MLB – A Look Ahead to Tuesday’s All-Star Game
Tuesday night will be the 90th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It will be the first one held in Cleveland since July 8th, 1997. On that day, the Most Valuable Player was Sandy Alomar from the Cleveland Indians. The last time there was an MVP by a player from the team hosting the Mid-Summer Classic came in 1999 by Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox. There have also been MVP’s from the same city like Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees when the 2013 All-Star Game was played at the home of the Mets. Alfonso Soriano of the Texas Rangers earned the individual accolade in Houston less than 300 miles from his home ballpark at the time in 2004.
Going back to 1997, the American League won 3-1. This was after losing the past three editions to the National League at the time. This year, the senior circuit are the ones trying to snap a six-game losing streak. The NL last won at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City 8-0. Cleveland hosted four All-Star Games at Municipal Stadium in a span of forty-seven years. 2019 will be the second time at Progressive Field which opened a quarter-century ago. Therefore, this will be the sixth for the northeast-Ohio based city. The AL won three of the previous five.
One of my favorite moments in this annual event is to hear the cheers of the players representing the local team. I also cannot help but chuckle when a player, especially from a team from a division rival or from the Yankees, is able to muster a smile when he is jeered. Obviously, the player should treat it as a compliment because the player is very skilled at what he does. A storyline I am interested in is whether or not Mike Trout can win his third MVP on Tuesday. Since 1962 when Major League Baseball started handing out the award, there has not been a three-time winner. Trout has the opportunity to make it happen as he is in his prime.
There have not been many shutouts, and the pitching can be of high quality. It is good to see great defense played in an exhibition game. Something that I wish was the norm in many of the other sports that have All-Star games. The last few years have been proof that a game does not need the incentive of determining what League gets home field advantage in the World Series to have entertainment.
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Works cited: MLB app, Maps app, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_All-Star_Games, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Stadium