Triple-A All-Star Game

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Triple-A All-Star Game
2008 AAA All-Star Game.PNG
Logo for the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Varies (see prose)
Inaugurated 1988
Most recent July 16, 2014 (Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina, United States)
Previous event July 17, 2013 (Aces Ballpark, Reno, Nevada, United States)
Next event July 15, 2015 (Werner Park, Omaha, Nebraska, United States)
Participants Triple-A minor league baseball players
Organized by Triple-A Baseball
Website
Official website

The Triple-A All-Star Game is an annual baseball game sanctioned by Minor League Baseball between professional players from the two Triple-A leagues in minor league baseball—the International League (IL) and the Pacific Coast League (PCL). Each league fields a team composed of players in their respective leagues as voted on by fans, the media, and each club's field manager and general manager.[1] The event has taken place every year since 1988 when the first Triple-A All-Star Game was played in Buffalo, New York. Prior to 1998, a team of American League-affiliated Triple-A All-Stars faced off against a team of National League-affiliated Triple-A All-Stars.

Traditionally, the game has taken place on the day after the mid-summer Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[2] The game is meant to mark a symbolic halfway-point in the season (though not the mathematical halfway-point which, for most seasons, is usually one month prior). Both Triple-A leagues share a common All-Star break, with no regular-season games scheduled for two days before the All-Star Game itself. Some additional events, such as the All-Star Fan Fest and Triple-A Home Run Derby, take place each year close to and during this break in the regular season.[3] The 2015 event will be played on July 15, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska, at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL).[2]

History[edit]

The Triple-A All-Star Game has been played every season since 1988.[4] At the time, there were three Triple-A leagues in the United States: the American Association, International League, and Pacific Coast League. Due to the odd number of leagues, it was decided that one team would be made up of All-Stars from American League affiliates and the other of National League affiliates.[4] The American Association ceased operations after the 1997 season. So in 1998, the teams were reorganized so that one team consisted of International League All-Stars and the other of Pacific Coast League All-Stars.[5]

The game itself consists of a single nine-inning game to determine a champion. The only All-Star game to ever go beyond the proscribed nine innings was the 2004 game held in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, at McCoy Stadium.[6] Triple-A rules restricted the game from going beyond 10 innings, but the International League scored in the bottom of the tenth inning, avoiding a tie game as the result.[6] The league in which the host city competes is considered the home team for the game and the other team is designated the visiting team. Players wear their respective team uniforms. Players on the home team wear their club's white home uniforms, while players on the away team wear their club's gray road uniforms.

Since 2006, the league that wins the All-Star Game has also earned the distinction of having its league champion (determined at the end of the season) being given home team status for the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game, a Triple-A championship game held between the IL and PCL in the post-season.[7]

Results[edit]

1988–1997: American League vs. National League[edit]

Year Winning team
(All-time record)
Score City Ballpark Host team Attendance AA MVP IL MVP PCL MVP Ref.
1988 American League
(1–0 AL)
2–1 Buffalo, New York Pilot Field Buffalo Bisons (AA) 19,500 Snider, VanVan Snider
(Nashville Sounds)
Dave Griffith
(Richmond Braves)
Jurak, EdEd Jurak
(Tacoma Tigers)
[4][8]
1989 National League
(1–1 NL)
8–3 Columbus, Ohio Cooper Stadium Columbus Clippers (IL) 14,131 Coolbaugh, ScottScott Coolbaugh
(Oklahoma City 89ers)
Lemke, MarkMark Lemke
(Richmond Braves)
Drees, TomTom Drees
(Vancouver Canadians)
[4]
1990 National League
(2–1 NL)
8–5 Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field Las Vegas Stars (PCL) 10,323 González, JuanJuan González
(Oklahoma City 89ers)
Sojo, LuisLuis Sojo
(Syracuse Chiefs)
Williams, EddieEddie Williams
(Las Vegas Stars)
[4]
1991 National League
(3–1 NL)
6–5 Louisville, Kentucky Cardinal Stadium Louisville Redbirds (AA) 20,725 Olander, JimJim Olander
(Denver Zephyrs)
Scarsone, SteveSteve Scarsone
(Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons)
Cooper, GaryGary Cooper
(Tucson Toros)
[4]
1992 American League
(2–3 AL)
2–1 Richmond, Virginia The Diamond Richmond Braves (IL) 12,186 Tatum, JimJim Tatum
(Denver Zephyrs)
Militello, SamSam Militello
(Columbus Clippers)
Salmon, TimTim Salmon
(Edmonton Trappers)
[4]
1993 National League
(4–2 NL)
14–3 Albuquerque, New Mexico Albuquerque Sports Stadium Albuquerque Dukes (PCL) 10,541 Smith, RoyRoy Smith
(Buffalo Bisons)
Klesko, RyanRyan Klesko
(Richmond Braves)
Ashley, BillyBilly Ashley
(Albuquerque Dukes)
[5]
1994 National League
(5–2 NL)
8–5 Nashville, Tennessee Herschel Greer Stadium Nashville Sounds (AA) 11,601 Durham, RayRay Durham
(Nashville Sounds)
Lopez, LuisLuis Lopez
(Richmond Braves)
Faries, PaulPaul Faries
(Phoenix Firebirds)
[5]
1995 American League
(3–5 AL)
9–0 Moosic, Pennsylvania Lackawanna County Stadium Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (IL) 10,965 Lopez, LuisLuis Lopez
(Buffalo Bisons)
Battle, HowardHoward Battle
(Syracuse Chiefs)
Ingram, RiccardoRiccardo Ingram
(Salt Lake Buzz)
[5]
1996 National League
(6–3 NL)
2–1 Salt Lake City, Utah Franklin Quest Field Salt Lake Buzz (PCL) 15,500 Fordyce, BrookBrook Fordyce
(Indianapolis Indians)
Flener, HuckHuck Flener
(Syracuse SkyChiefs)
Walker, ToddTodd Walker
(Salt Lake Buzz)
[5]
1997 American League
(4–6 AL)
5–3 Des Moines, Iowa Sec Taylor Stadium Iowa Cubs (AA) 11,183 Ordóñez, MagglioMagglio Ordóñez
(Nashville Sounds)
Catalanotto, FrankFrank Catalanotto
(Toledo Mudhens)
Minchey, NateNate Minchey
(Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
[5]
National League (6 wins) American League (4 wins)

1998–present: International League vs. Pacific Coast League[edit]

Year Winning team
(All-time record)
Score City Ballpark Host team Attendance IL MVP PCL MVP Other award(s) Ref.
1998 International League
(1–0 IL)
8–4 Norfolk, Virginia Harbor Park Norfolk Tides (IL) 11,049 Lowell, MikeMike Lowell
(Columbus Clippers)
Shumpert, TerryTerry Shumpert
(Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
[9]
1999 Pacific Coast League
(1–1 PCL)
9–5 Metairie, Louisiana Zephyr Field New Orleans Zephyrs (PCL) 8,895 Branyan, RussellRussell Branyan
(Buffalo Bisons)
Ward, DaryleDaryle Ward
(New Orleans Zephyrs)
[9]
2000 Pacific Coast League
(2–1 PCL)
8–2 Rochester, New York Frontier Field Rochester Red Wings (IL) 12,810 Javier De La Hoya
(Rochester Red Wings)
Vitiello, JoeJoe Vitiello
(Las Vegas Stars)
Player of the Game:
Joe Vitiello (PCL - Las Vegas Stars)
Pitcher of the Game:
Javier De La Hoya (IL - Rochester Red Wings)
[9][8]
2001 Pacific Coast League
(3–1 PCL)
9–5 Indianapolis, Indiana Victory Field Indianapolis Indians (IL) 15,868 Dunn, AdamAdam Dunn
(Louisville Riverbats)
Juan Thomas
(Tacoma Rainiers)
Player of the Game:
Adam Dunn (IL - Louisville Riverbats)
Pitcher of the Game:
Rubén Quevedo (PCL - Iowa Cubs)
[9][8]
2002 Pacific Coast League
(4–1 PCL)
5–0 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma SBC Bricktown Ballpark Oklahoma RedHawks (PCL) 11,343 Linton, DougDoug Linton
(Richmond Braves)
Cust, JackJack Cust
(Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
Player of the Game:
Jack Cust (PCL - Colorado Springs Sky Sox)
Pitcher of the Game:
Aaron Myette (PCL - Oklahoma RedHawks)
[9][8]
2003 International League
(2–4 IL)
13–9 Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park Memphis Redbirds (PCL) 15,214 Estrada, JohnnyJohnny Estrada
(Richmond Braves)
Jones, JasonJason Jones
(Oklahoma RedHawks)
Player of the Game:
Johnny Estrada (IL - Richmond Braves)
Pitcher of the Game:
Sam Marsonek (IL - Columbus Clippers)
[6][8]
2004 International League
(3–4 IL)
4–3
(10 inn.)
Pawtucket, Rhode Island McCoy Stadium Pawtucket Red Sox (IL) 11,192 Cummings, MidreMidre Cummings
(Durham Bulls)
Haren, DanDan Haren
(Memphis Redbirds)
Most Valuable Player:
Andy Phillips (IL - Columbus Clippers)
[6][8]
2005 Pacific Coast League
(5–3 PCL)
11–5 Sacramento, California Raley Field Sacramento River Cats (PCL) 14,414 Encarnación, EdwinEdwin Encarnación
(Louisville Bats)
Laird, GeraldGerald Laird
(Oklahoma RedHawks)
Most Valuable Player:
Gerald Laird (PCL - Oklahoma RedHawks)
[6][8]
2006 International League
(4–5 IL)
6–0 Toledo, Ohio Fifth Third Field Toledo Mud Hens (IL) 11,300 Witt, KevinKevin Witt
(Durham Bulls)
Hill, RichRich Hill
(Iowa Cubs)
Most Valuable Player:
Kevin Witt (IL - Durham Bulls)
[6][8]
2007 International League
(5–5 IL)
7–5 Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park Albuquerque Isotopes (PCL) 12,367 Pérez, TimoTimo Pérez
(Toledo Mud Hens)
Pascucci, ValentinoValentino Pascucci
(Albuquerque Isotopes)
Most Valuable Player:
Timo Pérez (IL - Toledo Mud Hens)
[6][8]
2008 Pacific Coast League
(6–5 PCL)
6–5 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field Louisville Bats (IL) 13,131 McCutchen, AndrewAndrew McCutchen
(Indianapolis Indians)
Brown, MatthewMatthew Brown
(Salt Lake Bees)
Most Valuable Pitcher:
David Purcey (IL - Syracuse Chiefs)
[10][8]
2009 International League
(6–6 IL)
6–5 Portland, Oregon PGE Park Portland Beavers (PCL) 16,637 Kratz, ErikErik Kratz
(Indianapolis Indians)
Germán, EstebanEsteban Germán
(Oklahoma City RedHawks)
[10]
2010 International League
(7–6 IL)
2–1 Allentown, Pennsylvania Coca-Cola Park Lehigh Valley IronPigs (IL) 10,000 Lambin, ChaseChase Lambin
(Syracuse Chiefs)
Diamond, ThomasThomas Diamond
(Iowa Cubs)
[10]
2011 International League
(8–6 IL)
3–0 Salt Lake City, Utah Spring Mobile Ballpark Salt Lake Bees (PCL) 12,439 Canzler, RussRuss Canzler
(Durham Bulls)
Cooper, DavidDavid Cooper
(Las Vegas 51s)
[10]
2012 Pacific Coast League
(7–8 PCL)
3–0 Buffalo, New York Coca-Cola Field Buffalo Bisons (IL) 18,025 Harvey, MattMatt Harvey
(Buffalo Bisons)
Myers, WilWil Myers
(Omaha Storm Chasers)
[10]
2013 International League
(9–7 IL)
4–3 Reno, Nevada Aces Ballpark Reno Aces (PCL) 10,135 Sanchez, TonyTony Sanchez
(Indianapolis Indians)
Wacha, MichaelMichael Wacha
(Memphis Redbirds)
[11]
2014 International League
(10–7 IL)
7–3 Durham, North Carolina Durham Bulls Athletic Park Durham Bulls (IL) 10,274 Hendriks, LiamLiam Hendriks
(Buffalo Bisons)
Taylor, ChrisChris Taylor
(Tacoma Rainers)
[11]
International League (10 wins) Pacific Coast League (7 wins)

Awards[edit]

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards at the Triple-A All-Star Game have gone by various names. From the inaugural 1988 contest through 1997, one player from each Triple-A league was selected for the SportsTicker "Star of Stars" Award. For 2004, this award was renamed the TSN "Star of the Game" Award. Since 2005, it has been known as the MiLB.com "Top Star" Award.[8]

From 2000 to 2003, two players were honored as the Maurice Lacroix/Lou Gehrig Players of the Game—one as "Player of the Game" and one as "Pitcher of the Game". In 2004, one player was selected as the "Dodge Most Valuable Player". From 2005 to 2007, this award has given out as the Bank of America Most Valuable Player Award. The Bank of America Most Valuable Pitcher Award was given in 2008.[8]

The team with the most MVP winners (excluding additional awards from 2000 to 2008) is the International League's Richmond Braves with six MVPs. The IL's Buffalo Bisons and Pacific Coast League's Oklahoma City RedHawks are tied for second place with five MVPs. The only player to win more than one regular MVP award is Luis Lopez who won in 1994 with the IL's Richmond Braves and in 1995 with the IL's Buffalo Bisons.[8]

Notable All-Stars[edit]

Sandy Alomar, Jr. (shown) and Ramón Martínez were the first two Triple-A All-Star participants to play in a Major League All-Star Game.[12]

Of the more than 1,000 players named as Triple-A All-Stars, 89 have gone on to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[12] These players are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
In-line citations
  1. ^ Wild, Danny (May 30, 2014). "Voting begins for Triple-A All-Star Game". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Omaha Storm Chasers and Werner Park to Host 2015 Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game". Omaha Storm Chasers. Minor League Baseball. March 5, 2014. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Durham Lands 2014 Triple-A ASG". Minor League Baseball. February 20, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (1988–1992)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (1993–1997)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (2003–2007)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bricktown Showdown To Determine Triple-A Baseball Champion". Triple-A Baseball. July 12, 2006. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Triple-A All-Star Game Records". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (1998–2002)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (2008–2012)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Triple-A All-Star Game Results (2013–present)". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Triple-A All-Star Game - Participants". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 

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