2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 6–3.

On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.[1]

On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies.[2] Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.

On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.[3][4]

Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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American League 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 6 7 2
National League 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 6 0
DateJuly 14, 2015
VenueGreat American Ball Park
CityCincinnati, Ohio
Managers
MVPMike Trout (LAA)
Attendance43,656
Ceremonial first pitchSandy Koufax
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Ken Rosenthal, and Erin Andrews (Fox)
Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz (MLB International)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

Fan balloting

Starters

Balloting for the 2015 All-Star Game starters began online April 23 and ended on July 2. 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 5. A record 620 million votes were cast, surpassing the record of 391 million votes in 2012. Josh Donaldson was the leading vote-getter with 14,090,188 votes, breaking the record that Josh Hamilton set in 2012 with 11,073,744 votes. Bryce Harper set a new NL record for votes this year with 13,864,950 votes.[5]

MLB however canceled at least 65 million ballots on grounds of fraud and ballot stuffing.[6] At one point during the balloting, the top vote-getters for eight of the starting nine positions for the American League were Kansas City Royals players.[7]

Final roster spot

After the rosters were finalized, 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 were conducted from July 6 through July 10. Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees was removed from the ballot on July 9 after he replaced Alex Gordon on the roster due to injury.[8] The winners of the All-Star Final Vote were Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals (AL) and Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals (NL).[9]

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Xander Bogaerts Red Sox SS Johnny Cueto Reds P
Yoenis Céspedes Tigers OF Jeurys Familia Mets P
Brian Dozier Twins 2B Clayton Kershaw Dodgers P
Mike Moustakas Royals 3B Carlos Martinez Cardinals P
Troy Tulowitzki Rockies SS

Rosters

American League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Salvador Pérez Royals 3
1B Miguel Cabrera# Tigers 10
2B José Altuve Astros 3
3B Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 2
SS Alcides Escobar Royals 1
OF Mike Trout Angels 4
OF Lorenzo Cain Royals 1
OF Alex Gordon# Royals 3
DH Nelson Cruz Mariners 4
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Russell Martin Blue Jays 4
C Stephen Vogt Athletics 1
1B Albert Pujols[C] Angels 10
1B Mark Teixeira[D] Yankees 3
2B Jason Kipnis Indians 2
2B Brian Dozier[G] Twins 1
3B Manny Machado Orioles 2
3B Mike Moustakas Royals 1
SS José Iglesias Tigers 1
OF Brock Holt Red Sox 1
OF Adam Jones[F] Orioles 5
OF José Bautista# Blue Jays 6
OF Brett Gardner[E] Yankees 1
OF J. D. Martinez Tigers 1
DH Prince Fielder Rangers 6
Pitchers
Player Team All-Star Games
Chris Archer Rays 1
Dellin Betances Yankees 2
Brad Boxberger Rays 1
Zach Britton Orioles 1
Wade Davis Royals 1
Sonny Gray# Athletics 1
Kelvin Herrera Royals 1
Félix Hernández Mariners 6
Dallas Keuchel Astros 1
Darren O'Day Orioles 1
Glen Perkins Twins 3
David Price Tigers 5
Chris Sale White Sox 4
Hector Santiago[J] Angels 1

National League

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Buster Posey Giants 3
1B Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 3
2B Dee Gordon# Marlins 2
3B Todd Frazier Reds 2
SS Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 3
OF Bryce Harper Nationals 3
OF Matt Holliday# Cardinals 7
OF Giancarlo Stanton# Marlins 3
Reserves
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 1
C Yadier Molina Cardinals 7
1B Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 5
1B Anthony Rizzo Cubs 2
2B Joe Panik Giants 1
2B DJ LeMahieu[H] Rockies 1
3B Nolan Arenado Rockies 1
3B Kris Bryant[B] Cubs 1
SS Brandon Crawford Giants 1
SS Troy Tulowitzki[I] Rockies 5
OF Ryan Braun[M] Brewers 6
OF Andrew McCutchen[A] Pirates 5
OF Joc Pederson[L] Dodgers 1
OF A. J. Pollock Diamondbacks 1
OF Justin Upton Padres 3
Pitchers
Player Team All-Star Games
Madison Bumgarner Giants 3
A. J. Burnett Pirates 1
Aroldis Chapman Reds 4
Gerrit Cole Pirates 1
Jacob deGrom Mets 1
Zack Greinke Dodgers 3
Clayton Kershaw[K] Dodgers 5
Carlos Martinez Cardinals 1
Mark Melancon Pirates 2
Shelby Miller Braves 1
Jonathan Papelbon Phillies 6
Francisco Rodríguez Brewers 6
Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals 1
Max Scherzer# Nationals 3
Michael Wacha Cardinals 1
  1. ^ Andrew McCutchen was named starter in place of Giancarlo Stanton due to injury.
  2. ^ Kris Bryant was named as the roster replacement for Stanton.
  3. ^ Albert Pujols was named starter in place of Miguel Cabrera due to injury.
  4. ^ Mark Teixeira was named as the roster replacement for Cabrera.
  5. ^ Brett Gardner was named as the roster replacement for Alex Gordon.
  6. ^ Adam Jones was named starter in place of Alex Gordon due to injury.
  7. ^ Brian Dozier was named as the roster replacement for José Bautista due to injury.
  8. ^ DJ LeMahieu was named starter in place of Dee Gordon due to injury.
  9. ^ Troy Tulowitzki was named as the roster replacement for Dee Gordon.
  10. ^ Hector Santiago was named as a replacement for Sonny Gray due to Gray starting on Sunday.
  11. ^ Clayton Kershaw was named as a replacement for Max Scherzer due to Scherzer starting on Sunday.
  12. ^ Joc Pederson was named starter in place of Matt Holliday due to injury.
  13. ^ Ryan Braun was named as a roster replacement for Holliday.
#: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).

Game summary

Mike Trout of the Angels led off the game with a home run off Zack Greinke. The NL tied the score in the bottom of the second when Jhonny Peralta drove in Paul Goldschmidt with an RBI single off AL starter Dallas Keuchel. In the top of the fifth, Prince Fielder, who was pinch hitting for Nelson Cruz, hit a go-ahead RBI single off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw that scored Trout to give the AL a 2–1 lead.[10] The next batter, Lorenzo Cain, hit an RBI double to score Albert Pujols to make it a 3–1 ballgame. In the bottom of the sixth, Andrew McCutchen homered off Chris Archer to make it a one-run game. In the top of the seventh, Trout walked and was lifted for pinch runner Brock Holt who scored on an RBI double by Manny Machado to give the AL a 4–2 lead. Machado then scored on a sac fly by Fielder to make it a 5–2 game. In the top of the eighth inning, the Twins' Brian Dozier hit a home run to make it a 6–2 ballgame.[11] In the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Braun led off with a triple to right field off of Twins closer Glen Perkins, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Crawford to make it a 6–3 score. The next batter, Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, flied to right for the second out, and finally, Joe Panik lined out to left field to seal the AL's third straight victory and earn home-field advantage in the World Series.[12]

Starting lineup

American National
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Mike Trout Angels CF 1 Andrew McCutchen Pirates CF
2 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 3B 2 Todd Frazier Reds 3B
3 Albert Pujols Angels 1B 3 Bryce Harper Nationals RF
4 Nelson Cruz Mariners DH 4 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 1B
5 Lorenzo Cain Royals RF 5 Buster Posey Giants C
6 Adam Jones Orioles LF 6 Anthony Rizzo Cubs DH
7 Salvador Pérez Royals C 7 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals SS
8 José Altuve Astros 2B 8 Joc Pederson Dodgers LF
9 Alcides Escobar Royals SS 9 DJ LeMahieu Rockies 2B
  Dallas Keuchel Astros P   Zack Greinke Dodgers P

Line score

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 8:32 pm (EDT)
Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio[13]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 6 7 2
National League 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 6 0
Starting pitchers:
AL: Dallas Keuchel
NL: Zack Greinke
WP: David Price (1–0)   LP: Clayton Kershaw (0–1)
Home runs:
AL: Mike Trout (1), Brian Dozier (1)
NL: Andrew McCutchen (1)

Umpires: Home Plate – Tim Welke; First Base – Jerry Meals; Second Base – Paul Schrieber; Third Base – Ron Kulpa; Left Field – James Hoye; Right Field – Alan Porter; Replay Official – Brian Gorman[14]
Weather: Temperature: 78 °F (26 °C), partly cloudy; Wind: 5 mph from left to right
Time of Game: 3:02
Attendance: 43,656

See also

References

  1. ^ Sheldon, Mark (January 23, 2012). "Wish granted: Reds to host 2015 All-Star Game". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Estes, Ben (July 15, 2014). "Bud Selig: Reds can include Pete Rose in 2015 All-Star Game festivities". si.com. SI Wire. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Sheldon, Mark (May 12, 2015). "Frazier named All-Star Game ambassador". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Clark, David (May 12, 2015). "Todd Frazier to serve as 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson". Cincinnati.com. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Miller, Doug. "AL, NL starters unveiled; pitchers, reserves next". MLB.com. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  6. ^ Scott, Nate (June 19, 2015). "MLB cancels 65 million votes for the All-Star Game". USA Today. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Foster, Jason (June 18, 2015). "MLB says it has canceled as many as 65 million All-Star ballots". Sporting News. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Raynor, Grace. "Gardner subs for Gordon on AL All-Star roster". MLB.com. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Newman, Mark. "Show Me the Final Vote: Moose, Martinez win". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "86th All-Star Game: American League wins 6-3 as Trout wins second straight MVP". Washington Post. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "Mike Trout, Prince Fielder lead AL to All-Star Game win". USA Today. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  12. ^ "Mike Trout goes deep right off the bat to carry American League to win". ESPN. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "American 6, National 3". MLB.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "Umpires, Official Scorers Announced for 2015 All-Star Game" (Press release). Major League Baseball Advanced Media, LP. July 8, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.

External links

2015 Cincinnati Reds season

The 2015 Cincinnati Reds season was the 126th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 13th at Great American Ball Park, which hosted the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14. The Reds finished the season with a record of 64–98, 36 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals, second-worst in the National League, and their worst finish since 1982.

2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series (which went to the Cleveland Indians). This was also the last time home-field advantage for the World Series was determined by the outcome of the All-Star Game.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015, by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

Brian Dozier

James Brian Dozier (;born May 15, 1987) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers. Dozier was an All-Star in 2015, and won a Gold Glove Award in 2017.

Great American Ball Park

Great American Ball Park is a baseball stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is the home field of Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds. It opened in 2003, replacing Cinergy Field (formerly Riverfront Stadium), their home field from 1970 to 2002. The park's name comes from Great American Insurance Group.The ballpark hosted the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The Reds put in $5 million for improvements, which included two new bars and upgraded concession stands.

Joc Pederson

Joc Russell Pederson ( PEE-dər-sən; born April 21, 1992) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Pederson was drafted by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB draft, out of Palo Alto High School. His father, Stu Pederson, played for the Dodgers in 1985.

In 2011, he hit .353 while leading the Pioneer League in RBIs and outfield assists, and was both a Pioneer League and Rookie League All Star. In 2012, he was named the Dodgers' "Minor League Player of the Year". By virtue of his Jewish heritage, he played for the Israel national baseball team in the qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

In 2013, Pederson was both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star, and led the league in slugging percentage. He was ranked the Dodgers' # 1 prospect by Baseball America after the 2013 season. In 2014, he became the first player in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 79 years, and the fourth all-time, to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in the same season. That year Pederson led the PCL in runs, home runs, walks, on-base percentage, and OPS, while stealing 30 bases. He was named the PCL Most Valuable Player, to both the mid-season and postseason PCL All-Star teams, and was selected as Baseball America's AAA Player of the Year. In 2015, he was named the 8th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

He began the 2015 season as the Dodgers' starting center fielder, and the third-youngest player in the NL. Pederson was selected to the NL team in the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and was chosen to start in left field. He made it to the final round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, but lost to Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. In 2017, he set a record with a hit and a run scored in each of his first six World Series games.

Joey Wentz

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Rob Manfred

Robert D. Manfred Jr. (born September 28, 1958) is an American lawyer and business executive who is the tenth and current Commissioner of Baseball. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) and succeeded Bud Selig as Commissioner on January 25, 2015.

Scripps Center

The Scripps Center is a high-rise office building located at 312 Walnut Street at the corner of 3rd Street in the Central Business District of Cincinnati, Ohio. At the height of 468.01 feet (142.65 m), with 35 stories, it is the fourth tallest building in the city, and the tallest added between the building of the Carew Tower in 1931 and the opening of the Great American Tower at Queen City Square – the tallest building in Cincinnati – in 2011. It was completed in 1990, and includes 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2) of office space. The building was designed by Houston architects Hoover & Furr; Glaser & Associates was architect of record. Space Design International was also involved with the building's design.The headquarters of the E. W. Scripps Company is located in the Scripps Center.In connection with the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game played in Cincinnati, the upper exterior of the Scripps Center was decorated with a gigantic hat and mustache, giving it the appearance of a 19th century Cincinnati Redlegs player.

Despite public support for keeping the decorations permanently, the mustache and hat were removed after the game. Television cameras were also mounted on the building's roof to provide aerial views of the game.

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