Each summer, Major League Baseball gathers its top stars half-way through the season to play together during the All-Star game. And since 2002, the outcome of the game determines which league will get home field advantage in the World Series.
Throughout the 84 years of the Midsummer Classic, there have been many memorable moments. Some of those moments happen during play on the field, like Reggie Jackson’s monstrous home run during the 1971 All-Star game in Detroit. Other memorable moments occur during the pre-game festivities, like Ted Williams’s appearance at the 1999 All-Star game in Boston to throw out the first pitch.
During the 2013 All-Star Game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York, baseball would add another great moment to the history books during the middle of the 8th inning. The AL was holding a 3-0 lead over the NL. AL manager, Jim Leyland wanted to make sure NY Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera came into the game while they had the lead, so he chose to bring him in during the 8th inning.
The field was empty, and the sound of Metallica’s Enter Sandman filled the ball park atmosphere. Mariano “Sandman” Rivera entered through the outfield bullpen gates and trotted to the mound. Rivera was all alone on the field standing atop the mound. He looked around at the standing ovation by fans and players honoring one of the game’s greatest. This was Rivera’s final career All-Star game appearance and he was soaking it all in.
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No Player Received the 75% Required Vote By Baseball Writers’ Association of America
Sporting News reports that “for the first time since 1996 and just the eighth time ever, no player received the 75 percent of the vote necessary for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
It is disappointing but not surprising to see the all-time home run leader Barry Bonds (36.2 % of votes) and the 3rd all-time strike outs leader Roger Clemens (37.6% of votes) getting a pass due to their involvement in steroid allegations. Only time will tell if the negative publicity and asterisk hovering over their careers will fade in future voting years.
To fans and supporters of Craig Biggio (68.2% of votes) this came as shocking news since his stats show that he also had the stuff of a Hall of Famer – member of the 3,000 hit club and a man known for playing the game the right way. But based on BBWAA voting, he wasn’t eligible to be a first ballot inductee. This will add to the controversy about “First Ballot Hall of Famer” honors being reserved for the baseball elite. View First Ballot Hall of Famers in history
An MLB statement concerning the lack of inductees in the 2013 class:
Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our game’s most extraordinary individual honor. Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. While this year did not produce an electee, there are many worthy candidates who will merit consideration in the future. We respect both the longstanding process that the Hall of Fame has in place and the role of the BBWAA, whose members have voted in the Hall of Fame’s elections since 1936.
37 candidates (including 24 on the ballot for the first time) were eligible for voting by the BBWAA. In 2014, the expected top vote-getters for new candidates will include Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas.
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The Yankees were down 4-0 to the Tigers going into the bottom of the 9th inning in Game 1 of the ALCS. Ichiro Suzuki homers with 1 out to knock in 2 runs to bring the score to 4-2. With 2 outs, Mark Teixeira is walked and Raul Ibanez steps up to the plate. On an 0-1 count he smashed a ball off of Tigers closer Jose Valverde to the right field stands to tie the game 4-4 and send it into extra innings.
But the heroics were not enough for the Yankees to take the lead and get a win. In the top of the 12th inning, the Tigers would regain the lead with 2 more runs off of RBIs by Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta. With Ibanez already batting in the bottom of the 11th, the Yankees could not muster up a base-runner and the Tigers would take Game 1 of the ALCS in NY. To make matters worse for the Yankees, Derek Jeter would fracture his ankle on a play trying to prevent the Peralta single in the 12th.
The 2012 MLB Postseason continues to pour on the excitement with come from behind victories and late inning magic. Share your thoughts about the postseason in the comments below.