2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 7 12 0
National League 0 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Date July 9, 2002
Venue Miller Park
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance 41,871
First pitch Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor
Television Fox
TV announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio ESPN
Radio announcers Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell

The 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 73rd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues that make up Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 9, 2002 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers of the NL. The game controversially ended with a 7–7 tie due to both teams running out of available pitchers. Beginning the next year, home field advantage in the World Series would be awarded to the winning league to prevent ties.

No player was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award due to the game ending in a tie. The roster selection for the 2002 game marked the inaugural All-Star Final Vote competition (then known as "The All-Star 30th Man" competition). Johnny Damon and Andruw Jones represented the American and National Leagues as a result of this contest.


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Final roster spot

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Johnny Damon BOS CF Andruw Jones ATL CF
Jim Thome CLE 1B Brian Giles PIT RF
Eric Chavez OAK 3B Larry Walker COL RF
Magglio Ordóñez CWS RF Albert Pujols STL 1B
Darin Erstad ANA CF Ryan Klesko SD 1B

American League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PDerek LoweRed Sox2
CJorge PosadaYankees3
1BJason GiambiYankees3
2BAlfonso SorianoYankees1
3BShea HillenbrandRed Sox1
SSAlex RodriguezRangers6
OFManny RamírezRed Sox6
OFTorii HunterTwins1
OFIchiro SuzukiMariners2
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PMark BuehrleWhite Sox1
PRoy HalladayBlue Jays1
PPedro Martínez[a]Red Sox6
PFreddy GarcíaMariners2
PEddie GuardadoTwins1
PMariano RiveraYankees5
PKazuhiro SasakiMariners2
PUgueth Urbina[b]Red Sox2
PBarry ZitoAthletics1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CA. J. PierzynskiTwins1
1BPaul KonerkoWhite Sox1
1BMike SweeneyRoyals2
3BTony BatistaOrioles2
3BRobin VenturaYankees2
SSNomar GarciaparraRed Sox4
SSDerek JeterYankees5
SSMiguel TejadaAthletics1
SSOmar VizquelIndians3
OFGarret AndersonAngels1
OFJohnny Damon[FV]Red Sox1
OFRobert FickTigers1
OFRandy WinnDevil Rays1
Joe Torre Yankees
Mike Scioscia Angels

National League

PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PCurt SchillingDiamondbacks5
CMike PiazzaMets10
1BTodd HeltonRockies3
2BJosé VidroExpos2
3BScott RolenPhillies1
SSJimmy RollinsPhillies2
OFBarry BondsGiants11
OFVladimir GuerreroExpos4
OFSammy SosaCubs6
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
PÉric GagnéDodgers1
PTom Glavine[a]Braves8
PTrevor HoffmanPadres4
PByung-Hyun KimDiamondbacks1
PRandy Johnson[a]Diamondbacks9
PMatt Morris[a]Cardinals2
PRobb Nen[b]Giants3
PVicente Padilla[b]Phillies1
POdalis PérezDodgers1
PMike Remlinger[b]Braves1
PJohn SmoltzBraves5
PMike WilliamsPirates1
PositionPlayerTeamAll-Star Games
CDamian MillerDiamondbacks1
CBenito SantiagoGiants5
1BRichie SexsonBrewers1
2BJunior SpiveyDiamondbacks1
2BLuis CastilloMarlins1
3BMike LowellMarlins1
SSJose HernándezBrewers1
OFLance BerkmanAstros2
OFAdam DunnReds1
OFLuis GonzalezDiamondbacks3
OFShawn GreenDodgers2
OFAndruw Jones[FV]Braves2
Bob Brenly Diamondbacks


Starting lineups

American LeagueNational League
1Ichiro SuzukiMarinersRF1José VidroExpos2B
2Shea HillenbrandRed Sox3B2Todd HeltonRockies1B
3Alex RodriguezRangersSS3Barry BondsGiantsLF
4Jason GiambiYankees1B4Sammy SosaCubsRF
5Manny RamírezRed SoxLF5Vladimir GuerreroExposCF
6Jorge PosadaYankeesC6Mike PiazzaMetsC
7Torii HunterTwinsCF7Scott RolenPhillies3B
8Alfonso SorianoYankees2B8Jimmy RollinsPhilliesSS
9Derek LoweRed SoxP9Curt SchillingDiamondbacksP



Home Plate Gerry Davis
First Base Tim Tschida
Second Base Chuck Meriwether
Third Base Jerry Meals
Left Field Marty Foster
Right Field Paul Emmel

Game summary

National League starting pitcher Curt Schilling was sharp early on, striking out three through two innings pitched. In the bottom of the first, Barry Bonds hit a deep fly ball off AL starter Derek Lowe, which looked to be deep enough to be a home run. Instead, center fielder Torii Hunter reached over the wall and caught Bonds' drive, denying the NL an early lead. Bonds playfully picked up Hunter as the NL took the field the next inning.

The NL would get on the board in the bottom of the second, when a Mike Piazza groundout scored Vladimir Guerrero from third. They'd score three more runs the next inning, when Todd Helton singled home Jimmy Rollins. Barry Bonds would get revenge for having his first-inning home run taken away by belting a two-run shot to give the NL a 4–0 lead. The AL would finally score in the fourth, on the strength of a Manny Ramírez RBI single.

The AL would cut the NL lead in half in the fifth, when Alfonso Soriano hit a solo homer off Éric Gagné to cut the lead to 4–2. The NL got a run back with Damian Miller's RBI double to put the NL up 5–2. The AL put together a big inning in the seventh to take the lead. An RBI groundout from Garret Anderson, an RBI single from Tony Batista, and a two-run double from Paul Konerko scored four runs for the AL, giving them a 6–5 lead after their half of the seventh.

The NL regained the lead in bottom of the seventh, on a two-run single from Lance Berkman, which scored Mike Lowell and Damian Miller. The AL quickly tied the game back up in the eighth with Omar Vizquel's RBI triple. Neither team scored after that in regulation, and the game went into extra innings. Vicente Padilla and Freddy García each pitched scoreless tenth innings, keeping the game tied.

A problem arose at this point, as Padilla and Garcia were the last available pitcher on each team. After a scoreless top of the eleventh inning, AL and NL managers Joe Torre and Bob Brenly met by the first base dugout with Commissioner Bud Selig to discuss the situation, and it was controversially ruled that if the NL did not score in the bottom of the eleventh, the game would be declared a tie1. After the decision was announced over the stadium's PA system, fans loudly booed and jeered, with beer bottles being thrown onto the field, and chants of "Let them play!", "Refund!", "Bud must go!" and "Ripoff!" were heard. Garcia retired the side in the eleventh, and the game ended in a 7–7 tie, to further booing and bottle throwing. No MVP award was given.

1 Rule 4.17 of the normal MLB playing rules provides that a team that is unable or refuses to place nine players on the field shall forfeit the game.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
American League 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 7 12 0
National League 0 1 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 13 0
Starting pitchers:
AL: Derek Lowe
NL: Curt Schilling
Home runs:
AL: Alfonso Soriano (1)
NL: Barry Bonds (1)

Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby took place on July 8 with eight players, four from each league, competing to try to hit as many home runs as possible.

Miller Park, Milwaukee—A.L. 42, N.L. 31
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
Jason Giambi Yankees117725
Sammy Sosa Cubs125118
Paul Konerko White Sox6612
Richie Sexson Brewers6410
Torii Hunter Twins33
Barry Bonds Giants22
Alex Rodriguez Rangers22
Lance Berkman Astros11
Semifinals Finals
1 Sammy Sosa 5
4 Richie Sexson 4
1 Sammy Sosa 1
2 Jason Giambi 7
2 Jason Giambi 7
3 Paul Konerko 6




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