2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 83rd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on July 10, 2012, during the 2012 Major League Baseball season at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals. This marked the third time the Mid-summer Classic had been played in Kansas City, with Kauffman Stadium (then named Royals Stadium) last hosting the event in 1973, the stadium's first year of existence. The event was also held at Municipal Stadium in 1960, when the Athletics were still based there, one of two played that season. The game was televised in the United States by Fox.

The National League shut out the American League for the sixth time in All-Star Game history.[1][2][3] It was the third-largest margin of victory for any Mid-summer Classic.[4] The TV ratings fell even further than the 2011 edition, earning a 6.8 rating and 12 share on Fox. The total number of viewers who watched any portion of the game was up 7 percent from the previous year, however, with 27.7 million total viewers.[4]

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 10 0
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
DateJuly 10, 2012
VenueKauffman Stadium
CityKansas City, Missouri
Managers
MVPMelky Cabrera (SF)
Attendance40,933
Ceremonial first pitchGeorge Brett
TelevisionFox
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

Host selection

Kauffman Stadium underwent a US $250 million renovation, funded by a 0.375% sales tax increase on the residents of Jackson County, Missouri for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, which also houses Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs.[5][6] The referendum passed in an election on April 4, 2006.[5] As a result of the deal, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig promised the area that the team would host a future All-Star Game no later than 2014. On June 16, 2010, Selig officially awarded the rights to host the game to Kansas City for the 2012 season.[5][7]

Fenway Park was also in contention for hosting the 2012 All-Star Game to celebrate that park's centennial.[8] However Boston had most recently hosted the 1999 All-Star game.[9]

Fan balloting

Starters

Balloting for the 2012 All-Star Game starters began online April 20 and continued through June 28.[10] Fan voting also took place in each MLB stadium, beginning May 8 (at the latest) and ended on June 22.[10] The top vote-getters at each position (including the designated hitter for the American League) and the top three among outfielders, were named the starters for their respective leagues. The results were announced on July 1.[11] A record 40.2 million votes were cast,[12] beating out the previous record from 2011 (32.5 million) by a little under eight million. Josh Hamilton was the leading vote-getter with 11,073,744 votes, shattering the record that José Bautista set the prior year with 7,454,753 votes.[11] Buster Posey set a new NL record for votes this year with 7,621,370 votes.

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. The online balloting was conducted from Sunday afternoon, July 1, through Thursday afternoon, July 5. The winners of the All-Star Final Vote were Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers (AL) and David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals (NL). Chipper Jones, of the Atlanta Braves, was removed from the ballot on July 3 after he replaced Matt Kemp on the roster due to injury.[13][14]

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Jonathan Broxton KC P Michael Bourn ATL OF
Yu Darvish TEX P David Freese STL 3B
Ernesto Frieri LAA P Bryce Harper WAS OF
Jason Hammel BAL P Aaron Hill ARI 2B
Jake Peavy CWS P      

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 Mike Napoli Rangers 1
1B Prince Fielder Tigers 4
2B Robinson Canó Yankees 4
3B Adrián Beltré Rangers 3
SS Derek Jeter Yankees 13
OF José Bautista Blue Jays 3
OF Curtis Granderson Yankees 3
OF Josh Hamilton Rangers 5
DH David Ortiz Red Sox 8
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Joe Mauer Twins 5
C Matt Wieters Orioles 2
1B Paul Konerko White Sox 6
2B Ian Kinsler Rangers 3
3B Miguel Cabrera Tigers 7
SS Asdrúbal Cabrera Indians 2
SS Elvis Andrus Rangers 2
OF Adam Jones Orioles 2
OF Mike Trout Angels 1
OF Mark Trumbo Angels 1
DH Billy Butler Royals 1
DH Adam Dunn White Sox 2
Pitchers
Player Team All-Star Games
Ryan Cook Athletics 1
Yu Darvish[E] Rangers 1
Matt Harrison Rangers 1
Félix Hernández Mariners 3
Jim Johnson Orioles 1
Joe Nathan Rangers 5
Jake Peavy[G] White Sox 4
Chris Perez Indians 2
David Price Rays 3
Fernando Rodney Rays 1
CC Sabathia# Yankees 6
Chris Sale White Sox 1
Justin Verlander Tigers 5
Jered Weaver Angels 3
C. J. Wilson[A]# Angels 2

National League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Buster Posey Giants 1
1B Joey Votto Reds 3
2B Dan Uggla Braves 3
3B Pablo Sandoval Giants 2
SS Rafael Furcal Cardinals 3
OF Melky Cabrera Giants 1
OF Carlos Beltrán Cardinals 7
OF Matt Kemp# Dodgers 2
DH Carlos González Rockies 1
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Yadier Molina# Cardinals 4
C Carlos Ruiz Phillies 1
1B Bryan LaHair Cubs 1
2B José Altuve Astros 1
3B David Freese[E] Cardinals 1
3B David Wright Mets 6
DH Chipper Jones[B] Braves 8
SS Starlin Castro Cubs 2
SS Ian Desmond# Nationals 1
DH Michael Bourn[D] Braves 2
OF Ryan Braun Brewers 5
OF Jay Bruce Reds 2
OF Bryce Harper[C] Nationals 1
DH Matt Holliday[F] Cardinals 6
OF Andrew McCutchen Pirates 2
OF Giancarlo Stanton# Marlins 1
Pitchers
Player Team All-Star Games
Matt Cain Giants 3
Aroldis Chapman Reds 1
R.A. Dickey Mets 1
Gio González Nationals 2
Cole Hamels Phillies 3
Joel Hanrahan Pirates 2
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 2
Craig Kimbrel Braves 2
Lance Lynn Cardinals 1
Wade Miley Diamondbacks 1
Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 5
Stephen Strasburg Nationals 1
Huston Street Padres 1
  1. ^ C. J. Wilson replaced CC Sabathia on the roster due to injury.
  2. ^ Chipper Jones replaced Matt Kemp on the roster due to injury.
  3. ^ Bryce Harper replaced Giancarlo Stanton on the roster due to injury.
  4. ^ Michael Bourn replaced Ian Desmond on the roster due to injury.
  5. ^ Denotes Final Vote Winner.
  6. ^ Matt Holliday replaced Yadier Molina on the roster due to Molina being placed on the bereavement list.
  7. ^ Jake Peavy replaced C. J. Wilson on the roster due to injury.
#: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).
†: Indicates player was designated as his team's closer.

The only position player able to participate who was not used was Adam Dunn. Lance Lynn and Huston Street were the pitchers not used by the National League. For the American League, pitchers Yu Darvish, Félix Hernández (who threw 114 pitches on July 8),[15] Jake Peavy, and Chris Perez did not enter the game.

Game summary

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View of the stadium during the National Anthem at the 2012 All-Star Game

In the first inning, the National League scored five runs off of Justin Verlander. Melky Cabrera singled with one out, then scored on Ryan Braun's double. Two two-out walks loaded the bases before Pablo Sandoval cleared them with a triple to the right field corner. Sandoval then scored on Dan Uggla's single. In the fourth, Rafael Furcal tripled with two outs off of Matt Harrison and scored on Matt Holliday's single. Melky Cabrera's home run then capped the game's scoring. The AL had the bases loaded in the fifth off of Clayton Kershaw, but failed to drive in any runs and the NL won 8–0. It was the third straight season the AL lost in an All-Star game. With two hits and two RBI, Melky Cabrera was named the All-Star Game MVP and was the first Giants player to be named All-Star MVP since Bobby Bonds in the 1973 All-Star Game, which was also held in Kansas City.

Starters

National American
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Carlos González Rockies DH 1 Derek Jeter Yankees SS
2 Melky Cabrera Giants CF 2 Robinson Canó Yankees 2B
3 Ryan Braun Brewers LF 3 Josh Hamilton Rangers LF
4 Joey Votto Reds 1B 4 José Bautista Blue Jays RF
5 Carlos Beltrán Cardinals RF 5 Prince Fielder Tigers 1B
6 Buster Posey Giants C 6 Adrián Beltré Rangers 3B
7 Pablo Sandoval Giants 3B 7 David Ortiz Red Sox DH
8 Dan Uggla Braves 2B 8 Mike Napoli Rangers C
9 Rafael Furcal Cardinals SS 9 Curtis Granderson Yankees CF
  Matt Cain Giants P   Justin Verlander Tigers P

Box score

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 7:18 pm (CDT)
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri[16]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 10 0
American League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Starting pitchers:
NL: Matt Cain
AL: Justin Verlander
WP: Matt Cain (1–0)   LP: Justin Verlander (0–1)
Home runs:
NL: Melky Cabrera (1)
AL: None

Umpires: Home Plate – Gerry Davis (crew chief); First Base – Jim Joyce; Second Base – Brian Runge; Third Base – Tony Randazzo; Left Field – Lance Barksdale; Right Field – Brian Knight
Weather: Temperature: 90 °F (32 °C), clear; Wind: 11 mph, in from left field
Time of Game: 2:59
Attendance: 40,933

Notes

See also

References

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2012 Atlanta Braves season

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2012 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 21st at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League wild card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.

2012 Los Angeles Angels season

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 2012 season was the franchise's 52nd season and 47th in Anaheim (all of them at Angel Stadium of Anaheim). The Angels would miss the playoffs for the 3rd straight, even though they had an 89-73 record as a 3rd seed team in the AL West.

2012 Miami Marlins season

The 2012 Miami Marlins season was the 20th season for the Major League Baseball franchise. The Marlins moved into Marlins Park for the 2012 season; as part of the agreement, they changed their name from the "Florida Marlins" to the "Miami Marlins". They failed to make the playoffs for the 9th consecutive season.

2012 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2012 season was the franchise's 51st season and its fourth in Citi Field. The team celebrated its 50th anniversary, as they became a team in 1962. Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, 2012. The Mets missed the post season for a 6th straight year.

2012 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies 2012 season was the 130th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies attempted to win the division title for the 6th year in a row which fell short in 3rd place with the record of 81-81.

2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the franchise's 126th season as a member of the National League, their 131st season overall, and their 12th season at PNC Park. Despite being 67–54 on August 19, the Pirates finished the season 79–83. This set a record for the longest losing season streak in all of North American professional sports history at 20.

The Pirates played just six extra inning games during the season, the fewest of any MLB team in 2012.

2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 84th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in Queens, New York City, the home of the New York Mets. This was the first time that the Mets have hosted an All-Star Game since 1964, the team's inaugural season at Shea Stadium, and the ninth time the All-Star Game was held in New York City. The game was last held in New York City in 2008, when the old Yankee Stadium hosted it in its final season before being demolished. It was televised in the United States on Fox.

The American League shut out the National League for the seventh time in All-Star game history, marking the first time that there have been shutouts in consecutive All-Star games.

Buster Posey

Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey III (born March 27, 1987) is an American professional baseball catcher for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. Posey has also filled in at first base for the Giants.

Posey was born in Leesburg, Georgia. He played four sports in high school; when playing baseball, he excelled at hitting and pitching. He attended Florida State University, where he began playing the catcher and first base positions. He won the Golden Spikes Award in 2008 and was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Posey made his major league debut on September 11, 2009. After starting the 2010 season in the minor leagues, he was called back up to the major leagues in May. With the presence of then full-time catcher Bengie Molina, Posey played first base when originally called up to the majors, but became the Giants' regular catcher at the end of June when Molina was traded to the Texas Rangers, the team the Giants later faced in the World Series.

As a rookie, he finished with a .305 batting average, 18 home runs, and 67 runs batted in. He was named the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year. He caught every inning of the playoffs as the Giants won the 2010 World Series. In 2011, Posey missed most of the year after he was severely injured in a collision with Scott Cousins at home plate.

Posey returned from his injury in 2012 and posted a .336 batting average to win the 2012 NL batting title. He became the second San Francisco Giant to win the batting title and was named the NL Most Valuable Player for 2012. He won his second World Series that year as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in four games. In 2013, Posey signed a franchise record eight-year, $167 million contract extension with the Giants. He won his third World Series the following year as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals. In 2016, he won his first Gold Glove award after an excellent defensive season.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Edward Kershaw (born March 19, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). A left-handed starting pitcher, Kershaw has played in the major leagues since 2008, and his career earned run average (ERA) and walks and hits per innings pitched average (WHIP) are the lowest among starters in the live-ball era with a minimum of 1,000 innings pitched. Kershaw has a career hits allowed per nine innings pitched average of 6.61—the second-lowest in MLB history—along with three Cy Young Awards and the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player Award. He has been described throughout the majority of his career as the best pitcher in baseball.Kershaw was drafted seventh overall in the 2006 MLB draft. He worked his way through the Dodgers' farm system in just one full season, and reached the majors at 20 years old. When he debuted in 2008, he was the youngest player in MLB, a title he held for one full year. In 2011, he won the pitching Triple Crown and the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since Dwight Gooden in 1985. During the 2013 off-season, the Dodgers signed Kershaw to a franchise record seven-year, $215 million contract extension. Kershaw pitched a no-hitter on June 18, 2014, becoming the 22nd Dodger to do so. Being a left-handed strikeout pitcher and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kershaw has often been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. He became the first pitcher in history to lead MLB in ERA for four consecutive years when he did so in the 2011 through 2014 seasons.Off the field, Kershaw is an active participant in volunteer work. He and his wife, Ellen, launched "Kershaw's Challenge" and wrote the book Arise to raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia. He has been honored with the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award for his humanitarian work.

George Brett

George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953) is a retired American baseball third baseman and designated hitter who played 21 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals.

Brett's 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in major league history and 16th all-time. He is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average (the others being Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial; Albert Pujols currently fulfills all three conditions, but is still an active player). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 on the first ballot and is the only player in MLB history to win a batting title in three different decades.

Brett was named the Royals' interim hitting coach in 2013 on May 30, but stepped down from the position on July 25 in order to resume his position of vice president of baseball operations.

Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are an American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1969, and has participated in four World Series, winning in 1985 and 2015, and losing in 1980 and 2014.

The name Royals pays homage to the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and championship barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City since 1899 as well as the identical names of two former negro league baseball teams that played in the first half of the 20th century (one a semi-pro team based in Kansas City in the 1910s and 1920s that toured the Midwest and a California Winter League team based in Los Angeles in the 1940s that was managed by Chet Brewer and included Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson on its roster). The Los Angeles team had personnel connections to the Monarchs but could not use the Monarchs name. The name also fits into something of a theme for other professional sports franchises in the city, including the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the former Kansas City Kings of the NBA, and the former Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

In 1968, the team held a name-the-team contest that received more than 17,000 entries. Sanford Porte, a bridge engineer from the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas was named the winner for his “Royals” entry. His reason had nothing to do with royalty. “Kansas City’s new baseball team should be called the Royals because of Missouri’s billion-dollar livestock income, Kansas City’s position as the nation’s leading stocker and feeder market and the nationally known American Royal parade and pageant,” Porte wrote. The team's board voted 6-1 on the name, with the only opposition coming from team owner Ewing Kauffman, who eventually changed his vote and said the name had grown on him.Entering the American League in 1969 along with the Seattle Pilots, the club was founded by Kansas City businessman Ewing Kauffman. The franchise was established following the actions of Stuart Symington, then-United States Senator from Missouri, who demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics (Kansas City's previous major league team that played from 1955 to 1967) moved to Oakland, California in 1968. Since April 10, 1973, the Royals have played at Kauffman Stadium, formerly known as Royals Stadium.

The new team quickly became a powerhouse, appearing in the playoffs seven times from 1976 to 1985, winning one World Series championship and another AL pennant, led by stars such as Amos Otis, Hal McRae, John Mayberry, George Brett, Frank White, Willie Wilson, and Bret Saberhagen. The team remained competitive throughout the early 1990s, but then had only one winning season from 1995 to 2012. For 28 consecutive seasons (1986–2013), the Royals did not qualify to play in the MLB postseason, one of the longest postseason droughts during baseball's current wild-card era. The team broke this streak in 2014 by securing the franchise's first wild card berth and advancing to the World Series. The Royals followed this up by winning the team's first Central Division title in 2015 and defeating the New York Mets for their first World Series title in 30 years.

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music artist, actress and television personality.

Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year and has sold over 900,000 copies. The album, which was certified gold by the RIAA, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Red High Heels" at #15, "I Wonder" at #14, and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind" at #16.

Pickler released her self-titled second album in 2008 that produced four singles: "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" at #21, "Best Days of Your Life" at #9 (which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift), "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" at #14, and "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again" at #30.

In 2012, Pickler was ranked as the 14th best American Idol alumna. In October 2012, she parted ways with her former record label and signed with Black River Entertainment.

On May 21, 2013, Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2016, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

Since 2017, she co-hosts the nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show Pickler & Ben with comedian Ben Aaron.

Mark Trumbo

Mark Daniel Trumbo (born January 16, 1986) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2010 through 2013, for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014 and 2015, and for the Seattle Mariners in 2015. Trumbo was an All-Star in 2012 and 2016.

Matt Kemp

Matthew Ryan Kemp (born September 23, 1984) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He began his professional career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2003, and played with the Dodgers from 2006 until 2014. He also played for the San Diego Padres in 2015 and 2016 and the Atlanta Braves in 2016 and 2017 before returning to the Dodgers for the 2018 season. He has been named to three All-Star teams and has won two Gold Glove Awards (2009 and 2011) and two Silver Slugger Awards (2009 and 2011).

The Dodgers selected Kemp in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB draft. After four seasons in the minor leagues, he made his major league debut in 2006. He did not become a full-time player until 2008, when he took over as the starting center fielder for the Dodgers. In 2011, Kemp led the National League in runs scored (115), total bases (353), OPS+ (171), WAR (7.8), home runs (39), and runs batted in (126). Additionally, he became the first player to finish in the top two in both home runs and steals since Hank Aaron in 1963.

Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera Astacio (born August 11, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians. While primarily a left fielder throughout his career, Cabrera spent a significant amount of his playing time as a center fielder for the Royals and Yankees.

Cabrera signed with the Yankees as an amateur free agent. He made his MLB debut for the Yankees in 2005. After playing as a fourth outfielder, the Yankees included him in a trade to the Braves after the 2009 season. Struggling with the Braves in 2010, he was released, and signed by the Royals in 2011. Recommitting himself to the game, Cabrera had a strong year with the Royals, and was traded to the Giants for the 2012 season. In 2012, Cabrera made his first All-Star Game appearance, winning the All-Star Game MVP Award. One month later, Cabrera received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.

Reliant Robin

The 'Reliant Robin is a small three-wheeled car produced by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, England. It was offered in several versions (Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3) over a period of 30 years. It is the second-most popular fibreglass car in history, with Reliant being the second-biggest UK-owned car manufacturer for a time.

Sports in Kansas City

The Kansas City Metropolitan Area has a long history of sports, which has included national championship teams and championship title events.

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