2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
American League01100003038130
National League0010001121671
DateJuly 17, 2018
VenueNationals Park
CityWashington, D.C.
MVPAlex Bregman (HOU)
Ceremonial first pitchJames McCloughan
TelevisionFox (United States)
MLB International (International)
TV announcersJoe Buck, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci (Fox)
Dan Shulman and Buck Martinez (MLB International)
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred;[1] it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos. For the second straight year, the Houston Astros led both the American League and all of baseball in sending six All-Stars to the game.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.[2]

Fan balloting


Balloting began on June 1 and ended on July 5.[3] As in previous games, the top vote-getters at each position will be the selected starters for their respective positions, barring any suspensions, injuries or other issues. The reserve players are picked in a more convoluted way involving fan votes, players, and Commissioner's Office. For the fourth year, voting was conducted online exclusively.[4] The results were announced on July 8.[5]

Final roster spot

After the rosters were finalized, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 32nd and final player of each roster. The online balloting was conducted from July 8 through July 11.[6] The winners of the All-Star Final Vote were Jean Segura of the American League's Seattle Mariners and Jesús Aguilar of the National League's Milwaukee Brewers.[7]


Roster notes

  1. ^ Trevor Bauer was named as the roster replacement for Justin Verlander due to Verlander starting on Sunday.[8]
  2. ^ Yadier Molina was named as the roster replacement for Buster Posey due to injury.[9]
  3. ^ Jed Lowrie was named as the roster replacement for Gleyber Torres due to injury.[10]
  4. ^ Ross Stripling was named as the roster replacement for Miles Mikolas due to Mikolas starting on Sunday.[11]
  5. ^ Zack Greinke was named as the roster replacement for Jon Lester due to Lester starting on Sunday.[12]
  6. ^ Jeremy Jeffress was named as the roster replacement for Sean Doolittle due to injury.[13]
  7. ^ Blake Snell was named as the roster replacement for Corey Kluber due to injury.[14]
  8. ^ Charlie Morton was named as the roster replacement for Aroldis Chapman due to injury.[14]
  9. ^ Salvador Pérez was named starter in place of Wilson Ramos due to injury.[15]
  10. ^ Yan Gomes was named as the roster replacement for Wilson Ramos due to injury.[16]
#: Indicates player would not play (replaced as per reference notes above).

Game summary

Starting lineup

Line score

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:23 pm (EDT)
Nationals Park in Washington, D. C., 82 °F (28 °C), partly cloudy
American League01100003038130
National League0010001121671
Starting pitchers:
AL: Chris Sale
NL: Max Scherzer
WP: Edwin Díaz (1–0)   LP: Ross Stripling (0–1)   Sv: J. A. Happ (1)
Home runs:
AL: Aaron Judge (1), Mike Trout (1), Jean Segura (1), Alex Bregman (1), George Springer (1)
NL: Willson Contreras (1), Trevor Story (1), Christian Yelich (1), Scooter Gennett (1), Joey Votto (1)
Attendance: 43,843. Time: 3:34.
Umpires: HPTed Barrett (crew chief); 1B – Jim Reynolds; 2BAlfonso Márquez; 3B – Andy Fletcher; LF – Mike Muchlinski; RF – Cory Blaser; Replay Official – Marvin Hudson[17]

See also


  1. "Nationals Park draws 2018 All-Star Game". Asheville Citizen-Times. Asheville, North Carolina. April 7, 2015. p. C3. Retrieved June 16, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  2. "Double TV coverage set for Cards-Cubs game Sunday". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. July 22, 2018.
  3. "All-Star Ballot". MLB.com. Retrieved June 16, 2018. Voting ends July 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  4. "All-Star Game roster rules FAQ". MLB.com. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  5. "Riveting All-Stars earn their stripes for DC trip". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  6. "Final Vote has two ASG spots up for grabs". MLB.com.
  7. Adler, David. "Segura, Aguilar win MLB Final Vote". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  8. "8:15 p.m. Sun: Five Indians, one Pirate make all-star squads". Tribtoday.com. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  9. Langosch, Jenifer (July 9, 2018). "Yadier Molina added to NL All-Star team". MLB.com.
  10. "Lowrie named to first All-Star team". MLB.com. July 10, 2018.
  11. "Stripling added to NL All-Star team". MLB.com. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  12. "Greinke to replace Lester on NL All-Star roster". MLB.com. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  13. "Jeffress becomes fifth Brewer on All-Star team". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  14. "Snell, Morton named to AL All-Star roster". MLB.com. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  15. "Salvy replacing Ramos as AL's starting catcher". MLB.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  16. "Tribe catcher Gomes added to AL All-Star team". MLB.com. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  17. "Umpires, coaches & official scorers announced for 2018 All-Star Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.

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