2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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.

With a combination of injuries and rule enforcements, a record 84 players were named to the All-Star rosters. This broke the record of 82 players that were on rosters for the 2010 game.[2]

2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
National League 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 X 5 9 2
DateJuly 12, 2011
VenueChase Field
CityPhoenix, Arizona
Managers
MVPPrince Fielder (MIL)
Attendance47,994
Ceremonial first pitchJoe Garagiola and Daniel Hernández[1]
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck and Tim McCarver (Fox)
Gary Thorne, Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

Background

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.[3][4] Phoenix had never hosted the All-Star Game before; the last first-time host city was Denver, Colorado in 1998.[4] The game was the ninth straight All-Star Game to decide home-field advantage in the World Series.[5] Prior All-Star games had only used the designated hitter (DH) rule when in American League parks.[6] However, the 2011 game was the first to feature a DH in a NL park following a rules change in 2010.[6] The NL came into the game having won the previous year's match, their first victory since 1996.[7]

Immigration controversy

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.[8][9][10] 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.[11] However, Selig announced on May 13, 2010 that the game would remain at Chase Field in Phoenix as planned.[12]

Fan balloting

José Bautista on June 5, 2011
José Bautista was the leading vote-getter in 2011, breaking the previous record for most votes by more than 1 million.

Starters

Balloting for the 2011 All-Star Game starters began online April 26 and continued through June 30.[13] Fan voting also took place in each MLB stadium, beginning May 10 (at the latest) and ending on June 24.[13] 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.[14] A record 32.5 million votes were cast, beating out the previous record from 2009 by roughly 9 million.[15] 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.[15][16] 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.[15]

Final roster spot

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.[17]

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos
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

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 Alex Avila Tigers 1
1B Adrián González Red Sox 4
2B Robinson Canó Yankees 3
3B Alex Rodriguez# Yankees 14
SS Derek Jeter# Yankees 12
OF José Bautista Blue Jays 2
OF Curtis Granderson Yankees 2
OF Josh Hamilton Rangers 4
DH David Ortiz Red Sox 7
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Russell Martin Yankees 3
C Matt Wieters Orioles 1
1B Miguel Cabrera Tigers 6
1B Paul Konerko White Sox 5
2B Howard Kendrick Angels 1
3B Adrián Beltré Rangers 2
3B Kevin Youkilis[A] Red Sox 3
SS Asdrúbal Cabrera Indians 1
SS Jhonny Peralta[B] Tigers 1
OF Michael Cuddyer Twins 1
OF Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 1
OF Matt Joyce Rays 1
OF Carlos Quentin White Sox 2
DH Michael Young Rangers 7
Pitchers
Player Team All-Star Games
Josh Beckett Red Sox 3
Aaron Crow Royals 1
Gio González Athletics 1
Félix Hernández# Mariners 2
Brandon League Mariners 1
Jon Lester#[C] Red Sox 2
Alexi Ogando[D] Rangers 1
Chris Perez Indians 1
Michael Pineda[E] Mariners 1
David Price# Rays 2
Mariano Rivera# Yankees 12
David Robertson[F] Yankees 1
Ricky Romero[G] Blue Jays 1
CC Sabathia#[H] Yankees 5
James Shields# Rays 1
José Valverde Tigers 3
Justin Verlander# Tigers 4
Jordan Walden[I] Angels 1
Jered Weaver Angels 2
C. J. Wilson Rangers 1

National League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Brian McCann Braves 6
1B Prince Fielder Brewers 3
2B Rickie Weeks Brewers 1
3B Plácido Polanco# Phillies 2
SS José Reyes# Mets 4
OF Lance Berkman Cardinals 6
OF Ryan Braun# Brewers 4
OF Matt Kemp Dodgers 1
DH Carlos Beltrán Mets 6
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Yadier Molina Cardinals 3
C Miguel Montero[J] Diamondbacks 1
1B Gaby Sánchez Marlins 1
1B Joey Votto Reds 2
2B Brandon Phillips Reds 2
3B Chipper Jones# Braves 7
3B Scott Rolen[K] Reds 7
3B Pablo Sandoval[L] Giants 1
SS Starlin Castro Cubs 1
SS Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2
OF Jay Bruce Reds 1
OF Andre Ethier[M] Dodgers 2
OF Matt Holliday Cardinals 5
OF Andrew McCutchen[N] Pirates 1
OF Hunter Pence Astros 2
OF Justin Upton Diamondbacks 2
OF Shane Victorino# Phillies 2
Pitchers
Player Team All-Star Games
Heath Bell Padres 3
Matt Cain# Giants 2
Tyler Clippard Nationals 1
Kevin Correia[O] Pirates 1
Roy Halladay Phillies 8
Cole Hamels# Phillies 2
Joel Hanrahan Pirates 1
Jair Jurrjens Braves 1
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 1
Craig Kimbrel[P] Braves 1
Cliff Lee Phillies 3
Tim Lincecum Giants 4
Jonny Venters Braves 1
Ryan Vogelsong Giants 1
Brian Wilson Giants 3
  1. ^ Kevin Youkilis replaced Alex Rodriguez on the roster due to injury.
  2. ^ Jhonny Peralta replaced Derek Jeter on the roster due to fatigue.
  3. ^ Jon Lester replaced Félix Hernández on the roster due to Hernandez's ineligibility to pitch.
  4. ^ Alexi Ogando replaced CC Sabathia on the roster due to Sabathia's ineligibility to pitch.
  5. ^ Michael Pineda replaced Justin Verlander on the roster due to Verlander's ineligibility to pitch.
  6. ^ David Robertson replaced David Price on the roster due to injury.
  7. ^ Ricky Romero replaced Jon Lester on the roster due to injury.
  8. ^ CC Sabathia replaced James Shields on the roster due to Shields' ineligibility to pitch.
  9. ^ Jordan Walden replaced Mariano Rivera on the roster due to injury.
  10. ^ Miguel Montero replaced Plácido Polanco on the roster due to injury.
  11. ^ Scott Rolen replaced Chipper Jones on the roster due to injury.
  12. ^ Pablo Sandoval replaced Jose Reyes on the roster due to injury.
  13. ^ Andre Ethier replaced Shane Victorino on the roster due to injury.
  14. ^ Andrew McCutchen replaced Ryan Braun on the roster due to injury.
  15. ^ Kevin Correia replaced Cole Hamels on the roster due to Hamels' ineligibility to pitch.
  16. ^ 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.

Game summary

Starters

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

Box Score

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 5:40 pm (MST)
Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
National League 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 X 5 9 2
Starting pitchers:
AL: Jered Weaver
NL: Roy Halladay
WP: Tyler Clippard (1–0)   LP: C. J. Wilson (0–1)   Sv: Brian Wilson (1)
Home runs:
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
Weather: Indoors
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 notes

Tyler Clippard 2011
The game's winning pitcher, Tyler Clippard, surprisingly, did not retire a batter.
  • 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.[18][19][20]
  • 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.

See also

References

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Until interleague play started, the two teams had only met in exhibition games. Since the inception of interleague play, the two teams have played each other in every regular season since 1997. From 1999 through 2012, they have played six games per season: two three-game series (one series in each team's ballpark). In 2013, the two teams met four times: a pair of two-game series. Both clubs have qualified for the postseason in the same season on four separate occasions: 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2015, and faced off in the 2000 World Series. Analysts of the game have commented that the rivalry is the best reason for interleague play.

Robinson Canó

Robinson José Canó Mercedes (Spanish pronunciation: [ka'no]; born October 22, 1982) is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on May 3, 2005, played for them through the 2013 season, and was a member of their 2009 World Series winning team over the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 2014 through 2018. He has represented the Dominican Republic in international play, including winning both the gold medal and Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) of the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament.

From San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, the Yankees signed Canó as an amateur free agent on January 5, 2001. He is an eight-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was the 2017 All-Star Game MVP and the 2011 Home Run Derby winner. Along with WBC teammates Octavio Dotel and Santiago Casilla, Canó became one of the first four players to have won both a World Series and World Baseball Classic. On December 6, 2013, Canó signed a 10-year, $240 million USD deal with the Mariners.

In 2018, Canó was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s joint drug agreement for his use of furosemide. After the 2018 season, he was traded to the Mets.

The X Factor (American season 1)

The first season of the American version of the music competition show The X Factor began airing on Fox on September 21, 2011.

Based on the UK format, the competition consists of auditions, in front of producers and then the judges with a live audience; boot camp; judges' houses and then the live finals. Auditions for the show began in March 2011 and concluded in June 2011. The show was hosted by Welsh TV presenter Steve Jones, while the original judging panel consisted of Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Paula Abdul and L.A. Reid. Cole later departed from the show after just two audition rounds and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger, who originally co-hosted with Jones.

An early preview of The X Factor aired during the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12, 2011. Another preview was shown following NFL on Fox on September 11. The show was simultaneously broadcast in Canada on CTV or CTV Two, depending on schedule.

Season one's finale aired on December 22, 2011, resulting in Melanie Amaro as the winner, and Simon Cowell as the winning mentor.

Yaguate

Yaguate is a municipality (municipio) of the San Cristóbal province in the Dominican Republic.

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