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Mariners To 'Celebrate Entire Region' At 2023 All-Star Game

Sep 17, 2021 7:21 AM

Seattle was formally unveiled as the host of the 2023 All-Star Game on Thursday.

The announcement was made inside the Space Needle with Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez looking on.

Seattle's first All-Star Game was in 1979 at the Kingdome, and it hosted again 22 years later in 2001 at Safeco Field.

Twenty-two years later, the game will be back at what's now T-Mobile Park.

"I believe that the 2023 All-Star Game will give us the opportunity to celebrate the entire region," Mariners chairman John Stanton said. "I think you have to agree to me, looking out the window today, there is no nicer place in America than Seattle in the middle of summer."

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Mariners To Host 2023 MLB All-Star Game

Sep 14, 2021 4:38 PM

Seattle has been chosen to host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 2023, sources familiar with the decision told ESPN on Tuesday.

Plans to bring the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby back to T-Mobile Park, which last hosted it in 2001 when it was known as Safeco Field, are being finalized, according to sources.

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Shohei Ohtani 'Definitely' Wants To Return To Home Run Derby

Jul 14, 2021 9:17 AM

Shohei Ohtani says he wants to participate in another Home Run Derby.

Ohtani lost in a dramatic first-round matchup against Juan Soto on Monday night.

"I definitely want to participate again," Ohtani said. "But for that to happen, I need to have a good first half of that season."

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AL Defeats NL To Win Eighth Consecutive ASG

Jul 13, 2021 11:40 PM

The American League defeated the National League 5-2 to win the 2021 MLB All-Star.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was named the All-Star Game MVP, becoming the youngest player to win it at 22 years and 119 days. Guerrero's third-inning home run flew 468 feet, the longest home run in All-Star Game history since Statcast tracking began. 

The American League has won eight straight games. 

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Pete Alonso Wins 2021 Home Run Derby

Jul 13, 2021 5:56 PM

Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby for the second consecutive year after winning it in 2019.

“I’m a power hitter, and I think I’m the best power hitter on the planet,” he said. “Being able to showcase that and really put on a fun display for fans, it’s truly a dream come true for me, because when I was younger my parents let me stay up past my bedtime to watch this.”

Alonso will receive $1 million in prize money as well. Alonso made the $555,000 minimum as a rookie in 2019, and his salary now is just $676,775.

Alonso smashed 74 homers in all, and topped Mancini’s final-round 22 with 31 seconds to spare.

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Astros' Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa To Skip All-Star Game

Jul 9, 2021 9:13 AM

Houston Astros stars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have announced that they will not be attending the All-Star Game at Coors Field.

Both players were selected to the American League squad as reserves.

The Astros will still be represented by Michael Brantley and Ryan Pressly.

"Baseball is really important to me, but family will always come first," Correa said, adding that he's grateful for everyone who voted for him.

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Jacob deGrom Skipping All-Star Game

Jul 8, 2021 9:56 AM

Jacob deGrom will not be attending the All-Star Game at Coors Field.

The New York Mets right-hander will instead spend time with his family and rest for the second half.

"I've thought about it and obviously being named to an All-Star Game is a great honor but I'm just going to take that time and spend it with my family and get healthy for the second half," deGrom said.

deGrom, who was the first-place Mets' lone All-Star selection, lobbied for teammate Taijuan Walker to take his place in the game.

"He's 100% deserving to go," deGrom said of Walker, who is 7-3 with a 2.44 ERA in his first season with the Mets.

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Shohei Ohtani No. 1 Seed In Home Run Derby

Jul 8, 2021 9:53 AM

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will be the No. 1 seed in this year's Home Run Derby.

The eight-man Home Run Derby field was officially unveiled Wednesday night.

The rest of the field will be: Joey Gallo (No. 2 seed), Matt Olson (No. 3), Salvador Perez (No. 4), Pete Alonso (No. 5), Trey Mancini (No. 6), Trevor Story (No. 7) and Juan Soto (No. 8).

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Oakland's Matt Olson To Enter Home Run Derby

Jul 7, 2021 8:06 AM

Matt Olson is joining the All-Star Home Run Derby at Denver's Coors Field on July 12.

The Oakland Athletics first baseman began Tuesday with 20 home runs. He is a first-time All-Star this season and leads the A's in batting average (.283), home runs, RBIs (53) and hits (82).

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Shohei Ohtani Will Pitch, Hit In All-Star Game

Jul 6, 2021 9:31 AM

Shohei Ohtani plans to hit and pitch in next week's All-Star Game, according to Joe Maddon.

The Los Angeles Angels manager said he spoke to American League manager Kevin Cash about Ohtani doing both.

"The conclusion is that he will pitch, but how it's going to happen has not been concluded," Maddon said. "There's different ways to do it, obviously. He could start the game or come in game-in-progress."

This past weekend, Ohtani -- who leads the Major Leagues in homers -- became the first player in baseball history to be selected for an All-Star Game as both a hitter and a pitcher.

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2021 All-Star Game Starters Announced

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MLB Will Skip Sticky-Stuff Checks At All-Star Game

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Rockies' Trevor Story To Enter Home Run Derby

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Trey Mancini To Compete In Home Run Derby

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Astros Have MLB-Best Seven All-Star Finalists

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Gary Sanchez Will Skip Home Run Derby

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Shohei Ohtani Will Participate In Home Run Derby

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Open To Home Run Derby

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Joe Maddon OK If Shohei Ohtani Chooses To Hit, Pitch In ASG

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MLB Moves All-Star Game, Draft Over Georgia Anti-Voting Law

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Jose Abreu Tests Positive For COVID-19

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2021 MLB Draft Will Be Held During July's All-Star Events

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MLBPA: 'No Door Is Closed' For 2020 All-Star Game

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Shane Bieber Named ASG MVP As AL Tops NL
Shane Bieber was named the MVP of Tuesday night's All-Star Game as the American League edged the National League 4-3.

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Vlad Jr. Breaks Home Run Derby Records
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. lost to Pete Alonso in the final round of the Home Run Derby, but made history along the way.

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Pete Alonso Wins 2019 Home Run Derby
Pete Alonso bested Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. to win the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Monday night.

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Rangers Prospect Sam Huff Wins Futures Game MVP
Sam Huff hit a two-run, game-tying blast to the bleachers off Rockies prospect Ben Bowden in the seventh inning.

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Futures Game Showcases New Tiebreaker Rules
Both teams began their at-bats in the eighth with a runner at second, the same tiebreaking system already being used in the Minor Leagues.

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Christian Yelich Pulls Out Of HR Derby
Christian Yelich has pulled put of the Home Run Derby because of a back injury, and will be replaced the the A's Matt Chapman.

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Max Scherzer Out Of ASG With Back Injury
Max Scherzer still intends to represent the Nationals on the sideline in Cleveland.

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