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|All-Star Futures Game|
|Location(s)||Varies (see prose)|
|Inaugurated||July 11, 1999, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Most recent||July 7, 2019, Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Previous event||July 15, 2018, Nationals Park, Washington, DC|
|Participants||Minor League Baseball players|
|Organized by||Major League Baseball|
The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB). Started in 1999, a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries compete against each other. It is played as part of the festivities of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The Futures Game was conceived by Jimmie Lee Solomon, an Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, looking for an event to showcase the minor leagues and round out the All-Star week festivities. Early versions of the game created marginal interest in the baseball community, but the event has attracted more attention in later years.
Rosters are selected by a joint committee consisting of people from Major League Baseball, MLB.com, and Baseball America magazine. All 30 MLB organizations are represented, with up to two players from any organisation and 25 players per team. One team is made up of prospects from American League organizations and the other of National League prospects. From 1999 to 2018, teams were divided into U.S. and World teams based on place of birth. Any player selected to the All-Star Futures Game but promoted to the majors prior to the game is replaced.
The game is played by the same rules listed in the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. Exceptions are game duration and the handling of tie games. From 2008 through 2018, games lasted 9 innings. From 1999 to 2007 and since 2019, games last seven innings. Through 2018, up to two extra innings were available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings. Since 2019, one extra inning may be played, with each half-inning starting with a runner at second base, the last player put out. The home team wins if they take the lead in the 7th or 8th inning; the visitors win if they hang on in either inning; the game is over if it is tied after eight.
Two major changes took place in the 2008 game:
- For the first time, the United States team was drawn from the pool of players selected by USA Baseball for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
- The game lasted nine innings in regulation, rather than seven.
Two major changes took place in the 2019 game:
- The teams are now called the National League and American League. Players for each are drawn from affiliates of MLB teams in the corresponding MLB leagues.
- The regulation game is now seven innings. If the game is tied after seven, one additional inning is played, with each batting team starting its half with a runner on second base. The 2019 game was tied 2–all after seven innings of regulation, no runs were scored in the eighth inning, and that was how the game ended.
- Note: For the award winners, see the "MVP" column in the "Results" section (below).
See also: Baseball awards § U.S. minor leagues
Each year, an award is presented to the game's most valuable player. In 2003, the name was changed from Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award to the Larry Doby Award. (The similarly-named Larry Doby Legacy Award is an entirely separate award presented by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.)
|MVP||Most Valuable Player|
|MLB All-Star on a future occasion|
|U.S. (13 wins)||World (7 wins)||tie (1)|
|U.S. (102 runs)||World (86 runs)|
- Game shortened to seven innings after a four-hour rain delay in the first inning.
- Game lasted the maximum of eight innings.
- Game cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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- Mayo, Jonathan (July 7, 2019). "These players turned heads at Futures Game". MLB.com. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Castrovince, Anthony (July 3, 2020). "All-Star Game Canceled; Dodgers to Host in 2022". MLB.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
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