2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 83rd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on July 10, 2012, during the 2012 Major League Baseball season at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals. This marked the third time the Mid-summer Classic had been played in Kansas City, with Kauffman Stadium (then named Royals Stadium) last hosting the event in 1973, the stadium's first year of existence. The event was also held at Municipal Stadium in 1960, when the Athletics were still based there, one of two played that season. The game was televised in the United States by Fox.

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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DateJuly 10, 2012
VenueKauffman Stadium
CityKansas City, Missouri
MVPMelky Cabrera (SF)
Ceremonial first pitchGeorge Brett
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver, Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews (Fox)
Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe (MLB International)
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

The National League shut out the American League for the sixth time in All-Star Game history.[1][2][3] It was the third-largest margin of victory for any Mid-summer Classic.[4] The TV ratings fell even further than the 2011 edition, earning a 6.8 rating and 12 share on Fox. The total number of viewers who watched any portion of the game was up 7 percent from the previous year, however, with 27.7 million total viewers.[4]

As of 2022, this is the last time the National League won the All-Star Game.

Host selection

Kauffman Stadium underwent a US $250 million renovation, funded by a 0.375% sales tax increase on the residents of Jackson County, Missouri for the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, which also houses Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs.[5][6] The referendum passed in an election on April 4, 2006.[5] As a result of the deal, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig promised the area that the team would host a future All-Star Game no later than 2014. On June 16, 2010, Selig officially awarded the rights to host the game to Kansas City for the 2012 season.[5][7]

Fenway Park was also in contention for hosting the 2012 All-Star Game to celebrate that park's centennial.[8] However Boston had most recently hosted the 1999 All-Star game.[9]

Fan balloting


Balloting for the 2012 All-Star Game starters began online April 20 and continued through June 28.[10] Fan voting also took place in each MLB stadium, beginning May 8 (at the latest) and ended on June 22.[10] The top vote-getters at each position (including the designated hitter for the American League) and the top three among outfielders, were named the starters for their respective leagues. The results were announced on July 1.[11] A record 40.2 million votes were cast,[12] beating out the previous record from 2011 (32.5 million) by a little under eight million. Josh Hamilton was the leading vote-getter with 11,073,744 votes, shattering the record that José Bautista set the prior year with 7,454,753 votes.[11] Buster Posey set a new NL record for votes this year with 7,621,370 votes.

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 34th and final player of each roster. The online balloting was conducted from Sunday afternoon, July 1, through Thursday afternoon, July 5. The winners of the All-Star Final Vote were Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers (AL) and David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals (NL). Chipper Jones, of the Atlanta Braves, was removed from the ballot on July 3 after he replaced Matt Kemp on the roster due to injury.[13][14]

Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
American League National League
Jonathan Broxton KC P Michael Bourn ATL OF
Yu Darvish TEX P David Freese STL 3B
Ernesto Frieri LAA P Bryce Harper WAS OF
Jason Hammel BAL P Aaron Hill ARI 2B
Jake Peavy CWS P      


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

  1. Denotes Final Vote Winner.
  2. Jake Peavy replaced C. J. Wilson on the roster due to injury.
  3. C. J. Wilson replaced CC Sabathia on the roster due to injury.
  4. Chipper Jones replaced Matt Kemp on the roster due to injury.
  5. Michael Bourn replaced Ian Desmond on the roster due to injury.
  6. Bryce Harper replaced Giancarlo Stanton on the roster due to injury.
  7. Matt Holliday replaced Yadier Molina on the roster due to Molina being placed on the bereavement list.
  • #: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).
  • : Indicates player was designated as his team's closer.

The only position player able to participate who was not used was Adam Dunn. Lance Lynn and Huston Street were the pitchers not used by the National League. For the American League, pitchers Yu Darvish, Félix Hernández (who threw 114 pitches on July 8),[15] Jake Peavy, and Chris Perez did not enter the game.

Game summary

View of the stadium during the National Anthem at the 2012 All-Star Game

In the first inning, the National League scored five runs off of Justin Verlander. Melky Cabrera singled with one out, then scored on Ryan Braun's double. Two two-out walks loaded the bases before Pablo Sandoval cleared them with a triple to the right field corner. Sandoval then scored on Dan Uggla's single. In the fourth, Rafael Furcal tripled with two outs off of Matt Harrison and scored on Matt Holliday's single. Melky Cabrera's home run then capped the game's scoring. The AL had the bases loaded in the fifth off of Clayton Kershaw, but failed to drive in any runs and the NL won 8–0. It was the third straight season the AL lost in an All-Star game. With two hits and two RBI, Melky Cabrera was named the All-Star Game MVP and was the first Giants player to be named All-Star MVP since Bobby Bonds in the 1973 All-Star Game, which was also held in Kansas City.


1Carlos GonzálezRockiesDH1Derek JeterYankeesSS
2Melky CabreraGiantsCF2Robinson CanóYankees2B
3Ryan BraunBrewersLF3Josh HamiltonRangersLF
4Joey VottoReds1B4José BautistaBlue JaysRF
5Carlos BeltránCardinalsRF5Prince FielderTigers1B
6Buster PoseyGiantsC6Adrián BeltréRangers3B
7Pablo SandovalGiants3B7David OrtizRed SoxDH
8Dan UgglaBraves2B8Mike NapoliRangersC
9Rafael FurcalCardinalsSS9Curtis GrandersonYankeesCF
 Matt CainGiantsP Justin VerlanderTigersP

Box score

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 7:18 pm (CDT)
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri[16]
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Starting pitchers:
NL: Matt Cain
AL: Justin Verlander
WP: Matt Cain (1–0)   LP: Justin Verlander (0–1)
Home runs:
NL: Melky Cabrera (1)
AL: None

Umpires: Home Plate – Gerry Davis (crew chief); First Base – Jim Joyce; Second Base – Brian Runge; Third Base – Tony Randazzo; Left Field – Lance Barksdale; Right Field – Brian Knight
Weather: Temperature: 90 °F (32 °C), clear; Wind: 11 mph, in from left field
Time of Game: 2:59
Attendance: 40,933


See also


  1. All-Star Game winners
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  8. Finn, Chad (November 7, 2008). "Red Sox ask to host 2012 All-Star Game". Boston.com. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  9. Vockrodt, Steve (June 13, 2010). "Kansas City will host 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
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  13. "Darvish and Freese win, going to All-Star Game". MLB.com. July 5, 2012.
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  18. "La Russa's last game is a first". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 11, 2012.
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  20. "All of MLB: 45 Triples in the All-Star Game". Baseball Reference. July 10, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
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