2023 All-Star Game

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The 2023 All-Star Game was the 93rd edition of the Midsummer Classic. It was played at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA on July 11, 2023. It was the third time the game was played in Seattle, having been staged at Safeco Field (as the ballpark was then known) in 2001, and at its predecessor, the Kingdome, in 1979. The logo for the game, which features Mount Rainier and the Space Needle, was revealed on July 22, 2022, just after the holding of the 2022 All-Star Game.

The 2023 Futures Game took place on July 8th and the 2023 Amateur Draft was held two days before the game, on July 9th. As per tradition, the annual Home Run Derby preceded the game by one day.

The National League ended a losing streak of nine games, dating back to 2012, by defeating the American League, 3-2 in a game which featured a large number of fielding gems and whose outcome was in doubt until the last pitch. Elias Díaz, who provided the winning marging with a two-run homer in the 8th inning, was named the winner of the Ted Williams Award as the game's MVP.

The Teams[edit]

American League[edit]

Dusty Baker, manager of the defending World Champion Houston Astros, managed the American League team, assisted by coaches Scott Servais, manager of the Seattle Mariners, Billy North and other members of the Astros coaching staff.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros OF Replaced due to injury
Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays OF Starter
Félix Bautista Baltimore Orioles P
Bo Bichette Toronto Blue Jays SS
Yennier Cano Baltimore Orioles P
Luis Castillo Seattle Mariners P Did not play
Emmanuel Clase Cleveland Guardians P Replaced due to birth of child
Gerrit Cole New York Yankees P Starting pitcher
Yandy Díaz Tampa Bay Rays 1B Starter
Nathan Eovaldi Texas Rangers P
Carlos Estévez Los Angeles Angels P Replaced Clase
Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays SS Replaced Judge
Adolis Garcia Texas Rangers OF
Kevin Gausman Toronto Blue Jays P Replaced
Sonny Gray Minnesota Twins P
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 1B
Austin Hays Baltimore Orioles OF
Jonah Heim Texas Rangers C Starter
Kenley Jansen Boston Red Sox P
Aaron Judge New York Yankees 1B Starter Replaced due to injury
Josh Jung Texas Rangers 3B Starter
George Kirby Seattle Mariners P Replaced McClanahan
Pablo Lopez Minnesota Twins P Replaced Gausman
Michael Lorenzen Detroit Tigers P
Shane McClanahan Tampa Bay Rays P Replaced due to injury
Whit Merrifield Toronto Blue Jays 2B
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels DH/P Starter Top vote-getter in AL
Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals C
José Ramírez Cleveland Guardians 3B
Luis Robert Chicago White Sox OF Did not play
Julio Rodríguez Seattle Mariners OF Replaced Alvarez
Jordan Romano Toronto Blue Jays P Replaced Valdez
Brent Rooker Oakland Athletics DH
Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles C
Corey Seager Texas Rangers SS Starter
Marcus Semien Texas Rangers 2B Starter
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels OF Starter Replaced due to injury
Kyle Tucker Houston Astros OF Replaced Trout
Framber Valdez Houston Astros P Replaced due to injury

National League[edit]

Rob Thomson, manager of the Philadelphia Phillies managed the National League team, assisted by coach Derek Shelton, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, assisted by other members of the Phillies coaching staff.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Ronald Acuna Atlanta Braves OF Starter Top vote-getter in NL
Ozzie Albies Atlanta Braves 2B
Pete Alonso New York Mets 1B
Orlando Arcia Atlanta Braves SS Starter
Nolan Arenado St. Louis Cardinals 3B Starter
Luis Arraez Miami Marlins 2B Starter
David Bednar Pittsburgh Pirates P Replaced Kershaw
Did not play
Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers OF Starter
Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers P Replaced Strider
Did not play
Corbin Carroll Arizona Diamondbacks OF Starter
Nick Castellanos Philadelphia Phillies OF
Alex Cobb San Francisco Giants P Replaced Elder
Alexis Diaz Cincinnati Reds P
Elias Diaz Colorado Rockies C
Camilo Doval San Francisco Giants P
Bryce Elder Atlanta Braves P Replaced
Freddie Freeman Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Starter
Zac Gallen Arizona Diamondbacks P Starting pitcher
Josiah Gray Washington Nationals P
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Arizona Diamondbacks OF
Josh Hader San Diego Padres P
Mitch Keller Pittsburgh Pirates P
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers P Replaced due to injury
Craig Kimbrel Philadelphia Phillies P Replaced Williams
J.D. Martinez Los Angeles Dodgers DH Starter
Sean Murphy Atlanta Braves C Starter
Matt Olson Atlanta Braves 1B
Geraldo Perdomo Arizona Diamondbacks SS Replaced Swanson
Austin Riley Atlanta Braves 3B
Kodai Senga New York Mets P Replaced Stroman
Did not play
Will Smith Los Angeles Dodgers C
Jorge Soler Miami Marlins DH
Juan Soto San Diego Padres OF
Justin Steele Chicago Cubs P
Spencer Strider Atlanta Braves P Replaced
Marcus Stroman Chicago Cubs P Replaced due to injury
Dansby Swanson Chicago Cubs SS Replaced
Devin Williams Milwaukee Brewers P Replaced

A number of pitchers in both leagues were replaced because their teams did not want them to give up their regularly-scheduled spot in the starting rotation following the All-Star break.

The Game[edit]

The National League ended a drought dating back to the 2012 All-Star Game when it defeated the American League by a score of 3-2 in a game that was closely fought from the first pitch to the last and that featured a number of great defensive plays as well as an unlikely hero in the person of first-time All-Star Elias Díaz, the sole representative of the Colorado Rockies at the game.

Defence was the major feature of the 1st inning, as the first two hitters for the NL, RF Ronald Acuna and 1B Freddie Freeman both drove pitches from Gerrit Cole to the outfield wall, but in both cases, RF Adolis García and LF Randy Arozarena made nice catches. In the bottom of the inning, Zac Gallen allowed a single to Arozarena with two outs, but he was immediately caught stealing on a strong throw by C Sean Murphy. When the preceding hitter, DH Shohei Ohtani, had come to the plate, he had been greeted by a chorus of "Come to Seattle!" by the local fans, as speculations of where the superstar two-way player would end up next year would doubtless dominate the news cycle over the next few months. In any case, the game then set a clear pattern of each manager using a new pitcher at the start of every inning, and Nathan Eovaldi took the mound for the AL in the 2nd inning. He allowed a lead-off single to DH J.D. Martinez and another to major league batting average leader Luis Arraez with one out, but stranded both runners. However, Mitch Keller gave up the game's first run in the bottom of the 2nd on a solo homer by 1B Yandy Díaz. Díaz was set to become a father for the first time in the next 24 hours, so he was certain to remember this date in future years.

The score remained the same in the 3rd, as the unrelated Sonny Gray and Josiah Gray took a turn on the mound, but the NL tied the score in the top of the 3rd. Martinez once again led off the inning with a hit, this one a double off George Kirby and after a ground out by 3B Nolan Arenado, Arraez did what he does best: line a single to the opposite field to drive in Martinez from second base. Murphy followed by hitting another drive to deep right, but García once again pulled out the stops on a nice catch to reel in the ball. Arraez then apparently stole second, but the safe call was overturned on appeal as a great throw by C Jonah Heim to SS Bo Bichette got him by the barest of margins. The game then remained tied until the 6th as the parade of pitchers featured Alex Cobb, Carlos Estévez, Justin Steele and Yennier Cano, while everyone in both teams' starting line-ups was replaced by someone else. There was another great defensive play in the bottom of the 5th when 3B Austin Riley robbed his opposite number Josh Jung of a hit by fielding a soft tapper with his bare hand and throwing to 1B Matt Olson to just beat him out. At that point the NL infield was entirely composed of players from the Atlanta Braves, and earlier in the game, there had been six members of the Texas Rangers on the field at once, as both teams were very heavily represented.

The NL made Cano work in the top of the 6th when after two quick outs, DH Jorge Soler hit a ground ball that forced 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to move to his right. He got to the ball easily, but his throw to Cano, rushing in to cover first base, was high and went past him for an error. Cano then appeared to strike out Riley, but the pitch was called a ball, and given a reprieve, Riley hit a single to put a second runner on base before 2B Ozzie Albies grounded out to end the inning. The AL then took the lead again in the bottom of that inning against Alexis Díaz, with a one-out single by DH Salvador Perez, an automatic double by LF Brent Rooker that bounced into the right-field stands, and a long sacrifice fly to RF Juan Soto by Bichette for a 2-1 lead. Jordan Romano then took the mound for the AL and retired Kyle Tucker on a fly ball to right. However, the next batter, his former teammate Lourdes Gurriel, hit a very long ball down the left field line that was originally ruled a game-tying homer. Manager Dusty Baker appealed the ruling however, and it was reversed as the ball was foul by a foot or two. Meanwhile, however, Romano had felt a twinge in his lower back on that pitch, and left the game, replaced by Michael Lorenzen. Gurriel resumed his at-bat after a long interruption and hit a single that traveled maybe 20 feet down the third-base line, after which SS Geraldo Perdomo drew a walk. However, Lorenzen managed to get out of the jam by having Soto pop out on an infield fly and striking out 1B Pete Alonso. The one-run lead still stood, and after Camilo Doval worked around a two-out double by José Ramírez in the bottom of the 7th, that's where the score stood entering the 8th, the AL in very familiar territory.

Next to come to the mound was Baltimore Orioles closer Félix Bautista, an intimidating presence at 6' 8" and throwing gas. However, his control was not great, and he walked the first man he faced, CF Nick Castellanos, who was incidentally playing the position for the first time of his career due to the lack of a true centerfielder on the NL roster. Next up was Elias Díaz, pinch-hitter for DH Soler, and he surprised everyone after a wild pitch by Bautista by driving a two-strike pitch into the left-field stands for a long home run that turned the scales on the game. The NL was now in the lead, 3-2, for the first time in the game. Bautista continued to struggle with his control, and after he walked C Will Smith with two outs, he was removed from the game by Baker, and replaced by veteran Kenley Jansen. Smith, having been Jansen's catcher last year, knew that he was very slow and deliberate to the plate, and quickly took off to steal second base uncontested, but Jansen was unfazed. He got Gurriel to strike out to end the inning. Next to the mound for the NL was Josh Hader, who gave up a lead-off single to 2B Whit Merrifield. However, Hader got Perez to fly out and on his next pitch Rooker lined the ball straight at Riley, who threw to Olson to double off Merrifield and the inning was over, having lasted a mere five pitches.

So it was on to the top of the 9th, with the NL in the unfamiliar position of holding a lead. They were unable to pad it against Pablo López, in spite of singles by Soto and Castellanos as Elias Díaz struck out swinging to end the frame. Craig Kimbrel was summoned by his manager with the Philadelphia Phillies, Rob Thomson, to close out the game, something he had successfully done over 400 times in the course of an outstanding career. He started off the bottom of the 9th by getting SS Wander Franco to fly out after a long battle then struck out Guerrero, but Tucker worked a walk, bringing up hometown favorite Julio Rodríguez. It was another protracted battle, but the youngster also managed to draw a walk, and now the winning run was on base with two outs. David Bednar had been warming up in the bullpen and was ready to come in, as Kimbrel had expended a lot of pitches, but Thomson let him face one more batter, Ramírez. It took another five pitches, but Kimbrel got him to strike out swinging to end the game.

Starting Lineups[edit]

National League Batting
American League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Ronald Acuna RF Atlanta Braves 1 Marcus Semien 2B Texas Rangers
Freddie Freeman 1B Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Shohei Ohtani DH Los Angeles Angels
Mookie Betts CF Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Randy Arozarena LF Tampa Bay Rays
J.D. Martinez DH Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Corey Seager SS Texas Rangers
Nolan Arenado 3B St. Louis Cardinals 5 Yandy Díaz 1B Tampa Bay Rays
Luis Arraez 2B Miami Marlins 6 Adolis García RF Texas Rangers
Sean Murphy C Atlanta Braves 7 Austin Hays CF Baltimore Orioles
Corbin Carroll LF Arizona Diamondbacks 8 Josh Jung 3B Texas Rangers
Orlando Arcia SS Atlanta Braves 9 Jonah Heim C Texas Rangers
Zac Gallen P Arizona Diamondbacks SP Gerrit Cole P New York Yankees

Line Score[edit]

July 11, 2023 at T-Mobile Park (47,159), night game - Baseball-Reference scoresheet

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
National 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 9 0
American 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 1


National: Zac Gallen, Mitch Keller, Josiah Gray, Alex Cobb, Justin Steele, Alexis Díaz, Camilo Doval (W), Josh Hader, Craig Kimbrel (SV)
American: Gerrit Cole, Nathan Eovaldi, Sonny Gray, George Kirby, Carlos Estévez, Yennier Cano, Jordan Romano, Michael Lorenzen, Félix Bautista (L), Kenley Jansen, Pablo López

Home Runs

National: Elias Díaz (8th)
American: Yandy Díaz (2nd)


Jim Wolf served as the replay official

Further Reading[edit]

  • "NL ends 2nd-longest drought in ASG history", mlb.com, July 12, 2023. [1]
  • Mark Feinsand: "Unlikely hero Elias Díaz earns All-Star Game MVP honors", mlb.com, July 12, 2023. [2]
  • Thomas Harrigan: "From 1st-timers to 10th-timers, All-Star Game's starting field set", mlb.com, June 29, 2023. [3]
  • Daniel Kramer: "'23 MLB All-Star Game to be held in Seattle", mlb.com, September 17, 2021. [4]
  • Daniel Kramer: /Mariners unveil 2023 All-Star Game logo", mlb.com, July 22, 2022. [5]
  • Sarah Langs: "ASG deep dive: 11 fun facts on this year's rosters: Braves make franchise history, while both squads boast rookie starters for first time", mlb.com, July 2, 2023. [6]
  • Bob Nightengale (USA Today): "'It’s a long time coming:' NL finally ends nine-game All-Star Game losing streak", Yahoo! Sports, July 12, 2023. [7]
  • Manny Randhawa and David Adler: "Here are the All-Star Ballot finalists moving on to Phase 2", mlb.com, June 22, 2023. [8]
  • Manny Randhawa: "9 unlikely All-Stars on this year's rosters", mlb.com, July 2, 2023. [9]
  • Shanthi Sepe-Chepuru: "Breaking down the full 2023 All-Star Game rosters", mlb.com, July 2, 2023. [10]

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