2015 MLB All Star Game

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Date: July 14, 2015

Time: 8:00pm ET
TV Coverage: Fox Sports 1
Venue: Great American Ball Park
City: Cincinnati, Ohio

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the "Midsummer Classic", is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by a combination of fans, players, coaches, and managers. In this occasion, the game will be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds and played at Great American Ball Park. This will be the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988. The 2015 event will be the 86th edition of this MLB mayor league sports event.

Great American Ball Park is a baseball stadium located in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the home field of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). It opened in 2003, replacing Cinergy Field (formerly Riverfront Stadium), which had been their home field from June 1970 to 2002. The construction cost around $290 million. The very first game that was played after is completion was on March 31, 2003 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.

Below are some of the rules that will dominate the game this time. Some of them were placed back in 2003 and other ones were just modified. Those rules are:

  • The designated hitter becomes a permanent fixture of the game regardless of site.
  • Whereas fans will vote the starter in, as they have done in previous years when an American League city has hosted the game, the National League's manager will name their DH before the game.
  • The rosters of each league team has to increase to 34 players, replacing pitchers who have started a regular season game on the Sunday immediately before the game becoming ineligible to pitch in the game, and those pitchers will be replaced.
  • As with any player who is ineligible or unable to play, they will still be recognized as an All-Star.
  • The manager is now allowed to select one position player to re-enter a game in the event that the last available position player at any position is injured.

But a lot of baseball bettors feel that, the real fun of the All-star break, starts at Monday's MLB Home Run Derby. There is nothing better than watching mashers mash, and that's the whole point of the Derby. It should be epic. It also should be a lot of fun to bet on.

The Home Run Derby is an event played prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It is a contest among the top home run hitters in Major League Baseball to determine who can hit the most home runs. State Farm Insurance is the current sponsor for this event. Among former sponsors is Century 21 Real Estate and Service Merchandise. This year for the first time the MLB has decided for the first time to have league captains. The defending champion of last year's edition in Anaheim, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, is captain of the American League squad, while champion of the 2009 edition in St. Louis, Prince Fielder, is captain for the National League squad. The pair will pick any three players of their choice to participate in the derby. On July 7th, the 2015 rosters for this event will be announced, this will be a show that will be presented by Taco Bell televized on national television on TBS. The total amount of players will be 25 for the National League and 24 for the American League, some of these players will be selected by the dan votes that have already been casted.

Since 2005, a gold ball has been used once a player reaches nine outs. If a batter hit a home run using the golden ball, Century 21 Real Estate and Major League Baseball would donate $21,000 (a reference to the "21" in "Century 21") per home run to charity (MLB donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Century 21 donated to Easter Seals). In both 2005 and 2006, $294,000 was raised for the charities, equaling fourteen golden ball home runs per year. State Farm continued this in 2007 as they designated $17,000 per home run (one dollar for each of State Farm's agencies), to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In the 2007 event, fifteen golden balls were hit for a donation of $255,000, and ten ($170,000) were hit in the 2008 event. For 2009, State Farm added $5,000 for all non-Gold Ball homers, and $517,000 was collected.

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2015 MLB All-Star Week Schedule

Friday, July 10 to Tuesday, July 14
T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at the Duke Energy Convention Center
Sunday, July 12
All-Star Sunday at Great American Ball Park
SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
Monday, July 13
Gatorade All-Star Workout Day
MLB Players Batting Practice
Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8PM)
Tuesday, July 14
The 86th MLB All-Star Game
MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet
86th MLB All-Star Game (Live on FOX, 7:30PM)

Past All Star Winners

2015 NL 6, AL 3 Great American Ball Park Cincinnati, Ohio 43,656 Mike Trout
2014 AL 5, NL 3 Target Field Minneapolis, MN 41,048 Mike Trout
2013 AL 3, NL 0 Citi Field New York, NY 45,186 Mariano Rivera
2012 NL 8, AL 0 Kauffman Stadium Kansas City, MO 40,933 Melky Cabrera
2011 NL 5, AL 1 Chase Field Phoenix, AZ 47,994 Prince Fielder
2010 NL 3, AL 1 Angel Stadium of Anaheim Anaheim, CA 45,408 Brian McCann
2009 AL 4, NL 3 Busch Stadium St. Louis, MO 46,760 Carl Crawford

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