5 Fun Facts to Know Ahead of tonight’s MLB All-Star Game
1. Since 1934, the managers of the game are the managers of the previous year’s league pennant winners and World Series clubs. The coaching staff for each team is selected by its manager. This honor is given to the manager, not the team, so it is possible that the All-Star manager could no longer be with the team with which he won. This happened in 2003, when Dusty Baker managed the National League team despite having moved from the National League champion San Francisco Giants to the Chicago Cubs.
2. The All-Star game roster size for each league was 18 in 1933, 20 in 1934, 25 in 1939, 30 in 1982, 32 in 2003, and 33 in 2009. Since 2010, there are 34 players on each league’s team roster.
3. On April 28, 2010, MLB announced several rules changes for future All-Star games, effective with the 2010 edition.
- Rosters were expanded by one extra position player, to a total of 34.
- The designated hitter will be used in all games, even in National League ballparks.
- Pitchers who start on the Sunday before the game break will be replaced on the roster, but will still be recognized as All-Stars.
Each manager may designate a position player who will be eligible for game re-entry if the last position player is injured or ejected. This is in addition to a rule that allows a player to re-enter to replace an injured or ejected catcher.
4. In 2010, Major League Baseball announced the designated hitter rule would apply for every All-Star Game; while the 2010 game was already to have the DH, the 2011 game was the first played in a National League park with a DH.
5. The longest All-Star Game, in terms of innings, lasted 15 innings, which has occurred twice: 1967 and 2008; the latter of which was the longest game, with a total time of 4 hours and 50 minutes.
So what else do you need to know for tonight? As Washington, D.C., hosts its first MLB All-Star
Game since 1969, and following Bryce Harper’s exciting Home Run Derby victory Monday night, the hometown fans get to see Max Scherzer take the mound as the National League starter. The game tonight is at 8:00 PM ET and will be aired on ESPN.
Things worth tuning in for…
- The Astros, Indians and Red Sox lead the way with five selections apiece, and the Braves lead the NL with four players. There are a combined 25 first-time selections between the two squads. (via MLB.com)
- This could be the last time Machado represents the American League. It’s rumored there is already a deal in place with the Dodgers or Phillies for his trade as soon as the game is over.
- Jose Altuve. Everyone loves him. Need proof? He received more All-Star votes than anyone else in baseball. (4,849,630)
The tickets? Not very expensive. If you happen to be in the D.C. area this evening and are looking to cross the MLB All-Star Game off your bucket-list or simply find something entertaining to do, Nationals Park is the place to be.
Bag Policy: If you bring a backpack or bag tonight to Nationals Park it cannot exceed 16″x 16″x 8″. All bags are subject to inspection.