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 MLB All Star Game 2015 in Cincinnati  

 The MLB All-Star Game which is also been referred to as the “Midsummer Classic” is the annual baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball and is between professional players from the National League or NL division and the American League or AL division.

     This year Cincinnati Reds are hosting the game for the first time since the 1988 Major League Baseball All-Star game was played at Riverfront Stadium.  This year it will be played at Great American Ball Park which is the home field of the Reds and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The field opened in 2003 and replaced Cinergy Field formerly Riverfront Stadium.

     You can find your All-Star tickets here! The park was chosen to host and an announcement was made by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on January 23, 2013 to be the field for the 2015 Major League All-Star Game.   This will be the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  Sports Editor Arch Wood thought up the then one-time event in 1933, but with the success the results are an annual event now with Ward’s contribution being recognized by Major League Baseball creating the “Arch Ward Trophy” that is given to the All-Star Game’s MVP each year. 

     The “home team” is the league in which the host franchise plays its games. To date only two Major League Baseball franchises have never hosted an All-Star Game: The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays.  However the Marlins are now scheduled to host the 2017 game following the opening of Marlins Park for the 2012 season.  Normally the managers of the game are managers of the previous year’s league pennant winners.  The teams consist of 33 players to each team roster who are selected by fan voting, eight pitchers (five starters and three relievers) and one back-up player.  Manager selection gets to choose 9NL players and 8 AL players, and a final vote of 1 player by fans from a list of five compiled by the manager of each league’s team and Commissioner’s Office.  Uniforms since the second game played have been the players respective team uniforms not a game specific uniform.  However, game-specific uniforms are made every year, but are not worn for the game itself they are worn during batting practice and the Home Run Derby. 

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The first MLB All Star Game took place on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. This first great exhibition was part of the World’s Fair and was planned to be held just once. However, the concept proved so popular it would become an annual event, changing venues every year.  In fact, every other All-Star game in every other professional sports league in the world exists because of this first game, one the American League won 4-2.

The MLB tinkered with the details of this game, adjusting the process by which the players are chosen, the number of players on the roster, the number of games, and the consequences for the outcome of the game. In its current form, the roster is determined by fan vote, player vote, and manager selection. This has been adopted to try and minimize ballot stuffing that favors players from teams in larger metropolises and manager bias.

The expansion of the league and the general attempt to create a more inclusive experience has expanded the roster to 34 players. This puts whoever is managing in a difficult position, with the expectation of giving every player time to play conflicting with the desire to win. For a brief time in the early 1960s there were two games played a year so any snubs (either due to voting or to in-game managing), but for the most part there has only been one game. That one game has not mattered much historically, but now the winning league is granted home-field advantage in the World Series. This, as can be imagined, has intensified the conflict mentioned previously.

As it is right now, the National League leads the exhibition series 43-38-2. Each league has had its runs. The NL went 33-8-1 from 1950 to 1987 and the AL went 12-0-1 from 1997 to 2009. Since the MLB All-Star Game has determined home-field advantage in the Fall Classic, the National League has become dominant. Still, the American League could easily take back the momentum and tie this series with one brief run.