All-Star Futures Game
The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball. 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.
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 more interest each successive year.
Rosters for the Futures Game are selected by Baseball America magazine, in conjunction with MLB and all 30 major league teams. Every organization is 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.
Games last nine innings (seven innings prior to 2008), with up to two extra innings available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings; if after 11 innings total, a tie still remains, the game ends. Pitchers are limited to pitching up to one inning.
Any player selected to the All-Star Futures Game but is promoted to the majors prior to the game is replaced.
Changes in 2008
Two major changes took place in the 2008 game:
- For the first time, the United States team was drawn from the pool of players selected by USA Baseball for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
- The game lasted nine innings in regulation, rather than seven.
Larry Doby Award
- Note: For the award winners, see the "MVP" column in the "Results" section (below).
Five of the 15 award winners have gone on to become MLB All-Stars: Alfonso Soriano, José Reyes, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Hill, and Billy Butler, while 115 total players have appeared in both games. Of those 115, 12 played in the All-Star Game the year after competing in the Futures Game, according to MLB.com.
* This award should not be confused with the Larry Doby Legacy Award, which is presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
|MVP||Most Valuable Player|
|MLB All-Star on a future occasion|
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- Big league power highlights Futures Game rosters
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- "2002 Futures Game Box Score". Baseball America. 2002-07-08. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
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- Callis, Jim (2004-07-11). "2004 Futures Game". Baseball America. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
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- Game shortened to seven innings after a four-hour rain delay in the first inning.
- "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 12, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
- "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 11, 2010 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
- "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 10, 2011 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 8, 2012 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- U.S. trumps World in Futures Game
- MLB.com – Gallo's homer backs stellar pitching in U.S. win