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MLB Changes Include $1M Prize For Home Run Derby Winner

Mar 14, 2019 8:34 AM

A million-dollar prize for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented for this season as part of an agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA, according to sources.

Overall, the Derby will carry $2.5 million in prize money.

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Alex Bregman Wins ASG MVP After Go-Ahead Home Run In 10th

Jul 18, 2018 7:06 AM

Alex Bregman was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game after he hit a go-ahead home run for the American League in the 10th inning.

Bregman's home run was one of a record 10 in the game.

"There's a great love affair with both results. I mean, to kind of empty your tank and hit homers tonight at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," A.J. Hinch said. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run, especially when the big boys hit it and especially when the [Houston] Astros hit it."

The 24-year-old is a first-time All-Star in his third season.

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Aroldis Chapman To Skip All-Star Game

Jul 14, 2018 1:03 AM

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has pulled out of the All-Star Game, saying Friday it was a difficult decision but that he wants to rest because of left knee tendinitis.

"Definitely a tough decision," Chapman said through an interpreter. "It's an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game. Your peers vote for you, the managers, fans and all that. And anytime you have an opportunity like that, you want to participate.

"But at the end of the day, it was the smart decision for me to help me recover and get ready for the second half, one that's going to be very demanding and very exciting."

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Zack Greinke Replaces Jon Lester On All-Star Roster

Jul 13, 2018 6:49 AM

Zack Greinke will replace Jon Lester on the National League All-Star roster.

Lester is due to start for the Chicago Cubs on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday's All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.

This marks the fifth All-Star selection for Greinke, who has a 9-5 record with a 3.39 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 23 walks in 114 innings.

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Jesus Aguilar, Jean Segura Win All-Star Game Final Vote

Jul 12, 2018 7:48 AM

Jesus Aguilar and Jean Segura have been named to the All-Star Game via the Final Vote.

The Seattle Mariners shortstop and Milwaukee Brewers first baseman won the online fan votes for the final roster spots on the American League and National League teams, respectively.

"It was unbelievable," Segura said. "I can't believe all those people around the world, the fans, the marketing, the organization, the people in Seattle, my teammates, even Felix [Hernandez] yesterday going around the city trying to get some votes for me. It just feels amazing. It feels special. You come from another country and you see how the people support you around the world, it makes it even more special."

The 89th All-Star Game will be held Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington.

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Max Muncy Says He'll Participate In Home Run Derby

Jul 10, 2018 8:03 AM

Max Muncy says he'll take part in next week's Home Run Derby at Nationals Park in Washington.

The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger is also a candidate for the National League All-Star squad via the All-Star Final Vote.

Muncy, 27, leads the Dodgers with 20 homers and has hit one every 10 at-bats this season.

"I've always felt the power was there," he said last week. "It's just my swing wasn't built for hitting home runs before, whereas now, I feel like I get myself in a better position to use it."

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Buster Posey To Miss All-Star Game With Injured Hip

Jul 10, 2018 7:56 AM

Buster Posey will miss the All-Star Game because of a lingering right hip issue that needs an injection to calm the inflammation.

The San Francisco Giants catcher has been bothered by the hip on and off all season.

"It's an honor to be selected to the All-Star Game. It's not something you take for granted and it's a decision I didn't come to lightly," Posey said. "Making that decision with the training staff and the medical staff, I just felt like that was going to be in my best interest and hopefully the best interest for the team as well."

Yadier Molina will replace Posey on the National League roster.

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Chris Archer Calls Out Peers After Blake Snell's All-Star Snub

Jul 10, 2018 7:49 AM

Chris Archer went public with his displeasure following Blake Snell's omission from the American League All-Star roster, claiming players who vote for All-Stars "didn't do our due diligence."

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Archer said it was "a joke" that Snell, who has the best ERA in the AL, was not a unanimous All-Star selection.

"Something like that can't happen," Archer said. "He leads the league in ERA. That means he's given up the fewest amount of runs per nine innings out of any starting pitcher in the league. ... Players, coaches, managers -- we have to do a better job with the selection process so we can put the best talent out on the field for the fans in the Midsummer Classic.

"If you didn't have him on your ballot, I hope that next year you take it a little bit more serious and put in the due diligence, because this is important."

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All-Star Game Rosters Announced

Jul 8, 2018 7:34 PM

The American League's starting outfield for next week's All-Star Game certainly isn't lacking in star power with the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, New York's Aaron Judge and Boston's Mookie Betts getting the nod.

The Red Sox have a second starter in designated hitter J.D. Martinez.

The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs lead the National League's roster with two starters apiece.

First baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Nick Markakis, a first-time selection at 34, will be joined in the lineup by Cubs catcher Willson Contreras and second baseman Javier Baez.

The game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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Tim Tebow Named Eastern League All-Star

Jun 30, 2018 1:41 AM

Tim Tebow was named to the Eastern League All-Star roster Friday.

Tebow is an outfielder for the New York Mets' Double-A affiliate Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

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MLB Hoping Bryce Harper Will Participate In Home Run Derby
Major League Baseball is concerned about a depleted Home Run Derby field and would love for Bryce Harper to participate next month.

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Strasburg May Skip Future All-Star Games
Stephen Strasburg is sure a change in routine for last season's All-Star Game contributed to an arm injury.

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AL Beats NL In 10 Innings, Robinson Cano Named MVP
Robinson Cano hit a home run in the top of the 10th inning to give the American League a 2-1 victory over the National League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

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Aaron Judge Wins 2017 Home Run Derby
Aaron Judge answered the call on Monday night, winning the 2017 Home Run Derby on Monday night in Miami.

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Bryce Harper Wants To See Top Vote-Getters Pick All-Star Teams
Bryce Harper has an idea to make the Major League Baseball All-Star Game more exciting.

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Chris Sale, Max Scherzer To Start All-Star Game
Chris Sale and Max Scherzer will start for the American and National League, respectively, in Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

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Brent Honeywell Leads U.S. To Futures Game Victory
The United States defeated the World team 7-6 in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park.

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Seven All-Star Replacements Include Cano, Archer, Osuna
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood was added to the NL All-Star roster.

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Mike Moustakas, Justin Turner Win Final All-Star Spots
The final All-Star fan selections for next week's exhibition game were given to Mike Moustakas of the Royals and Justin Turner of the Dodgers.

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Clayton Kershaw Won't Pitch In All-Star Game
Clayton Kershaw will take his normal turn in the rotation for the Dodgers on Sunday, meaning he'll be ineligible to pitch in next Tuesday's All-Star Game.

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Logan Morrison: Gary Sanchez Doesn't Belong In Home Run Derby
Logan Morrison didn't get an invitation to next week's Home Run Derby and he isn't happy.

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Bryce Harper To Skip ASG Home Run Derby
Bryce Harper says there is "no chance" for him to participate in the Home Run Derby in Miami next week.

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Kenley Jansen Blames Dodger Fans For All-Star Vote
The Dodgers won't have any starters in the All-Star Game next week in Miami.

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2017 All-Star Starting Lineup / Roster Announced
The Nationals' Bryce Harper is MLB's Leading Vote-Getter for the 2017 All-Star Game.

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Giancarlo Stanton To Defend Home Run Derby Victory
Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby crown at his home ballpark next month.

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Eric Hosmer Takes Lead At First Base In AL All-Star Voting
Eric Hosmer has taken over the lead at first base in the latest American League All-Star voting returns.

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Cubs, Nationals Dominate Latest NL All-Star Returns
Zack Cosart of the Reds surpassed the Dodgers' Corey Seager for the lead at shortstop.

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Bryce Harper Leads NL In All-Star Voting
Major League Baseball released the first National League All-Star balloting results on Tuesday and Bryce Harper leads the league in voting.

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All-Star Game No Longer Decides Home-Field Advantage For World Series
The pennant winner with the better regular-season record will receive home-field advantage.

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MLB 'Looking Into' Big Papi Breaking Tampering Rules
After Tuesday night's All-Star Game, David Ortiz lobbied for the Red Sox to go after Jose Fernandez and Edwin Encarnacion.

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