2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
|Date||July 13, 2004|
|Venue||Minute Maid Park|
|Managers||American League - Joe Torre (NYY)
National League - Jack McKeon (FLA)
|MVP||Alfonso Soriano (TEX)|
|First pitch||Muhammad Ali|
|TV announcers||Joe Buck and Tim McCarver|
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell|
The 2004 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 75th playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 13, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, the home of the Houston Astros of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 9-4, thus awarding an AL team (which would eventually be the Boston Red Sox) home-field advantage in the 2004 World Series.
Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
|Home Plate||Ed Montague|
|First Base||John Hirschbeck|
|Second Base||Doug Eddings|
|Third Base||Jim Reynolds|
|Left Field||Marvin Hudson|
|Right Field||Sam Holbrook|
|American League||National League|
|1||Ichiro Suzuki||Mariners||CF||1||Edgar Rentería||Cardinals||SS|
|2||Iván Rodríguez||Tigers||C||2||Albert Pujols||Cardinals||1B|
|3||Vladimir Guerrero||Angels||RF||3||Barry Bonds||Giants||LF|
|4||Manny Ramírez||Red Sox||LF||4||Scott Rolen||Cardinals||3B|
|5||Alex Rodriguez||Yankees||3B||5||Sammy Sosa||Cubs||RF|
|6||Jason Giambi||Yankees||1B||6||Mike Piazza||Mets||C|
|7||Derek Jeter||Yankees||SS||7||Lance Berkman||Astros||CF|
|8||Alfonso Soriano||Rangers||2B||8||Jeff Kent||Astros||2B|
|9||Mark Mulder||Athletics||P||9||Roger Clemens||Astros||P|
|WP: Mark Mulder (1-0) LP: Roger Clemens (0-1)
AL: Manny Ramírez (1), Alfonso Soriano (1), David Ortiz (1)
Home Run Derby
|Minute Maid Park, Houston—A.L. 47, N.L. 41|
|Barry Bonds||San Francisco||8||3||–||11|
|Sammy Sosa||Chicago (N)||5||–||–||5|
For the Record
Jack McKeon became the oldest manager to manage an All-Star game after becoming the oldest manager to manage a World Series in 2003 with the Florida Marlins.
Roger Clemens gave up six runs in one inning for the first time in his major-league career.
In the top of the first inning, the American League hit for the cycle for the first time in All-Star game history.
This was the first All-Star game to be broadcast in high-definition.