The All-Star Game or “Midsummer Classic” as it’s sometimes known, has been a staple in the MLB since 1933. The National League holds only 4 more wins the American League (43 to 39 with 2 ties). The rules have changed a bit since 1933, especially the way players are selected. Fans were given the right to vote on 8 starting players in 1947 but 10 years later the Cincinnati Reds stuffed the ballot box and fan voting rights were subsequently stripped away.
Voting rights were given back to the fans in 1970 and since 2002 the final roster selection has been made by the public through the All-Star Final Vote. The players for each league’s team is selected by the following process.
Fan Voting: The MLB distributes paper and digital ballots to fans before the All-Star Game and they select 8 National League players and 9 American League players (the extra AL player is the designated hitter and the NL’s designated hitter is selected by the manager).
Player Voting: The players vote for 8 pitchers (5 starters and 3 relievers) in their league. They also choose 1 back up player for each position. That’s a total of 16 players for the roster.
Manager Selection: The manager of each league’s All-Star Team is responsible for filling out the remaining roster (9 for the NL and 8 for the AL). They are also responsible for ensuring that every team in their league is represented by at least 1 player.
Final Vote: Once the 33 player team rosters are announced, fans take to the Internet to vote for 1 final player for each league which are chosen from a list of 5 players compiled by the Commissioner’s Office.
If any of the players selected are injured before the All-Star Game, decline to play or have pitched the Sunday before, the All-Star Team manager and Commissioner’s Office will work together to find replacement players. We at Diamond Kinetics hope you enjoyed this year’s All-Star Game.
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