2012 All-Star Game

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The 2012 All-Star Game was played on July 10th, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the 83rd All-Star Game between the two major leagues.

There was some question initially about whether Tony LaRussa would manage the National League squad, given his retirement following the St. Louis Cardinals win in the 2011 World Series, but on January 24th, Commissioner Bud Selig confirmed that LaRussa would be given the opportunity. There was a precedent for this decision, with John McGraw managing the NL team in the first Midsummer Classic in 1933, a year after retiring following the 1932 World Series.

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, off to a tremendous start with the bat, shattered the record set the previous year by Jose Bautista for most votes received from fans: he ended up with over 11 million votes, while Bautista had received a little under 7.5 million votes the previous year. Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants set the National League record, held since last year by Ryan Braun, with 7.6 million votes (Braun had received 5.9 million).

When Prince Fielder was voted in, he and his father Cecil Fielder became the first father-son combination to represent the same team in the All-Star Game for the American League. In the NL, Felipe Alou/Moises Alou and Bobby Bonds/Barry Bonds had been All-Stars for the Giants while Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. had done it for the Reds.

The Teams[edit]

National League[edit]

Tony LaRussa former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals managed the National League team, with coaches Ron Roenicke of the Milwaukee Brewers and Terry Collins of the New York Mets.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 2B
Carlos Beltran St. Louis Cardinals OF Starter
Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves OF Injury Replacement
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers OF
Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds OF
Melky Cabrera San Francisco Giants OF Starter
Matt Cain San Francisco Giants P Starting Pitcher
Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs SS
Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds P
Ian Desmond Washington Nationals SS Did not play
R.A. Dickey New York Mets P
David Freese St. Louis Cardinals 3B Final Man Vote
Rafael Furcal St. Louis Cardinals SS Starter
Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies OF
Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals P
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies P
Joel Hanrahan Pittsburgh Pirates P
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals OF Replaced Stanton
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 3B Replaced Kemp
Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers OF Starter Replaced because of injury
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers P
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves P
Bryan LaHair Chicago Cubs 1B
Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals P
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks P
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C
Jonathan Papelbon Philadelphia Phillies P
Buster Posey San Francisco Giants C Starter Top Vote-Getter in National League
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies C
Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants 3B Starter
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins OF Replaced because of injury
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals P
Huston Street San Diego Padres P
Dan Uggla Atlanta Braves 2B Starter
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds 1B Starter
David Wright New York Mets 3B

American League[edit]

Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers managed the American League team, with coaches Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers SS
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays OF Starter
Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers 3B Starter
Billy Butler Kansas City Royals DH
Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians SS
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3B
Robinson Cano New York Yankees 2B Starter
Ryan Cook Oakland Athletics P
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers P Final Man Vote
Adam Dunn Chicago White Sox DH Did not play
Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 1B Starter
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees OF Starter
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers OF Starter Top Vote-Getter
Matt Harrison Texas Rangers P
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners P
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Starter
Jim Johnson Baltimore Orioles P
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles OF
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers 2B
Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox 1B
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins C
Joe Nathan Texas Rangers P
Mike Napoli Texas Rangers C Starter
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Starter
Jake Peavy Chicago White Sox P Replaced Sabathia
Chris Perez Cleveland Indians P
David Price Tampa Bay Rays P
Fernando Rodney Tampa Bay Rays P
CC Sabathia New York Yankees P Replaced because of injury
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox P
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF
Mark Trumbo Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers P Starting pitcher
Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles C
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P

The Game[edit]

Giant American flag on the field before the game.

The National League won the 2012 All-Star Game, 8-0, with a superb pitching performance and an explosive first inning offense.

The AL turned to Tiger ace Justin Verlander, the defending AL MVP and the league leader in strikeouts. He began by whiffing Carlos González but then fell apart. Melky Cabrera singled to left and Ryan Braun, Verlander's MVP counterpart in the Senior Circuit, doubled in Cabrera. Verlander recovered to get Joey Votto looking a full-count strike 3 but walked Carlos Beltrán and Buster Posey to load the bags. Pablo Sandoval made him pay with a 3-run triple, then Dan Uggla singled in Sandoval to make it 5-0. That tied the All-Star Game record for runs in an inning.

Staked to a strong cushion, Matt Cain and ten relievers proceeded to whitewash the AL. The last time the National League had shut out the AL was in the 1996 All-Star Game. Chipper Jones was the only NL player to appear in both games; in his final All-Star plate appearance, Jones singled off Chris Sale (who was only 7 years old back in '96).

The only other scoring came in the 4th. Matt Harrison got a quick two outs but Rafael Furcal tripled, pinch-hitter Matt Holliday singled and Cabrera drilled a home run to left to win himself All-Star Game MVP honors.

The NL set a Midsummer Classic record with three triples - in addition to the ones by Sandoval and Furcal, Braun added one.

Starting Lineups[edit]

National League Batting
American League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Carlos González DH Colorado Rockies 1 Derek Jeter SS New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera CF San Francisco Giants 2 Robinson Canó 2B New York Yankees
Ryan Braun LF Milwaukee Brewers 3 Josh Hamilton LF Texas Rangers
Joey Votto 1B Cincinnati Reds 4 José Bautista CF Toronto Blue Jays
Carlos Beltrán RF St. Louis Cardinals 5 Prince Fielder 1B Detroit Tigers
Buster Posey C San Francisco Giants 6 Adrián Beltré 3B Texas Rangers
Pablo Sandoval 3B San Francisco Giants 7 David Ortiz DH Boston Red Sox
Dan Uggla 2B Atlanta Braves 8 Mike Napoli C Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Rafael Furcal SS St. Louis Cardinals 9 Curtis Granderson CF New York Yankees
Matt Cain P San Francisco Giants SP Justin Verlander P Detroit Tigers

Line Score[edit]

July 10, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium (40,933), night game - Baseball Reference scoresheet

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 5 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 10 0
American 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0


National: Matt Cain (W), Gio González, Stephen Strasburg, Clayton Kershaw, R.A. Dickey, Cole Hamels, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Wade Miley, Joel Hanrahan, Jonathan Papelbon
American: Justin Verlander (L), Joe Nathan, David Price, Matt Harrison, Jered Weaver, Chris Sale, Ryan Cook, Jim Johnson, Fernando Rodney

Home Runs

National: Melky Cabrera (4th)


HP: Gerry Davis, 1B: Jim Joyce, 2B: Brian Runge, 3B: Tony Randazzo, LF: Lance Barksdale, RF: Brian Knight

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