The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Cleveland Indians and was played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019, with the American League prevailing over the National League, 4–3.
The decision to name Cleveland the host city was announced on January 27, 2017 by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. It was the sixth All-Star Game in Cleveland, and the first since 1997; this established the Indians as the team to have hosted the most All-Star Games, breaking a four-way tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds, who have each hosted the game five times. It was also the first time since 2014 that an American League team has hosted the event. That All-Star Game also coincided with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field and made it the second All-Star Game hosted by that ballpark. Alex Cora of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox managed the American League, and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers managed the National League for the second consecutive year.
|2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Date||July 9, 2019|
|MVP||Shane Bieber (CLE)|
|Ceremonial first pitch||CC Sabathia|
|Television||Fox (United States)|
MLB International (outside of the United States)
|TV announcers||Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci (Fox)|
Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez (MLB International)
|Radio announcers||Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton|
Voting for the All-Star game was changed from previous years. "Primary" voting lasted from on May 28 to June 21. The "primary" determined the top three vote-getters at every infield position and top nine vote-getters in the outfield for both the American and National Leagues. From this group of finalists, fans determined the All-Star Game starters. Voting ran from June 26 to June 27.
Unlike the format from previous years, which allowed fans to vote on a standard ballot up to 35 times, they could vote up to five times per day during the "primary" but only once during the final voting which determined the starting lineups. The "Starters Election" winners are highlighted below.
The remainder of the rosters, including all pitchers, were selected by player vote and input from both managers.
Full rosters were announced on June 30.
NL: Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD)
AL: Justin Verlander (HOU)
WP: Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) (1–0) LP: Clayton Kershaw (LAD) (0–1) Sv: Aroldis Chapman (NYY) (1)
NL: Charlie Blackmon (COL)
AL: Joey Gallo (TEX)
Attendance: 36,747 Time: 2:48
Umpires: HP – Mark Wegner (crew chief); 1B – Brian O'Nora; 2B – Phil Cuzzi; 3B – Tim Timmons; LF – D. J. Reyburn; RF – Jordan Baker; Replay Official – Fieldin Culbreth
Bidding for the 2019 All-Star Game began roughly five years before in 2014, according to Indians owner Paul Dolan. The selection of Cleveland to host the 2019 All-Star Game was heavily influenced by three major factors. The first involves recent improvement and growth throughout downtown Cleveland. The second factor is the recent success enjoyed by the Indians which culminated in an appearance in the 2016 World Series. Commissioner Manfred spoke highly of the city and its response to the World Series, stating that, "Cleveland's a baseball town and it will be a great host for the Midsummer Classic." Recent renovations and improvements in Progressive Field also influenced the decision to name the ballpark as the All-Star Game host for the second time. Estimates place the economic benefit Cleveland will see as the event's host city in the range of $60-65 million, an aspect of how Major League Baseball has a large impact on Cleveland's economy The third was to give the Indians ownership some incentive to removing their long time, controversial logo and mascot Chief Wahoo. The polarizing Native American imagery was removed for the 2019 season, just in time for the All-Star festivities.
This marks the sixth time the Cleveland Indians have hosted the All-Star Game, more than any other team. Likewise, this is the sixth All-Star Game played in Cleveland, the third most All-Star Games hosted by any city, only trailing New York (nine games hosted by four teams) and Chicago (seven games hosted by two teams).
The official logo of the 2019 All-Star Game celebrates the rich culture of Cleveland. Here in the spiritual birthplace of Rock and Roll, baseball and music are brought together through the icon of a guitar. Baseball stitching creates the shape that hold the "Rock and Roll" stylized letters of the All-Star Game and its host. The MLB logo punctuates this stylized representation as the head of the guitar. The Club's colors of red and blue are joined with tones of gray used for depth and dimension, while the six strings of the guitar are cleverly used in theme art to recognize Cleveland's sixth time hosting the Midsummer Classic.
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