What is the MLB All-Star Game?
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual professional baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball (MLB) and contested between players from the American League and the National League. It is held on the second Tuesday of July, and is usually played in the home stadium of the National League team. The game is meant to celebrate the greatest players in the sport, and to honor their achievements.
History of the All-Star Game
The first All-Star Game was held in 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. It was attended by over 49,000 fans and featured Hall of Famers such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Rogers Hornsby. Since then, the game has become an annual event, with the exception of 1945, when it was cancelled due to World War II. The All-Star Game has been held at various stadiums across the country, including Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, and Wrigley Field.
Format of the All-Star Game
The All-Star Game is a nine-inning affair, with the American League playing as the visiting team and the National League playing as the home team. Each team is allowed to bring a designated hitter, who may bat but does not play in the field. The winner of the game is determined by a combination of the score at the end of the nine innings and the winner of the Home Run Derby, which is held the day before the game.
MLB All-Star Game Events
In addition to the game itself, the All-Star Game festivities include the Futures Game, which features top prospects from each league, the Celebrity Softball Game, and the Home Run Derby. The Futures Game and the Celebrity Softball Game are held the day before the All-Star Game, while the Home Run Derby is held the day before the Futures Game.
MLB All-Star Game Voting
The All-Star Game rosters are determined by the fans, who vote for the players they believe are most deserving of the honor. Fans may cast their vote online, or via text message or a ballot distributed at MLB ballparks. The players with the most votes from each league are named starters for the All-Star Game, while the remaining players are selected by the All-Star managers.
MLB All-Star Game Awards
The Ted Williams Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is given to the player who is deemed to be the most valuable in the All-Star Game. The All-Star Game MVP is determined by a combination of fan voting and the judgment of the All-Star managers. The MVP is presented with a trophy and a Chevrolet vehicle.
When and Where is the MLB All-Star Game?
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 13 at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia. It will be the first time the All-Star Game has been held in Atlanta since 2000.
MLB All-Star Game TV and Streaming Coverage
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be televised nationally on Fox. It will also be available to stream through Fox Sports Go, the Fox Sports app, and MLB.tv.
MLB All-Star Game Ticket Information
Tickets for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game are available through the MLB website. Tickets can also be purchased through the Truist Park box office, or through various resellers.
MLB All-Star Game Celebrations
In addition to the game itself, the 2021 MLB All-Star Game festivities include a variety of events and activities, such as the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, the All-Star Concert Series, and the All-Star FanFest.
The 2021 MLB All-Star Game will be a celebration of the greatest players in the game. Fans from all over the world will gather in Atlanta to honor their favorite players and to witness the best players in the sport compete in the Midsummer Classic. Tune in on Tuesday, July 13 to watch the All-Star Game and all the festivities leading up to it.