The umpires and official scorers have been named for baseball's 81st All-Star Game, which will be played July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The starting lineups for the All-Star Game will be named Sunday, providing drama and intrigue to the proceedings.
Fan voting for the 2010 All-Star Game is just two days from completion, with ballots closing July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Then, on Sunday, the starters for the July 13 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim will be revealed.
The American League came one step closer to naming its starting lineup for the All-Star Game on Monday, when the league announced its final balloting update before the polls close Thursday night. Tight races remain at first base and in the outfield as fans continue to have chances to make a statement with their remaining votes.
Major League Baseball and People magazine on Monday announced the winners of the All-Stars Among Us campaign, which drew 1.7 million votes in the finalist balloting.
Joe Mauer of the Twins and Albert Pujols of the Cardinals were leading their respective leagues in most overall votes for the 81st All-Star Game on July 13 in Anaheim, and it looks like they also are the popular choices to appear in the State Farm Home Run Derby a night earlier.
Not surprisingly, the dugouts during the XM All-Star Futures Game will have a decidedly Angelic feel to them, because this year's managers have some serious ties to the host team.
The final in-stadium ballots were gathered up on Wednesday night. The suspense is mounting. Vote up to 25 times at MLB.com with the Sprint All-Star Online Ballot and make a difference.
The Angels, hosts of the 2010 Major League All-Star Game at Angel Stadium on July 13 and all the events surrounding the big show, have produced three MVPs on the big Midsummer stage. All were outfielders and all made it happen in the Windy City.
The U.S. and World team rosters for the 2010 XM Futures Game, to be played in Anaheim on All-Star Sunday, July 11, were released Tuesday and they include a whopping 17 former first-round Draft picks.
For the second week running, the projected National League starters for the July 13 All-Star Game remained the same. But given the latest fan-voting results released on Tuesday, something is bound to change before the process concludes at the end of the day on July 1.
While the ultimate decisions about All-Star non-starters rests with the game's managers, fans can influence the managers' decisions by giving deserving players robust vote totals. With that in mind, here are several deserving players in each league whose vote totals could use a boost in the final weeks of fan voting.
Josh Hamilton moved into the starting outfield picture for the 81st All-Star Game on July 13 in Anaheim, and he could thank a mother of two in Fort Worth at least in part for his top-three outfielder ranking in Monday's latest American League voting update.
With a little more than a week remaining for fans to decide the American League starting lineup for the 81st All-Star Game, the most heated competition is currently taking place among outfield teammates.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that the Royals will host the 2012 All-Star Game. It will be the first time the Midsummer Classic will be played in Kansas City since 1973.
For the second consecutive year, youth baseball and softball players will get the chance to participate in MLB's All-Star week festivities.
Perhaps the NL starting lineup for the 81st All-Star Game is beginning to solidify itself, but while the leaders did not change in Tuesday's update of fan balloting, some races remain up for grabs.
A hot month of June has helped put Josh Hamilton's numbers among some of the best in the American League. But will it be enough to catapult him into his third consecutive All-Star Game start?
The 2010 All-Star coaching staffs were announced Thursday, with Joe Girardi adding Mike Scioscia and Bod Geren to the AL unit, and Charlie Manuel including Bud Black and Bruce Bochy on the NL squad.
Former All-Star second baseman and Angels Hall of Famer Bobby Grich will be the official starter of the All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run that will be part of festivities for the 81st Midsummer Classic.
Once viewed as a Los Angeles bedroom community with no central identity or focal point, Orange County's diverse towns have rallied around the Angels as a form of civic pride.
A little more than three weeks remain for fans to vote for starting position players for the 81st All-Star Game in Anaheim. Based on the National League voting update released on Tuesday, Jason Heyward looks poised to be in the NL's starting lineup July 13 at Angel Stadium.
Justin Morneau's hot lefty bat has put him up top in several offensive categories among American League first basemen. Now he can add a new one to that list: All-Star votes.
One of its great All-Star Game fixtures was lost on Wednesday, when Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement. But in April, it gained another slugging left-handed-hitting outfielder, when the Braves' Jason Heyward graced the Major Leagues with his presence.
In celebration of All-Star Week festivities, Major League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products began populating key locations throughout Southern California with 36 varieties of MLB-themed Mickey Mouse statues on Wednesday.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Phillies second baseman Chase Utley hold sizable leads at their positions, but the right side of the infield currently serves as the only run away in terms of fan voting for the National League's All-Star Game starting lineup.
Joe Mauer and Derek Jeter are running away at their positions, but there are close races at first base and in the outfield, and Rays third baseman Evan Longoria increased his lead over Alex Rodriguez in the latest update of AL All-Star voting.
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