Although the MLB All-Star game roster has yet to be decided, we do know the competition between the American League and National League players will be fierce in its 84th edition. At stake? Home-field advantage during the World Series. The two leagues will face off in the annual event Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York. The last time the MLB All-Star game was in New York was in 2008, when the New York Yankees hosted. That year, MLB All Star Home Run Derby tickets averaged $449 and MLB All Star Game tickets averaged $1,460.
Leading the American League All-Star voting are 1B Chris Davis (Orioles), 2B Robinson Cano (Yankees), SS J.J. Hardy (Orioles), 3B Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), C Joe Mauer (Twins), DH David Ortiz (Red Sox), and Adam Jones (Orioles), Mike Trout (Angels), and Nick Markakis (Orioles) in the outfield. Tigers manager Jim Leyland will be managing the AL and will choose the most worthy of pitchers for his team. Leyland will likely select from the Tigers starting rotation considering Detroit has four of the league’s top eight starters. New York Yankees Mariano Rivera will likely close. Jim Leyland selected Robin Ventura and John Gibbons as AL All-Star Game coaches – both have ties to the host team.
Leading the National League All-Star voting are 1B Joey Votto (Reds), 2B Brandon Phillips (Reds), SS Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies), 3B David Wright (Mets), C Yadier Molina (Cardinals), and Carlos Beltran (Cardinals), Justin Upton (Braves), and Bryce Harper (Nationals) in the OF. Bruce Bochy, this year’s NL manager, selected current Mets manager Terry Collins and Davey Johnson as coaches for next month’s All-Star game at Citi Field. Johnson was the Mets manager the last time the host team won the World Series (1986). Official rosters will be announced Saturday, July 6, at 6:30 PM ET on Fox.
Last year the MLB All-Star Game was held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The National League shutout the American League 8-0, giving the San Francisco Giants home-field advantage in the World Series. Unlike other professional league ‘All-Star’ games, there is a lot riding for Major League Baseballs. Melky Cabrera (San Francisco Giants) was awarded the MVP award and Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers) won the derby in 2012.
Other featured events over the weekend include MLB All-Star Sunday where today’s top minor leaguers go head to head in the Future’s Game and the MLB All Star Home Run Derby on Monday where the League’s top hitters square off to determine who can hit the most home runs. In addition, three days prior on July 13, there will be an MLB All-Star Charity Concert benefiting Sandy relief to star the New York Philharmonic with special guest, global superstar Mariah Carey. Tickets are free to Central Park’s Great Lawn event.
The average ticket price to the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star game in Flushing, New York is up 43% from last year, but down 33% since the last time New York hosted the Game (2008). The average ticket to the All-Star game July 16 is $971, up from $680 last year when the game was played in Kansas City. The average price to the July 15 derby is averaging $415 ($34 less than 2008).
|MLB All Star Game Tickets||2013Avg. Price (NYM)||2012Avg. Price (KCR)||2008 Avg. Price (NYY)|
|MLB All Star Game – 3 Day Package||$1,984||N/A||N/A|
|MLB All Star Sunday||$64||N/A||N/A|
|MLB All Star Home Run Derby||$415||N/A||$449|
|MLB All Star Game||$971||$680||$1,460|
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