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MLB All Star Game Preview History

MLB All Star Game Preview History

 Kauffman Stadium
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Events Dates:
* Sunday, July 08: Futures & Legends Games
* Monday, July 09: Home Run Derby
* Tuesday, July 10: 83nd All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium

National League Starters
Buster Posey (C, Giants), Joey Votto (1B, Reds), Dan Uggla (2B, Braves), Pablo Sandoval (3B, Giants), Rafael Furcal (SS, Cardinals), Melky Cabrera (OF, Giants), Carlos Beltran (OF, Cardinals), Matt Kemp (OF, Dodgers).

American League Starters
Mike Napoli (C, Rangers), Prince Fielder (1B, Tigers), Robinson Cano (2B, Yankees), Adrian Beltre (3B, Rangers), Derek Jeter (SS, Yankees), Jose Bautista (OF, Blue Jays), Curtis Granderson (OF, Yankees), Josh Hamilton (OF, Rangers), David Ortiz (DH, Red Sox).

Chase Field
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Events Dates:
* Sunday, July 10: Futures & Legends Games
* Monday, July 11: Home Run Derby
* Tuesday, July 12: 82nd All-Star Game at Chase Field

National League Starters
Brian McCann (Atlanta), Prince Fielder (Milwaukee), Rickie Weeks (Milwaukee), Placido Polanco (Philadelphia), Jose Reyes (NY Mets), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Lance Berkman (St. Louis), Matt Kemp (LA Dodgers)

National League Pitchers
Heath Bell (San Diego), Matt Cain (San Francisco), Tyler Clippard (Washington), Cole Hamels (Philadelphia), Roy Halladay (Philadelphia), Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh), Jair Jurrjens (Atlanta), Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers), Cliff Lee (Philadelphia), Tim Lincecum (San Francisco), Jonny Venters (Atlanta), Ryan Vogelsong (San Francisco), Brian Wilson (San Francisco)

National League Reserves
Jay Bruce (Cincinnati), Carlos Beltran (NY Mets), Starlin Castro (Chi. Cubs), Matt Holliday (St. Louis), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Yadier Molina (St. Louis), Hunter Pence (Houston), Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati), Gaby Sanchez (Florida), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado), Joey Votto (Cincinnati), Justin Upton (Arizona)

American League Starters
Alex Avila (Detroit), Adrian Gonzalez (Boston), Robinson Cano (NY Yankees), Alex Rodriguez (NY Yankees), Derek Jeter (NY Yankees), Jose Bautista (Toronto), Curtis Granderson (NY Yankees), Josh Hamilton (Texas), David Ortiz (Boston)

American League Pitchers
Josh Beckett (Boston), Aaron Crow (Kansas City), Gio Gonzalez (Oakland), Felix Hernandez (Seattle), Brandon League (Seattle), Chris Perez (Cleveland), David Price (Tampa Bay), Mariano Rivera (NY Yankees), James Shields (Tampa Bay), Jose Valverde (Detroit), Justin Verlander (Detroit), Jered Weaver (LA Angels), C.J. Wilson (Texas)

American League Reserves
Adrian Beltre (Texas), Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Michael Cuddyer (Minnesota), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston), Matt Joyce (Tampa Bay), Howie Kendrick (LA Angels), Russell Martin (NY Yankees), Carlos Quentin (Chi. White Sox), Matt Wieters (Baltimore), Michael Young (Texas)

Major League Baseball 2011 All-Star Game Preview:
This year’s MLB season has been full of surprises, and this year’s All-Star Game at Arizona’s Chase Field has two rosters indicative of that. The lists of both the National and American league have numerous first-timers to go along with the bevvy of veterans who always seem to make it on the list. It’s going to be a scorching 2011 MLB All-Star Game, and we don’t mean because of the high temps in Phoenix.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ premiere slugger, Jose Bautista, was the top vote getter thanks to his high-homer output over the past two seasons (82 so far). He is one of the almost 60 percent of All-Stars who will only have one or two ASGs under their belt, but it may just be signaling a changing of the guard. For every Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera (two 12-time All-Stars), there are burgeoning stars like Bautista, the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto (a second-timer who won the National League MVP last year), and the Dodgers’ potential 40-40 man, Matt Kemp (in his surprisingly first ASG in 2011).

Stars are still important in an All Star Game, however, so this edition will be packed with the names we’ve grown to love (and in some cases, not). Along with Rivera and Jeter, the Yankees will start Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez, and have catcher Russell Martin on the reserve bench. Boston’s David Ortiz will be in his sixth, while former Padre Adrian Gonzalez will represent the Sox for the first time (but his fourth ASG overall).

Over in the National League, Milwaukee has a strong starting contingent, with Price Fielder (3 ASGs), Rickie Weeks (1) and Ryan Braun (4) all in the starting line-up. Both Philadelphia and San Francisco have three pitchers in the game—Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee for Philly; Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Brian Wilson for the Giants.

Busch Stadium
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Events Dates:
* Sunday, July 12: Futures & Legends Games
* Monday, July 13: Home Run Derby
* Tuesday, July 14: Baseball All-Star Game
The AL & NL rosters will be determined by voting in Spring/Summer 2009

The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is being played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The game will feature some of the best hitters in baseball; players like Jason Bay and Albert Pujols. The best MLB pitchers will also be on display in St. Louis; top hurlers like Zach Greinke, Roy Halladay and Johan Santana showing their stuff. The MLB All-star experience includes 3 days of excitement. Sunday, July 12th is the All Star Sunday featuring the Legends Game. That is followed by the Home Run Derby on Monday and the main attraction on Tuesday, the 2009 MLB All-Star Game.