2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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Date July 10, 2001
Venue Safeco Field
City Seattle, Washington
MVP Cal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)
Attendance 47,364
First pitch Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Ferguson Jenkins, Juan Marichal and Tony Pérez
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Charley Steiner and Dave Campbell

The 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 72nd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2001 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, home of the Seattle Mariners of the American League. The American League defeated the National League, 41. This was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 19th and final All-Star Game. It was also the final All-Star Game for San Diego Padres legendary right fielder Tony Gwynn.



Home PlateDana DeMuth
First BaseDale Scott
Second BaseJim Joyce
Third BaseJerry Layne
Left FieldRon Kulpa
Right FieldTony Randazzo

Starting lineups

National LeagueAmerican League
1Luis GonzalezDiamondbacksCF1Ichiro SuzukiMarinersCF
2Todd HeltonRockies1B2Alex RodriguezRangersSS-3B-SS
3Barry BondsGiantsLF3Manny RamírezRed SoxLF
4Sammy SosaCubsRF4Bret BooneMariners2B
5Larry WalkerRockiesDH5Juan GonzálezIndiansRF
6Mike PiazzaMetsC6John OlerudMariners1B
7Chipper JonesBraves3B7Edgar MartínezMarinersDH
8Jeff KentGiants2B8Cal Ripken, Jr.Orioles3B-SS-3B
9Rich AuriliaGiantsSS9Iván RodríguezRangersC
Randy JohnsonDiamondbacksPRoger ClemensYankeesP

Game summary

Tuesday, July 10, 2001 5:35 pm (PDT) at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington
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WP: Freddy García (1-0)   LP: Chan Ho Park (0-1)   Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)
Home runs:
NL: None
AL: Cal Ripken, Jr. (1), Magglio Ordóñez (1), Derek Jeter (1)

In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez elected to switch to third base so Cal Ripken, Jr. could play his original shortstop position, which the crowd applauded. The move allowed Ripken to set the record for most MLB All-star appearances at shortstop (15). Seattle's own Ichiro Suzuki gave his hometown fans something to cheer for early, when in the first, he singled off starter (and former Mariner) Randy Johnson, and then stole second. Randy Johnson stranded him at second to hold the AL scoreless in the first inning. Ripken followed this with a home run in the third inning, which also got a standing ovation, to put the AL up 10.

The AL scored one more run in the fifth when Iván Rodríguez singled home Jason Giambi to make it 20. Ryan Klesko hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one in the sixth, scoring Jeff Kent from third. In the sixth, with the score 21, Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordóñez hit back to back home runs off Jon Lieber to extend the AL's lead to 41.

That ended the scoring for the night. Mariner closer Kazuhiro Sasaki retired the side in order in the ninth to secure the win for the AL. Cal Ripken was awarded the game's MVP, becoming the fourth player ever to win two All-Star Game MVP awards.

Home Run Derby

Safeco Field, Seattle—N.L. 41, A.L. 25
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
Luis Gonzalez Diamondbacks55616
Sammy Sosa Cubs38213
Jason Giambi A's14620
Barry Bonds Giants7310
Bret Boone Mariners33
Todd Helton Rockies22
Alex Rodriguez Rangers22
Troy Glaus Angels00
Semifinals Finals
1 Jason Giambi 6
4 Sammy Sosa 8
4 Sammy Sosa 2
3 Luis Gonzalez 6
2 Barry Bonds 3
3 Luis Gonzalez 5


Footnotes and references

  1. Mccarron, Anthony (July 14, 2008). "Alex Rodriguez fondly recalls 2001 All-Star tribute to Cal Ripken Jr". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 31, 2009.
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