14 Facts About MLB All-Star


Major League Baseball All-Star Game, known as the "Midsummer Classic", is an annual professional baseball game sanctioned by Major League Baseball and contested between the all-stars from the American League and National League.

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The most recent MLB All-Star Game was held on July 19,2022, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the NL's Los Angeles Dodgers.

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From 1959 to 1962, two MLB All-Star Games were held each season, in order to increase the money going to the players' pension fund.

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MLB ended this practice in 2017, and the All-Star Game reverted to having the host team's league serve as the home team.

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From 1935 through 1944 and in 1946, the manager of each All-Star squad selected the entire team; in 1945, no MLB All-Star Game was held and no All-Stars were officially named.

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MLB All-Star was later the Most Valuable Player of that game as well as the National League MVP for that year.

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The following year, MLB All-Star announced that an extra position player would be added to each roster for the 2010 game and beyond, bringing the total to 34 for each league.

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However, both the 2019 and 2021 MLB All-Star games were decided in regulation and the 2020 game was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making the rule unused.

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Since 2022, any MLB All-Star game ending in a tie after 9 regulation innings will result in teams battling in a best-of-three-round home run derby.

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The MLB All-Star Game has seen several "eras" in which one league tended to dominate.

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Except for 1983, the MLB All-Star Game has been scheduled on a Tuesday in July since 1963.

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Since 1970 every MLB All-Star Game has been played under the lights, though when held at venues near enough to the west coast, the game starts in daylight in the late afternoon.

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Twice, the MLB All-Star Game has been deferred because of travel restrictions.

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In 2020, severe pandemic restrictions for MLB All-Star teams, including prohibiting teams from playing outside their divisions, the game scheduled to be played at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium was deferred to 2022.

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