All-Star Futures Game

All-Star Futures Game
Logo for the 2008 All-Star Futures Game
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Varies (see prose)
Inaugurated July 11, 1999, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Most recent July 15, 2018, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Previous event July 9, 2017, Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Participants Minor League Baseball players
Organized by Major League Baseball
Website Official website

The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB). Started in 1999, a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries in the world compete against each other. It is played as part of the festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Origins

The Futures Game was conceived by Jimmie Lee Solomon, an Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, looking for an event to showcase the minor leagues and round out the All-Star week festivities.[1] Early versions of the game created marginal interest in the baseball community, but the event has drawn significance each successive year.

Format

Rosters are selected by a joint committee consisting of Major League Baseball, MLB.com, and Baseball America magazine.[2] All 30 MLB organizations are represented, with no more than two players from any organization, and 25 players per team, divided into U.S. and World teams based on place of birth. Any player selected to the All-Star Futures Game but promoted to the majors prior to the game is replaced.

Players born in Puerto Rico are part of the World team despite being U.S. citizens by birth, because that territory has its own national baseball federation and national team.

The game is played by the same rules listed in the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. One exception is that games last 9 innings (7 innings prior to 2008), with up to 2 extra innings available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings; if it remains tied after 11 innings total, the game ends.

Changes in 2008

Two major changes took place in the 2008 game:

Larry Doby Award

Note: For the award winners, see the "MVP" column in the "Results" section (below).

Each year, an award is presented to the game's most valuable player. In 2003, the name was changed from Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award to the Larry Doby Award.[4] (The similarly-named Larry Doby Legacy Award is an entirely separate award presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.)

Five of the award winners to date have gone on to become MLB All-Stars: Alfonso Soriano, José Reyes, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Hill, and Billy Butler.

Results

Key
MVP Most Valuable Player
MLB All-Star on a future occasion
Results
Year Winner Score Ballpark MVP MVP organization Ref
1999 World7–0Fenway Park Alfonso SorianoNew York Yankees[5]
2000 U.S.3–2Turner FieldSean BurroughsSan Diego Padres[6]
2001 U.S.5–1Safeco FieldToby HallTampa Bay Devil Rays[7]
2002 World5–1Miller Park José ReyesNew York Mets[8]
2003 U.S.3–2U.S. Cellular Field Grady SizemoreCleveland Indians[9]
2004 U.S.4–3Minute Maid Park Aaron HillToronto Blue Jays[10]
2005 World4–0Comerica ParkJustin HuberKansas City Royals[11]
2006 U.S.8–5PNC Park Billy ButlerKansas City Royals[12]
2007 World7–2AT&T ParkChin-lung HuLos Angeles Dodgers[13]
2008 World3–0Yankee StadiumChe-hsuan LinBoston Red Sox[14]
2009 World7–5[a]Busch StadiumRene TosoniMinnesota Twins[15]
2010 U.S.9–1Angel Stadium of AnaheimHank CongerLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim[16]
2011 U.S.6–4Chase FieldGrant GreenOakland Athletics[17]
2012 U.S.17–5Kauffman StadiumNick CastellanosDetroit Tigers[18]
2013 U.S.4–2Citi FieldMatt DavidsonArizona Diamondbacks[19]
2014 U.S.3–2Target FieldJoey GalloTexas Rangers[20]
2015 U.S.10–1Great American Ball ParkKyle SchwarberChicago Cubs[21]
2016 World11–3Petco ParkYoan MoncadaBoston Red Sox[22]
2017 U.S.7–6Marlins ParkBrent HoneywellTampa Bay Rays[23]
2018 U.S.10–6Nationals ParkTaylor TrammellCincinnati Reds[24]
U.S. (13 wins) World (7 wins)

Notes

  1. ^ Game shortened to seven innings after a four-hour rain delay in the first inning.

See also

References

  1. "Solomon has many irons in the fire". USA Today. May 8, 2001. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. Nick Cammarota (June 26, 2008). "Futures Game rosters filled with top prospects". mlb.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2008.
  3. Jonathan Mayo (June 19, 2008). "Futures managers have New York ties". MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 22, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2008.
  4. "Larry Doby Award". Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  5. "Yankee farmhand helps beat U.S." Herald-Journal. Associated Press. July 12, 1999. p. B4. Retrieved July 12, 2015 via Google News Archive Search.
  6. "Burroughs leads U.S. to victory". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. C4. Retrieved July 12, 2015 via Google News Archive Search.
  7. "Futures game box score". USA Today. July 9, 2001. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  8. "2002 Futures Game Box Score". Baseball America. July 8, 2002. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  9. "Futures game box score". USA Today. May 20, 2005. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  10. Callis, Jim (July 11, 2004). "2004 Futures Game". Baseball America. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  11. Callis, Jim (July 10, 2005). "2005 Futures Game: World 4, U.S. 0". Baseball America. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  12. "Gameday 2006". MLB.com. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  13. "Prospects: Futures Game: Futures Game 2007 Box Score". Baseball America. July 8, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  14. "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 13, 2008 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 13, 2008. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  15. "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 12, 2009 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 12, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  16. "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 11, 2010 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 11, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
  17. "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 10, 2011 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  18. "World Futures vs. U.S. Futures – July 8, 2012 | MLB.com: Gameday". MLB.com. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  19. "2013 All-Star Game – Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson powers U.S. past World in Futures Game". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  20. "Joey Gallo's homer backs stellar U.S. pitching in Futures Game win". Chicago Cubs. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  21. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY Sports (July 12, 2015). "Kyle Schwarber headlines Team USA's win in Futures Game". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  22. Cassavell, AJ. "MVP Moncada powers World rout at Futures". MLB.com. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  23. Feinsand, Mark (July 9, 2017). "USA rides Honeywell, big bats to Futures win". MLB.com. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  24. Feinsand, Mark (July 15, 2018). "USA outslugs World in 8-homer Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
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