The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB). Started in 1999, a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries in the world compete against each other. It is played as part of the festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
|All-Star Futures Game|
Logo for the 2008 All-Star Futures Game
|Location(s)||Varies (see prose)|
|Inaugurated||July 11, 1999, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Most recent||July 15, 2018, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.|
|Previous event||July 9, 2017, Marlins Park, Miami, Florida|
|Participants||Minor League Baseball players|
|Organized by||Major League Baseball|
The Futures Game was conceived by Jimmie Lee Solomon, an Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, looking for an event to showcase the minor leagues and round out the All-Star week festivities. Early versions of the game created marginal interest in the baseball community, but the event has drawn significance each successive year.
Rosters are selected by a joint committee consisting of Major League Baseball, MLB.com, and Baseball America magazine. All 30 MLB organizations are represented, with no more than two players from any organization, and 25 players per team, divided into U.S. and World teams based on place of birth. Any player selected to the All-Star Futures Game but promoted to the majors prior to the game is replaced.
The game is played by the same rules listed in the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. One exception is that games last 9 innings (7 innings prior to 2008), with up to 2 extra innings available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings; if it remains tied after 11 innings total, the game ends.
Two major changes took place in the 2008 game:
Each year, an award is presented to the game's most valuable player. In 2003, the name was changed from Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award to the Larry Doby Award. (The similarly-named Larry Doby Legacy Award is an entirely separate award presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.)
|MVP||Most Valuable Player|
|MLB All-Star on a future occasion|
|1999||World||7–0||Fenway Park||Alfonso Soriano||New York Yankees|||
|2000||U.S.||3–2||Turner Field||Sean Burroughs||San Diego Padres|||
|2001||U.S.||5–1||Safeco Field||Toby Hall||Tampa Bay Devil Rays|||
|2002||World||5–1||Miller Park||José Reyes||New York Mets|||
|2003||U.S.||3–2||U.S. Cellular Field||Grady Sizemore||Cleveland Indians|||
|2004||U.S.||4–3||Minute Maid Park||Aaron Hill||Toronto Blue Jays|||
|2005||World||4–0||Comerica Park||Justin Huber||Kansas City Royals|||
|2006||U.S.||8–5||PNC Park||Billy Butler||Kansas City Royals|||
|2007||World||7–2||AT&T Park||Chin-lung Hu||Los Angeles Dodgers|||
|2008||World||3–0||Yankee Stadium||Che-hsuan Lin||Boston Red Sox|||
|2009||World||7–5[a]||Busch Stadium||Rene Tosoni||Minnesota Twins|||
|2010||U.S.||9–1||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||Hank Conger||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|||
|2011||U.S.||6–4||Chase Field||Grant Green||Oakland Athletics|||
|2012||U.S.||17–5||Kauffman Stadium||Nick Castellanos||Detroit Tigers|||
|2013||U.S.||4–2||Citi Field||Matt Davidson||Arizona Diamondbacks|||
|2014||U.S.||3–2||Target Field||Joey Gallo||Texas Rangers|||
|2015||U.S.||10–1||Great American Ball Park||Kyle Schwarber||Chicago Cubs|||
|2016||World||11–3||Petco Park||Yoan Moncada||Boston Red Sox|||
|2017||U.S.||7–6||Marlins Park||Brent Honeywell||Tampa Bay Rays|||
|2018||U.S.||10–6||Nationals Park||Taylor Trammell||Cincinnati Reds|||
|U.S. (13 wins)||World (7 wins)|
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