The MLB All-Star Game is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer. Here’s everything you need to know about the game, including when it is, how to watch, and more.
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When is the MLB All-Star Game?
The MLB All-Star Game is an annual baseball game that is usually played in July and determines which team will represent the league in the World Series. The American League (AL) All-Stars take on the National League (NL) All-Stars, and the game is usually held at a different ballpark each year.
The date of the MLB All-Star Game changes every year, so be sure to check the schedule in advance. In 2019, the game will be played on Tuesday, July 9th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2020 MLB All-Star Game will be hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
How to watch the MLB All-Star Game?
The 87th MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 8 p.m. EDT at Petco Park in San Diego, California. It will be televised nationally on Fox.
How to watch the MLB All-Star Game?
The MLB All-Star Game will air on Tuesday, July 12th at 8 p.m. EDT on FOX.
What is the history of the MLB All-Star Game?
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the “Midsummer Classic”, is an annual professional baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball (MLB) contested between the All-Stars from the American League (AL) and National League (NL), currently selected by fan voting for starters, and the winner of the Home Run Derby. The event has been held annually since July 6, 1933, with exceptions in 1942–45 (due to World War II travel restrictions), 1951 (two games were played), and 1995 (due to the cancellation of that year’s season following the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike). The All-Star Game usually occurs in late July or early August and marks the symbolic halfway point in baseball’s regular season.
The format of the game has changed several times throughout its history but currently consists of eleven innings, with each team batting one time through its entire lineup before both teams have a chance to play defense. Players start each half-inning on defense at different bases, switching positions after every out or every second hit. Outfielders may roam far beyond their usual defensive positions but must stay within roughly defined territory guidelines. In most cases when an outfielder leaves his assigned position he is required to return before any pitch is thrown from home plate towards center field. Previously, teams have used a designated hitter for each team when one team’s pitchers had to bat against the other.
In past years players who were voted into starting roles would also be given first opportunity to be chosen as a replacement for any player unable to take their spot on the field due to injury. This caused some controversy as both fans and players alike felt that it was unfair that those who were voted in as starters could not be removed from their position even if they were injured or underperforming during the game itself. The rule was later changed so that only those who started the game could not be replaced, meaning that anyone could come into the game at any time regardless of whether or not they started. Another controversial aspect of All-Star voting used to be that players were elected without regard to which side of baseball’s great divide—the American League or National League—they played for. In 1961 MLB created separate All-Star rosters for each league for the first time; fans would vote for their favorite AL and NL stars independently from then on.
Who are the current MLB All-Stars?
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual professional baseball game televised in the United States on FOX. The game features players from the American League (AL) and National League (NL), who are selected by fans for the starting lineup, as well as reserves and pitchers. The winner of the All-Star Game earns home field advantage for their respective league in the World Series.
The MLB All-Star Game was first held in 1933 to commemorate the opening of Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The first All-Star Game was held as part of the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois, at Comiskey Park and was initiated by Arch Ward, then sports editor for the Chicago Tribune. It was intended to be a one-time event, but its immense popularity led to it becoming an annual event.
Beginning in 1934, teams were selected by fan vote using paper ballots distributed at baseball stadiums. Two fans would be chosen randomly to represent each team and throw out ceremonial first pitches prior to the game. These “ballot boxes” were collected and tabulated by crews of workers at the Chicago Tribune. In 1945, fans attending the game voted via punch cards for their favorite players; this method continued until 1957. Between 1958 and 1961, fans voted on a “Player of the Year” award instead of an All-Star team; voters were asked to select their top player at each position regardless of league affiliation.
In 1962, fans began voting for position players again with all-star starters being announced prior to each game; reserve players were still selected by managers and coaches but they were only announced after each game. Starting in 1970, bothFan balloting ceased after a brief controversy involving George Brett in that year’s balloting; since 1971, managers and coaches have been responsible for filling out the rosters although fan input is still solicited through various means including online voting platforms such as MLB’s official website.
As of 2019, there are no longer separate games for each league; instead, all players play together in one game that determines home field advantage in the World Series.