2017 MLB All-Star Game: 13 things to know about a AL’s additional innings win

MIAMI — It took a small longer than expected, yet a American League has once again claimed joining supremacy with an All-Star Game win.

Tuesday night during Marlins Park, a AL degraded a NL (AL 2, NL 1) in 10 innings in a 88th annual All-Star Game. This was a initial All-Star Game to go to additional innings given 2008 and a 11th to go to additional innings overall. The AL has now won any of a final 5 All-Star Games.

Here are 13 things to know about a 2017 All-Star Game.

Latin American legends were respected before All-Star Game

Prior to a start of a All-Star Game, Latin American round legends were respected during an on-field ceremony. Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martinez, Tony Perez, and Ivan Rodriguez were all in assemblage — Rodriguez, who was partial of a 2003 World Series champion
Miami Marlins
, perceived a outrageous acclaim — and a late Hall of Famer Robert Clemente was represented by his mother Vera Clemente.

Here’s video of a unequivocally stately pregame ceremony:

Well done, Marlins and MLB.

Scherzer was shrill and proud

Max Scherzer
, a starting pitcher for a NL, is a conflicting animal. He’s a unequivocally heated competitor, even in a low pivotal and radically incomprehensible diversion like a All-Star Game. He was vouchsafing out unequivocally shrill grunts during his inning of work. Listen to this:

Grunting has been in Scherzer’s repertoire for years now, so what we saw listened during a All-Star Game was not new. The strategically placed margin mics did move us closer to a grunting than ever before though.

Scherzer struck out dual in his scoreless inning.

Sale was unequivocally vouchsafing it go too

Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale
struck out dual in dual innings of work, and among his 28 pitches was a 99.8 mph fastball, per Trackman. That is a fastest representation Sale has thrown in any diversion given approach behind in 2010, when he strike 100.1 mph with a fastball. Sale was a reliever that year. Here are his fastest pitches by season:

  • 2017: 99.2 mph unchanging deteriorate and 99.8 mph in a All-Star Game
  • 2016: 99.3 mph
  • 2015: 99.4 mph
  • 2014: 98.6 mph
  • 2013: 98.9 mph
  • 2012: 98.6 mph
  • 2011: 99.2 mph
  • 2010: 100.1 mph (as reliever)

Obviously adrenaline played a partial in Sale throwing his fastest representation in 7 years Tuesday night. He was unequivocally slicing it loose, generally in a initial inning.

Harper’s stately hair was on full display

In a second inning
Bryce Harper
finished a illusory diving locate to sack
Salvador Perez
of a bottom hit. Check it out:

The locate was great. The hair flip was better.

Ohio snapped out of a slump

A span of initial time All-Stars came by for a state of Ohio in a All-Star Game. First,
Jose Ramirez
rapped singles to right margin in his initial dual at-bats, and he stole a base. He’s a initial
Cleveland Indians
actor with mixed hits in a All-Star Game in some-more than dual decades.

An inning after Ramirez’s second singular and stolen base,
Zack Cozart
became a initial
Cincinnati Reds
actor to record a strike in a Midsummer Classic in 7 years.

The final Red with a strike in a All-Star Game?
Scott Rolen
! Didn’t see that coming. we figured
Joey Votto
Brandon Phillips
. Maybe
Jay Bruce
. Nope. Scott Rolen.

Mookie finished a defensive play of a game

Mookie Betts
plays right margin for a Red Sox yet he started in core margin in place of a harmed
Mike Trout
in a All-Star Game. In a fourth inning he finished a good chuck to get
Nolan Arenado
perplexing to allege to second bottom on a low fly ball. Check it out:

Arenado is a large male yet he isn’t slow. The chuck from Betts was clever and accurate. Right on a bag. Arenado was out by a mile.

The Freeze lost!

Nigel Talton, aka The Freeze, finished a outing from SunTrust Park down to Miami for a All-Star Game. And, as usual, The Freeze raced a fan on a warning lane between innings. And, not as usual, The Freeze lost. To a movement footage:

An All-Star bid by a racing fan, that was.

Blackmon and LeMahieu stood for a teammate

During a All-Star Game, MLB and Fox stopped a diversion promote to Stand Up To Cancer. Everyone in a ballpark was given a poster to write a name of someone who has been stricken by cancer.

Outside a NL cave All-Stars
Charlie Blackmon
DJ LeMahieu
 stood for
Colorado Rockies
Chad Bettis
. Bettis has not pitched this deteriorate as he undergoes diagnosis for testicular cancer. Here’s a video and here’s a screengrab of Blackmon and LeMahieu with their Bettis signs:

Charlie Blackmon (l.) and D.J. LeMahieu stood adult for teammate Chad Bettis during a All-Star Game.
MLB.com screengrab

The good news is Bettis is doing good and has ramped adult his throwing. In fact, he’s scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment this week. Wonderful news. 

Cruz stopped for a print with Joe West

Behind a image for a All-Star Game was maestro referee Joe West, who recently worked his 5,000th big-league game. Country Joe is famous for carrying what we’ll call an unsuitable strike zone. Inconsistent is a good word for it.

In a sixth inning 
Nelson Cruz
pinch-hit for a AL, and before his at-bat he pulled out his phone and took a print with West.
Yadier Molina
gave them a palm and snapped a photo. Check it out:

Cruz crushed a fly round to a warning lane that at-bat. It would have been flattering overwhelming if he’d finished low after that.

Yadi continues All-Star Game dominance

The AL jumped out to a 1-0 lead in a fifth interjection to a
Jonathan Schoop
double down a line and a
Miguel Sano
bloop singular juuust inside a right margin tainted line. The NL tied a diversion in a sixth inning on Molina’s conflicting margin solo home run. He took
Ervin Santana
deep. To a movement footage:

At 34 years and 363 days, Molina is now a oldest catcher to go low in a All-Star Game. The prior record was hold by a Hall of Famer: Yogi Berra. Berra strike a home run during 34 years and 83 days in 1959.

Molina, whose bullion facade and chest guardian finished him demeanour like C3PO, has implausible numbers in a All-Star Game. Here’s where he stood following a home run:

Molina also drew a leadoff travel in a ninth inning to potentially start a convene for a NL, yet they couldn’t move him home. Alas. Yadi did his part.

Cano hits singular All-Star Game extra-innings home run

For a few mins there it looked like we competence be headed for a repeat of a 2002 All-Star Game, that infamously finished in a tie after a dual teams ran out of players.
Robinson Cano
finished certain there would be no tie with a go-ahead solo home run off
Wade Davis
into a NL bullpen in a tenth inning.

Here’s video of a game-winning home run, which of march warranted Cano a All-Star Game MVP award:

That male has such a flattering swing.

Cano’s home run was a initial additional innings home run in a All-Star Game in half-a-century. And as fitness would have it, a male who strike that home run was in a building Tuesday.

I adore this foolish diversion so much. 

The AL has evened a all-time series

With a AL’s win Tuesday night, a all-time All-Star Game array is evened adult during 43-43-2 apiece. The run differential? Zero. The AL has scored 361 runs and a NL has scored 361 runs. Crazy. The AL has won 17 of a final 21 All-Star Games to even adult a all-time series, so they were approach behind during one point. Not anymore though.

Remember, this one doesn’t count.

Thankfully, a All-Star Game no longer decides home-field advantage in a World Series. MLB and a MLBPA concluded to discharge that order as partial of a latest common negotiate agreement. Each actor on a winning team, a AL, perceived a $20,000 bonus. That was their motivation. That and bragging rights. Home-field advantage in a World Series will now be motionless by any team’s unchanging deteriorate record, as it should be.

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