Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

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Willie Mays was the first player to win more than one All-Star Game MVP Award (1963, 1968).

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is an annual Major League Baseball (MLB) award given to the most outstanding player in each year's MLB All-Star Game. Awarded each season since 1962, it was originally called the "Arch Ward Memorial Award" in honor of Arch Ward, the man who conceived of the All-Star Game. The award's name was changed to the "Commissioner's Trophy" in 1970, but this name change was reversed in 1985 when the World Series Trophy was renamed the Commissioner's Trophy. Finally, the trophy was renamed the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award in 2002, in honor of former Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams, who had died earlier that year.[1] No award was presented for the 2002 All-Star Game, which ended in a tie.[2] Thus, the Anaheim Angels' Garret Anderson was the first recipient of the newly named Ted Williams Award in 2003.

As of 2011, a National League player has won the award 26 times (including one award shared by two players), and American League players have won 24 times. Baltimore Orioles players have won the most awards for a single franchise (with six); players from the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants are tied for the most in the National League with five each. Four players have won the award twice: Willie Mays (1963, 1968), Steve Garvey (1974, 1978), Gary Carter (1981, 1984), and Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991, 2001). The award has been shared by multiple players once; Bill Madlock and Jon Matlack shared the award in 1975.[3] Two players have won the award for a game in which their league lost: Brooks Robinson in 1966 and Carl Yastrzemski in 1970.[4][5] One pair of awardees were father and son (Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.),[6] and another were brothers (Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar, Jr.).[7] Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees is the most recent winner.

Winners[edit]

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Brooks Robinson won the award in 1966, the first of only two times a player from the losing team has won the award.
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Garret Anderson won the award in 2003, the first year it was presented as the "Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award".
Brian McCann won the award in 2010.
Key
Year Links to the article about the corresponding Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Player (X) Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
^ Denotes player who is still active
* Denotes year in which the award was shared
Year Player Team League Position
1962[a] Wills, MauryMaury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers National SS
1962[a] Wagner, LeonLeon Wagner Los Angeles Angels American LF
1963 Mays, WillieWillie Maysdagger San Francisco Giants National CF
1964 Callison, JohnnyJohnny Callison Philadelphia Phillies National RF
1965 Marichal, JuanJuan Marichaldagger San Francisco Giants National P
1966 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles American 3B
1967 Perez, TonyTony Perezdagger Cincinnati Reds National 3B
1968 Mays, WillieWillie Maysdagger (2) San Francisco Giants National CF
1969 McCovey, WillieWillie McCoveydagger San Francisco Giants National 1B
1970 Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemskidagger Boston Red Sox American CF/1B
1971 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles American RF
1972 Morgan, JoeJoe Morgandagger Cincinnati Reds National 2B
1973 Bonds, BobbyBobby Bonds San Francisco Giants National RF
1974 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers National 1B
1975*[b] Madlock, BillBill Madlock Chicago Cubs National 3B
1975*[b] Matlack, JonJon Matlack New York Mets National P
1976 Foster, GeorgeGeorge Foster Cincinnati Reds National LF
1977 Sutton, DonDon Suttondagger Los Angeles Dodgers National P
1978 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey (2) Los Angeles Dodgers National 1B
1979 Parker, DaveDave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates National RF
1980 Griffey, Sr., KenKen Griffey, Sr. Cincinnati Reds National RF
1981 Carter, GaryGary Carterdagger Montreal Expos National C
1982 Concepción, DaveDave Concepción Cincinnati Reds National SS
1983 Lynn, FredFred Lynn California Angels American CF
1984 Carter, GaryGary Carterdagger (2) Montreal Expos National C
1985 Hoyt, LaMarrLaMarr Hoyt San Diego Padres National P
1986 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens Boston Red Sox American P
1987 Raines, TimTim Raines Montreal Expos National LF
1988 Steinbach, TerryTerry Steinbach Oakland Athletics American C
1989 Jackson, BoBo Jackson Kansas City Royals American LF
1990 Franco, JulioJulio Franco Texas Rangers American 2B
1991 Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr.dagger Baltimore Orioles American SS
1992 Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners American CF
1993 Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckettdagger Minnesota Twins American CF
1994 McGriff, FredFred McGriff Atlanta Braves National 1B
1995 Conine, JeffJeff Conine Florida Marlins National LF
1996 Piazza, MikeMike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers National C
1997 Alomar, Jr., SandySandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland Indians American C
1998 Alomar, RobertoRoberto Alomardagger Baltimore Orioles American 2B
1999 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Boston Red Sox American P
2000 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter^ New York Yankees American SS
2001 Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr.dagger (2) Baltimore Orioles American SS/3B[c]
2002[d]
2003 Anderson, GarretGarret Anderson Anaheim Angels American LF
2004 Soriano, AlfonsoAlfonso Soriano^ Texas Rangers American LF
2005 Tejada, MiguelMiguel Tejada^ Baltimore Orioles American SS
2006 Young, MichaelMichael Young^ Texas Rangers American SS
2007 Suzuki, IchiroIchiro Suzuki^ Seattle Mariners American CF
2008 Drew, J. D.J. D. Drew Boston Red Sox American RF
2009 Crawford, CarlCarl Crawford^ Tampa Bay Rays American LF
2010 McCann, BrianBrian McCann^ Atlanta Braves National C
2011 Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder^ Milwaukee Brewers National 1B
2012 Cabrera, MelkyMelky Cabrera^ San Francisco Giants National CF
2013 Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera New York Yankees American P

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Two All-Star games were played in 1962.[1]
  2. ^ a b The 1975 award was shared by two players.[3]
  3. ^ Ripken was elected as an American League All-Star at third base in 2001 but had spent the vast majority of his career at shortstop. Ripken had announced earlier that year that he would retire and Alex Rodriguez, the American League's starting shortstop, switched fielding positions with Ripken in the first inning as homage.[8]
  4. ^ A winner was not chosen in 2002, when the game ended in a tie.[2] Fox broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver stated if the National League won, then Damian Miller would be named MVP. Meanwhile, if the American League won, then Paul Konerko would be named.

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References[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "All Star Game Most Valuable Player Award". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b Adam McCalvy (2002-07-09). "All-Star Game finishes in tie". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b "1975 All-Star Game Box Score". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Jul 12, 1966, AL All-Stars at NL All-Stars Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Jul 14, 1970, AL All-Stars at NL All-Stars Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Ken Griffey Sr." and "Ken Griffey Jr.". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  7. ^ "Roberto Alomar" and "Sandy Alomar, Jr.". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  8. ^ Anthony McCarron (2008-07-14). "Alex Rodriguez fondly recalls 2001 All-Star tribute to Cal Ripken Jr.". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-08-31.