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MLB All Star Game

The 2013 MLB All Star Game is going to take place at Citi Field on July 16. Playing in the home of the New York Mets, the players have to be careful to avoid injury or be sure to bring their team’s training staff with them just in case. All kidding aside, MLB All Star Game tickets are a chance to see the biggest names in the league take the field together in one of the most popular exhibitions in sports.

These names are chosen, the most part, by the fans. The fan ballot determines the starting position players. This is an incredible honor for both the fans and the players that are deemed good (or popular) enough to take the first at bats. The players are given a vote as well. They choose five starters, three relievers, and a backup player for each position. Finally, the manager of each squad fills out the roster, picking 9 players for the National League and 8 for the American League.

In 2013, there are a few players who can already be penciled in as starters. Over in the American League Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, and Josh Hamilton will be playing. In the National League, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton, and Yadier Molina are going to be a part of the starting batting order. Fans in New York are already beginning the campaign to insert Derek Jeter into the starting lineup and fans in the NL are wondering if Ryan Braun and his battered reputation are going to be given a fair chance to start.

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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.