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2009 MLB All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 8 1
National League 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1
Date July 14, 2009
Venue Busch Stadium
City St. Louis, Missouri
Managers American League - Joe Maddon (TB)
National League - Charlie Manuel (PHI)
MVP Carl Crawford (TB)
Attendance 46,760
First pitch President Barack Obama
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The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 80th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball.[1] The game was held on July 14, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals.[2][3] The game was the first all-star game held in St. Louis since Template:Year when.[4] This was the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determines home field advantage in the World Series, with the American League winning all seven games to date under this format. After the game, the National League leads, 40–38–2, but has not won since 1996. Fox televised the contest, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast, joined at the bottom of the 2nd inning by President Barack Obama. Pre-game coverage began at 5 PM US EDT on MLB Network, with ESPN joining in at 7 PM US EDT. Outside the USA, Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) carried MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.

The Cardinals had hoped to use the event to show off its planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark. However the plans have not materialized and Cardinals in March said they will use the old park for a softball field and parking lot during the game.[5]

On April 22, 2009, All-Star balloting began on with eight position players (excluding pitchers and designated hitters) from each of the 30 teams being nominated for fans to vote. As with last year, only 25 email ballots could be cast and voting officially ended at 11:59 ET on July 2.[6] Final rosters, with the exception of the final vote, were announced on July 5.

Fans voted for up to three players per league to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. For the first time, the batting practice sessions were telecast on the self-owned MLB Network.

By length of time, this was the shortest MLB All-Star game (2:31) since 1988. At one point during the game, the American League retired 19 straight batters, the second most in All-Star game history.

Final roster spot[]

After the rosters were revealed, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 33rd and final player of each roster. The NL Winner was Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies and the AL winner was Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers. Pablo Sandoval and Ian Kinsler finished a close second in their respective leagues.

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Brandon Inge DET 3B Shane Victorino PHI OF
Chone Figgins LAA 3B Cristian Guzmán WAS SS
Ian Kinsler TEX 2B Mark Reynolds ARI 3B
Adam Lind TOR DH Pablo Sandoval SF 3B
Carlos Peña TB 1B Matt Kemp LAD OF

Coaching staff[]

American League team manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays selected Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman as coaches for the team along with the rest of his Tampa Bay staff. Both managers participated in their first All-Star game this year, while Maddon will manage the All-Star squad for the first time after participating as a coach in 2003.

As the manager of the National League team, Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies has selected Tony La Russa of the host St. Louis Cardinals and Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers as his coaches. Torre previously managed the Cardinals from 1990-1995. La Russa has managed an All-Star team five times, and led the 2005 and 2007 NL teams. This was Torre's first NL All-Star coaching position; he has managed an AL All-Star team six times. Manuel previously coached the AL All-Star team in 2002's tie game under Torre.[7]

American League
Coach Position Team
Joe Maddon Manager Tampa Bay Rays
Don Wakamatsu Manager Seattle Mariners
Trey Hillman Manager Kansas City Royals
Dave Martinez Bench coach Tampa Bay Rays
Jim Hickey Pitching coach
Steve Henderson Hitting coach
Bobby Ramos Bullpen coach
George Hendrick First base coach
Tom Foley Third base coach
National League
Coach Position Team
Charlie Manuel Manager Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Torre Manager Los Angeles Dodgers
Tony La Russa Manager St. Louis Cardinals
Pete Mackanin Bench coach Philadelphia Phillies
Rich Dubee Pitching coach
Milt Thompson Hitting coach
Mick Billmeyer Bullpen coach
Davey Lopes First base coach
Sam Perlozzo Third base coach


Votes were cast online and at the 30 MLB ballparks. Sprint replaced Monster as the sponsor of the online portion of balloting. There was a limit of 25 votes per e-mail address, but no limit to the number of ballots cast at the stadium. The deadline to cast votes was July 2, and the results were broadcast on the TBS All-Star Selection show on July 5.[8] Albert Pujols was the leading vote-getter in the majors with 5,397,374 votes, while Derek Jeter was the vote leader in the American League [9][10]

American League[]

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Joe Mauer Twins 3
1B Mark Teixeira Yankees 2
2B Dustin Pedroia* Red Sox 2
3B Evan Longoria* Rays 2
SS Derek Jeter Yankees 10
OF Jason Bay Red Sox 3
OF Josh Hamilton Rangers 2
OF Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 9


Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Andrew Bailey# Athletics 1
P Josh Beckett# Red Sox 2
P Mark Buehrle White Sox 4
P Brian Fuentes# Angels 4
P Zack Greinke Royals 1
P Roy Halladay Blue Jays 6
P Félix Hernández Mariners 1
P Edwin Jackson Tigers 1
P Joe Nathan Twins 4
P Jonathan Papelbon Red Sox 4
P Mariano Rivera Yankees 10
P Justin Verlander# Tigers 2
P Tim Wakefield# Red Sox 1
Position Players
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Víctor Martínez Indians 3
1B Justin Morneau Twins 3
1B Carlos Peña[A]# Rays 1
1B Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 2
2B Aaron Hill Blue Jays 1
2B Ben Zobrist Rays 1
3B Chone Figgins[B]# Angels 1
3B Brandon Inge Tigers 1
3B Michael Young Rangers 6
SS Jason Bartlett Rays 1
OF Carl Crawford Rays 3
OF Nelson Cruz[C]# Rangers 1
OF Curtis Granderson Tigers 1
OF Torii Hunter# Angels 3
OF Adam Jones Orioles 1

National League[]

Elected starters
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Yadier Molina Cardinals 1
1B Albert Pujols Cardinals 8
2B Chase Utley Phillies 4
3B David Wright Mets 4
SS Hanley Ramírez Marlins 2
OF Carlos Beltrán* Mets 5
OF Ryan Braun Brewers 2
OF Raúl Ibáñez Phillies 1


Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Heath Bell Padres 1
P Chad Billingsley Dodgers 1
P Jonathan Broxton# Dodgers 1
P Matt Cain# Giants 1
P Francisco Cordero Reds 3
P Zach Duke[D]# Pirates 1
P Ryan Franklin Cardinals 1
P Dan Haren Diamondbacks 3
P Trevor Hoffman[E] Brewers 7
P Josh Johnson# Marlins 1
P Ted Lilly# Cubs 2
P Tim Lincecum Giants 2
P Jason Marquis# Rockies 1
P Francisco Rodríguez Mets 4
P Johan Santana# Mets 4
Position Players
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Brian McCann Braves 4
1B Prince Fielder Brewers 2
1B Adrian Gonzalez Padres 2
1B Ryan Howard Phillies 2
2B Orlando Hudson Dodgers 2
2B Freddy Sanchez# Pirates 3
3B Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 1
SS Miguel Tejada Astros 6
OF Brad Hawpe Rockies 1
OF Hunter Pence# Astros 1
OF Justin Upton Diamondbacks 1
OF Shane Victorino Phillies 1
OF Jayson Werth[F] Phillies 1

  1. Template:Note labelCarlos Peña replaced Dustin Pedroia on the roster due to family obligation; Aaron Hill replaced Pedroia as starter at second base.
  2. Template:Note labelChone Figgins replaced Evan Longoria on the roster due to injury; Michael Young replaced Longoria as starter at third base.
  3. Template:Note labelNelson Cruz replaced Torii Hunter on the roster due to injury.
  4. Template:Note labelZach Duke replaced Matt Cain on the roster due to injury.
  5. Template:Note labelTrevor Hoffman replaced Jonathan Broxton on the roster due to injury.
  6. Template:Note labelJayson Werth replaced Carlos Beltrán on the roster due to injury; Shane Victorino replaced Beltrán as starter in center field.

* This player did not start.

# This player did not play.


File:Barack Obama 2009 MLB All Star Game first pitch.jpg

President Barack Obama throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.


"The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by Sheryl Crow. Stan Musial, a former player for the host St. Louis Cardinals and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, gave the baseball for the ceremonial first pitch to the President of the United States Barack Obama, who threw it to the hometown Cardinals' first baseman and leading All-Star vote-getter, Albert Pujols.[11] During the seventh-inning stretch, Sara Evans sang "God Bless America".

By contrast, little attention was paid to the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada". An instrumental version was played through stadium speakers during the opening ceremonies, a move criticized by Canadian player Justin Morneau.[12]

Starting lineups[]

Template:All-Star Starting Lineup


Pos. Umpire ASG Exp.
HP Dana DeMuth 3
1B Brian Gorman 2
2B Jeff Kellogg 2
3B Angel Hernandez 2
LF Tim Timmons 1
RF Paul Nauert 1

HR Derby/Bullpen Catchers[]

Catcher League
Casey R. Moore National
Scott Cursi American

Game summary[]

File:2009 MLB All-Star Players.jpg

The American League scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning. The National League scored 3 in the bottom of the 2nd off a hit by Yadier Molina, and a double by Prince Fielder. The American League tied the score in the 5th on a double by Joe Mauer, and retook the lead when Adam Jones drove in Curtis Granderson on a sacrifice fly in the 8th. Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th inning to record a record 4th All-Star Game save. Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 but made a great defensive catch in the 7th inning to rob Brad Hawpe of a home run.[13] Crawford was given the MLB All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player award.[14]

July 14, 2009—7:50 p.m. (CT) at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 8 1
National League 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1

Starting pitchers: AL – Roy Halladay  NL – Tim Lincecum
WP: Jonathan Papelbon (1-0)  LP: Heath Bell (0-1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)[15] [16]  

Related events[]

  • The All-Star Fan Fest, an amusement park and a quasi-museum was held July 10–14 at America's Center Convention Center.
  • The Pepsi All-Star Concert, one of two new events on the calendar, featuring St. Louis native Sheryl Crow was held at the Gateway Arch on July 11.
  • The Sirius XM Radio All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game were held July 12 at Busch Stadium. The World team won the Futures game, 7-5 after seven innings due to rain. Another new event, The Sports Authority/Nike 5K Race and Fun Run, was also held.
  • The Gatorade Workout Day and State Farm Home Run Derby took place at Busch Stadium on July 13. Prince Fielder defeated Nelson Cruz in the final round to win the Home Run Derby.
  • The Chevrolet Red Carpet All-Star Parade was held on the day of the game in front of Busch Stadium, and carried on MLB Network via tape delay.
  • Hall of Famer Stan Musial gave the ceremonial first pitch to United States President Barack Obama to throw to the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Mr. Obama thus became the first sitting president to do so since Gerald Ford in 1976.


The game was televised live in the United States by Fox Sports, with announcers Joe Buck (play-by-play); Tim McCarver (color commentator); and Ken Rosenthal, Chris Rose, and Eric Karros (field reporters). MLB International televised the game in English outside of the U.S., with announcers Gary Thorne (play-by-play) and Rick Sutcliffe (color commentator). The American Forces Network also carried the game to U.S. service personnel stationed around the globe.

ESPN Radio broadcast the game, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play) and Dave Campbell (color commentator). Peter Pascarelli and John Rooney served as field reporters.


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  15. 2009 All-Star Game: Events
  16. Game Data

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