves (55). Chipper Jones moved to the outfield in left field to allow for Vinny Castilla to be signed and added to the lineup at third base. Julio Franco became a regular player in the second stint of his Major League career and Gary Sheffield was acquired to the Braves in 2002, playing at right field.2002 Los Angeles Dodgers season
The 2002 season saw Dan Evans take over as General Manager and in his first season the team won 92 games and was not eliminated from post season contention until the next-to-last day of the season, finishing third overall in the Western Division of the National League. Shawn Green hit 42 home runs to become the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back 40 or more homer seasons. He had four homers in one game on May 23 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 6 for 6 in that game and set a Major League mark for total bases with 19. The number broke the previous record of 18 total bases set by Joe Adcock. Éric Gagné who had been a starter previously became the closer in 2002 and set a club mark with 52 saves. This is also their first season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).2002 Milwaukee Brewers season
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The 2002 Montreal Expos season was the 34th season in franchise history.2002 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 2002 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 120th season in the history of the franchise.2002 Pittsburgh Pirates season
The 2002 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 121st season of the franchise; the 116th in the National League. This was their second season at PNC Park. The Pirates finished fourth in the National League Central with a record of 72–89.
The Pirates missed the playoffs for the tenth straight season, tying a record set between 1980–89.2002 San Diego Padres season
The 2002 San Diego Padres season was the 34th season in franchise history.2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 74th midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game played in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.
The game was held on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–6, thus awarding an AL team (which was eventually the New York Yankees) home-field advantage in the 2003 World Series. This game was the first All-Star Game to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, a rule that stemmed from a controversial 7–7 tie in the previous year's edition. In the days leading up to the game, Fox advertised it with the tagline: "This time it counts." Subsequent editions altered the slogan to "This one counts" to reflect the new method of determining the World Series' home-field advantage; that arrangement ended with the 2016 edition, where the AL team (which became the Cleveland Indians) also won home-field advantage; the AL would win the next six years, as well as the last four. The winning league had a 9-5 record in the corresponding year's World Series, with the AL going 6-5 in the 11 years it won the All Star Game and the NL going 3-0 in the three years it won the All Star Game.
This All-Star Game marked the seventh All-Star appearance for the Naval Station Great Lakes color guard from Waukegan, Illinois, who this year was joined by police officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Department who presented the Canadian and American flags in the outfield. Both the five-man color guard and the sheriff's department officers accompanied Michael Bublé, who sang O Canada, and Vanessa Carlton, who sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Bublé's performance of "O Canada" was not televised until after the game in the Chicago area, while Carlton's performance was followed by fireworks that shot off the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard.All-Star Final Vote
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García threw a fastball that topped out in the 90s in his prime and a hard slider. He also threw a two-seam fastball, a curveball, a split-finger fastball and occasionally used a changeup. García's best year was in 2001 in which he led the American League in innings pitched and ERA. He made the All-Star team in 2001 and 2002. In 2005, he was a member of the World Series winning Chicago White Sox and started the series-winning Game 4.List of Santa Clara University people
This article is a list of notable encyclopedic persons, students, alumni, faculty, and academic affiliates associated with Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California United States.Randy Winn
Dwight Randolph Winn (born June 9, 1974) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of thirteen seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as an outfielder. Winn was a switch hitter, and threw right-handed. He made his major league debut in 1998 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, then went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals. He played in the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He currently works as an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area.Robin Yount
Robin R. Yount (; nicknamed,"The Kid", and "Rockin' Robin", born September 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player. He spent his entire 20-year career in Major League Baseball as a shortstop and center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers (1974–93).
After growing up in California, Yount spent a couple of months in minor league baseball and advanced to the major leagues at the age of 18. He won two American League Most Valuable Player awards. In his best season, 1982, the Brewers made a World Series appearance. In 1999, Yount was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Since his retirement as a player, Yount has held several roles as a baseball coach.The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training is a 1977 American sports comedy-drama film and a sequel to the feature film The Bad News Bears. Chris Barnes returns to his role as the foul-mouthed Tanner Boyle; also starring is Jimmy Baio as pitcher Carmen Ronzonni.
This film picks up the Bears' career a year after their infamous second-place finish in the North Valley League. However, after winning this year, they are left reeling by the departure of Buttermaker as their coach and an injury to goat-turned-hero Timmy Lupus (Quinn Smith). Faced with a chance to play the Houston Toros for a shot at the Japanese champs, they devise a way to get to Houston to play at the famed Astrodome, between games of a Major League Baseball doubleheader. In the process, Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley) reunites with his estranged father (William Devane), who is ultimately recruited to coach them. The Bears, as a whole, have trouble with fielding during practice, but soon become more cohesive and athletic under Coach Leak's guidance.
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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; since then each league has conducted a championship series (ALCS and NLCS) preceding the World Series to determine which teams will advance. As of 2018, the World Series has been contested 114 times, with the AL winning 66 and the NL winning 48.
The 2018 World Series took place between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox from October 23–28, with the Red Sox winning in five games to earn their ninth title. This was the first World Series meeting between these two teams since 1916. Having previously lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers became the 11th team to lose the World Series in consecutive seasons.In the American League, the New York Yankees have played in 40 World Series and won 27, the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics have played in 14 and won 9, and the Boston Red Sox have played in 13 and won 9, including the first World Series. In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have appeared in 19 and won 11, the New York/San Francisco Giants have played in 19 and won 8, the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers have appeared in 20 and won 6, and the Cincinnati Reds have appeared in 9 and won 5.
As of 2018, no team has won consecutive World Series championships since the New York Yankees in 1998, 1999, and 2000—the longest such drought in Major League Baseball history.
Until 2002, home-field advantage in the World Series alternated from year to year between the National League and American League. From 2003 to 2016, home-field advantage was given to the league that won that year's All-Star Game. Starting in 2017, home-field advantage is awarded to the league champion team with the better regular season win-loss record.
|Results and Awards|
² — Two All-Star Games were played these seasons. Italics indicate future games.
2002 MLB season by team
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
Website: Fox Sports - MLB News
|AL Championship Series|
|NL Championship Series|
|AL Division Series|
|NL Division Series|
|AL Wild Card Game|
|NL Wild Card Game|
|Little League Classic|