1989 AAA All-Star Game
The 1989 AAA All-Star Game was the second AAA All-Star Game. The game took place on July 12, 1989 at Cooper Stadium in Columbus, OH, the home park of the Columbus Clippers. The game would once again feature the top stars from AL affiliates going against NL affiliates, with no regard to their AAA league whether it be the International League, Pacific Coast League or American Association.
The American League squad, who would be the home team due to the Clippers being a New York Yankees affiliate, would be managed by Columbus manager Bucky Dent. His assistants were Tom Kotchman of the Edmonton Trappers and Sal Rende of the Omaha Royals. The visiting National League team was lead by Iowa Cubs manager Pete Mackanin. Steve Smith of the Las Vegas Stars and Jim Beauchamp of the Richmond Braves were his assistants. The game was aired on ESPN with Ron Franklin, Ken Singleton and Joe Buck calling the game.
The game was started for the AL by Vancouver Canadians star Tom Drees who had already pitched two no-hitters in that season; the NL countered with Ramon Martinez of the Albuquerque Dukes. Drees, on a hot streak, pitched three innings of no-hit ball, but allowed one unearned run. Martinez also allowed one run in three innings, though he gave up a few hits along the way. After scoring a run in the fourth off of Mike Trujillo, the NL exploded for a five-run fifth to take a 7-1 lead after four and a half. The AL would get two runs back in the 7th, but it was too little too late. After adding an insurance run in the top of the 9th, the NL secured an 8-3 victory. Martinez was awarded the win and Trujillo the loss. The game saw three home runs as Sandy Alomar, Jr, Scott Coolbaugh and Brian Dorsett all went yard.
For the first time the game's Stars of Stars award was split by league. Three awards were given out, one for each of the three AAA leagues. Tom Drees won the award for the PCL for his three innings of no-hit ball, Scott Coolbaugh won the award for the AA for hitting a solo home run in his only at-bat, and Mark Lemke won the IL's award going 2-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Lemke also won the unofficial MVP voted on by the ESPN viewers.
Future stars who appeared in the game included not only the previously mentioned Alomar, Martinez and Lemke but also appearing for the NL squad was Jay Bell, Joey Cora, Todd Zeile, Mark Gardner and Kent Mercker. Lance Johnson, Hal Morris, Greg Vaughn and Glenallen Hill all appeared for the AL.
|Jeff Huson||SS||Indianapolis Indians||1||Lance Johnson||CF||Vancouver Canadians|
|Junior Noboa||DH||Indianapolis Indians||2||Hal Morris||1B||Columbus Clippers|
|Mark Lemke||2B||Richmond Braves||3||Greg Vaughn||LF||Denver Zephyrs|
|Todd Zeile||C||Louisville Redbirds||4||Jim Wilson||DH||Calgary Cannons|
|Tom O'Malley||3B||Tidewater Tides||5||Kevin Maas||RF||Columbus Clippers|
|Scotti Madison||1B||Nashville Sounds||6||Francisco Cabrera||C||Syracuse Chiefs|
|Jerald Clark||LF||Las Vegas Stars||7||Scott Coolbaugh||3B||Oklahoma City 89ers|
|Keith Miller||CF||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons||8||Randy Velarde||SS||Columbus Clippers|
|Mike Huff||CF||Albuquerque Dukes||9||Billy Bates||2B||Denver Zephyrs|
|Ramon Martinez||P||Albuquerque Dukes||SP||Tom Drees||P||Vancouver Canadians|
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