2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Mlb-asg-2016.svg
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
American League 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 8 1
Date July 12, 2016
Venue Petco Park
City San Diego, California
Managers
MVP Eric Hosmer (KC)
Attendance 42,386
First pitch Randy Jones
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the San Diego Padres and was played at Petco Park on July 12, 2016. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 4–2 to win home field advantage for the 2016 World Series.

The host city was announced on January 15, 2015 by then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. This was the third time the city of San Diego hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 1992.[1]

Eric Hosmer, an infielder for the Kansas City Royals, was named the 2016 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.[2]

Host selection[edit]

The Baltimore Orioles were also in line for hosting the game. Former Commissioner Bud Selig said that Baltimore was a prime candidate to host the event, but the Padres ended up with the game.[3] Petco Park opened in 2004 and hosted the 2006 World Baseball Classic championship round. Because National League parks had been selected to host four straight games from 2015–2018, skipping an American League park in 2016 & 2018 in the traditional alternating system,[4] the AL team was designated as the home team.

Fan balloting[edit]

Starters[edit]

Balloting for the 2016 All-Star Game starters began online April 24 and ended on June 30. The top vote-getters at each position (including the designated hitter for the American League) and the top three among outfielders, were named the starters for their respective leagues. The results were announced on July 5. Salvador Pérez was the leading vote-getter with 4,965,838 votes.[5]

Final roster spot[edit]

After the rosters are finalized, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 34th and final player of each roster. The online balloting was conducted from July 5 through July 8. The winners of the All-Star Final Vote were Michael Saunders of the American League's Toronto Blue Jays and Brandon Belt of the National League's San Francisco Giants.[6]

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Ian Kinsler Tigers 2B Brandon Belt Giants 1B
Evan Longoria Rays 3B Ryan Braun Brewers OF
Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 2B Jake Lamb Diamondbacks 3B
Michael Saunders Blue Jays OF Starling Marte Pirates OF
George Springer Astros OF Trevor Story Rockies SS

Rosters[edit]

  1. ^ Corey Kluber was named as the roster replacement for Marco Estrada due to injury.
  2. ^ Aledmys Díaz was named as the roster replacement for Matt Carpenter due to injury.
  3. ^ Bartolo Colón was named as the roster replacement for Madison Bumgarner due to Bumgarner starting on Sunday.
  4. ^ Max Scherzer was named as the roster replacement for Stephen Strasburg due to Strasburg just recently coming off of the DL.
  5. ^ Carlos González was named starter in place of Dexter Fowler due to injury.
  6. ^ Jay Bruce was named as the roster replacement for Dexter Fowler.
  7. ^ Marcell Ozuna was named starter in place of Yoenis Céspedes due to injury.
  8. ^ Starling Marte was named as the roster replacement for Yoenis Céspedes.
  9. ^ Drew Pomeranz was named as the roster replacement for Noah Syndergaard due to injury.
  10. ^ Aaron Sanchez was named as the roster replacement for Craig Kimbrel due to injury.
  11. ^ José Quintana was named as the roster replacement for Danny Salazar due to injury.
#: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).

Game summary[edit]

Pre-game ceremonies at Petco Park

The NL got off to a quick start against Chris Sale when Kris Bryant homered in the top of the first to give the NL a 1–0 lead. In the bottom of the second inning, the AL got to Johnny Cueto when Eric Hosmer homered to left to tie the game. Two batters later, Salvador Pérez hit a two-run shot to give the AL a 3–1 lead.

In the bottom of the third, after walking, David Ortiz was replaced by Edwin Encarnación and left the field to a standing ovation in his final all-star game. The AL would tack on another run in this inning when Hosmer hit an RBI single off José Fernández, driving in Encarnacion to give the AL a 4–1 lead. The NL shrunk the lead with an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna in the top of the fourth off Aaron Sanchez. However, this would be all the runs scored in the game, as the National League stranded 10 baserunners throughout the game.

In the top of the eighth, the NL loaded the bases, but could not capitalize when Aledmys Díaz struck out looking against Will Harris to end the frame. In the ninth, Zach Britton got Nolan Arenado to ground into a double play to secure the 4–2 victory for the American League.[7][8]

Starting lineup[edit]

National American
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Ben Zobrist Cubs 2B 1 José Altuve Astros 2B
2 Bryce Harper Nationals RF 2 Mike Trout Angels CF
3 Kris Bryant Cubs 3B 3 Manny Machado Orioles 3B
4 Wil Myers Padres DH 4 David Ortiz Red Sox DH
5 Buster Posey Giants C 5 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox SS
6 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 1B 6 Eric Hosmer Royals 1B
7 Marcell Ozuna Marlins CF 7 Mookie Betts Red Sox RF
8 Carlos González Rockies LF 8 Salvador Pérez Royals C
9 Addison Russell Cubs SS 9 Jackie Bradley Jr. Red Sox LF
  Johnny Cueto Giants P   Chris Sale White Sox P

Line score[edit]

July 12, 2016
Petco Park, San Diego[9]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National League 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
American League 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 8 1
Starting pitchers:
NL: Johnny Cueto
AL: Chris Sale
WP: Corey Kluber (1–0)   LP: Johnny Cueto (0–1)   Sv: Zach Britton (1)
Home runs:
NL: Kris Bryant (1)
AL: Eric Hosmer, Salvador Pérez (1)

Umpires: Home Plate – Mike Winters; First Base – Kerwin Danley; Second Base – Marty Foster; Third Base – Bill Welke; Left Field – Adrian Johnson; Right Field – Dan Bellino; Replay Official – Sam Holbrook [10]
Weather: Temperature: 72 °F (22 °C), clear; Wind: 9 mph from left to right
Time of Game: 3:05
Attendance: 42,386

Controversies[edit]

Prior to the game, The Tenors performed the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada". As in many previous years, the performance of the Canadian anthem was scheduled for a commercial break of the Fox broadcast in the U.S. prior to the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", but it was carried in Canada on Sportsnet.

During a solo, group member Remigio Pereira altered the lyrics to "O Canada", singing "We're all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great". The English lyric normally sung at that point is "With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free;" however the remainder of the lyrics sung were in keeping with the official bilingual (English-French) version. Later that evening, Pereira, a co-founder of the group, was denounced by the group as a "lone wolf", leading to an announcement that he would not be performing with The Tenors until further notice.[11][12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloom, Barry (January 15, 2015). "Padres' Petco Park selected to host '16 All-Star Game". MLB.com. Paradise Valley, Arizona: Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ Castrovince, Anthony. "Catalyst Hosmer captures All-Star Game MVP". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  3. ^ Connolly, Dan (January 15, 2015). "MLB officially awards 2016 All-Star Game to Padres, not Orioles". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "American League Will Be Home Team in 2016 All-Star Game". February 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (July 5, 2016). "All-Star rosters packed with dynamic talent". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Newman, Mark (July 8, 2016). "Belt, Saunders take Final Vote to All-Star Game". MLB.com. San Diego: Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Blum, Ronald (July 13, 2016). "MVP Hosmer, Perez lift AL to All-Star win, Series home field". Associated Press. San Diego: AP News. Associated Press. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ Cassavell, AJ (July 13, 2016). "Kan Diego: RoyALs power All-Star win". MLB.com. San Diego: Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ Gardner, Steve (July 13, 2016). "American League holds off National League to win All-Star Game". USA Today. San Diego: Gannett Company. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ "SDSU Alums to Umpire All-Star Game at Petco Park" (Press release). Times of San Diego. July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "'Lone wolf' Tenor Remigio Pereira apologizes for altering O Canada". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Canadian Press. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ Furdyk, Brent (July 14, 2016). "The Tenors 'shattered' by 'O Canada' controversy: 'It's been a living nightmare'". Global News. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tenor causes stir by working 'All Lives Matter' statement into 'O Canada' at All-Star Game". ESPN News Services. San Diego: ESPN Internet Ventures. Associated Press. July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 

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