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|Date||July 14, 2009|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Managers|| American League - Joe Maddon (TB)|
National League - Charlie Manuel (PHI)
|First pitch||President Barack Obama|
|< 2008||Major League Baseball All-Star Game||2010 >|
The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 80th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals. The game was the first all-star game held in St. Louis since Template:Year when. This was the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determines home field advantage in the World Series, with the American League winning all seven games to date under this format. After the game, the National League leads, 40–38–2, but has not won since 1996. Fox televised the contest, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast, joined at the bottom of the 2nd inning by President Barack Obama. Pre-game coverage began at 5 PM US EDT on MLB Network, with ESPN joining in at 7 PM US EDT. Outside the USA, Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) carried MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.
The Cardinals had hoped to use the event to show off its planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark. However the plans have not materialized and Cardinals in March said they will use the old park for a softball field and parking lot during the game.
On April 22, 2009, All-Star balloting began on MLB.com with eight position players (excluding pitchers and designated hitters) from each of the 30 teams being nominated for fans to vote. As with last year, only 25 email ballots could be cast and voting officially ended at 11:59 ET on July 2. Final rosters, with the exception of the final vote, were announced on July 5.
By length of time, this was the shortest MLB All-Star game (2:31) since 1988. At one point during the game, the American League retired 19 straight batters, the second most in All-Star game history.
Final roster spotEdit
After the rosters were revealed, a second ballot of five players per league was created for the All-Star Final Vote to determine the 33rd and final player of each roster. The NL Winner was Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies and the AL winner was Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers. Pablo Sandoval and Ian Kinsler finished a close second in their respective leagues.
|American League||National League|
|Brandon Inge||DET||3B||Shane Victorino||PHI||OF|
|Chone Figgins||LAA||3B||Cristian Guzmán||WAS||SS|
|Ian Kinsler||TEX||2B||Mark Reynolds||ARI||3B|
|Adam Lind||TOR||DH||Pablo Sandoval||SF||3B|
|Carlos Peña||TB||1B||Matt Kemp||LAD||OF|
American League team manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays selected Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman as coaches for the team along with the rest of his Tampa Bay staff. Both managers participated in their first All-Star game this year, while Maddon will manage the All-Star squad for the first time after participating as a coach in 2003.
As the manager of the National League team, Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies has selected Tony La Russa of the host St. Louis Cardinals and Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers as his coaches. Torre previously managed the Cardinals from 1990-1995. La Russa has managed an All-Star team five times, and led the 2005 and 2007 NL teams. This was Torre's first NL All-Star coaching position; he has managed an AL All-Star team six times. Manuel previously coached the AL All-Star team in 2002's tie game under Torre.
Votes were cast online and at the 30 MLB ballparks. Sprint replaced Monster as the sponsor of the online portion of balloting. There was a limit of 25 votes per e-mail address, but no limit to the number of ballots cast at the stadium. The deadline to cast votes was July 2, and the results were broadcast on the TBS All-Star Selection show on July 5. Albert Pujols was the leading vote-getter in the majors with 5,397,374 votes, while Derek Jeter was the vote leader in the American League 
- Template:Note labelCarlos Peña replaced Dustin Pedroia on the roster due to family obligation; Aaron Hill replaced Pedroia as starter at second base.
- Template:Note labelChone Figgins replaced Evan Longoria on the roster due to injury; Michael Young replaced Longoria as starter at third base.
- Template:Note labelNelson Cruz replaced Torii Hunter on the roster due to injury.
- Template:Note labelZach Duke replaced Matt Cain on the roster due to injury.
- Template:Note labelTrevor Hoffman replaced Jonathan Broxton on the roster due to injury.
- Template:Note labelJayson Werth replaced Carlos Beltrán on the roster due to injury; Shane Victorino replaced Beltrán as starter in center field.
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# This player did not play.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by Sheryl Crow. Stan Musial, a former player for the host St. Louis Cardinals and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, gave the baseball for the ceremonial first pitch to the President of the United States Barack Obama, who threw it to the hometown Cardinals' first baseman and leading All-Star vote-getter, Albert Pujols. During the seventh-inning stretch, Sara Evans sang "God Bless America".
By contrast, little attention was paid to the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada". An instrumental version was played through stadium speakers during the opening ceremonies, a move criticized by Canadian player Justin Morneau.
HR Derby/Bullpen CatchersEdit
|Casey R. Moore||National|
The American League scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning. The National League scored 3 in the bottom of the 2nd off a hit by Yadier Molina, and a double by Prince Fielder. The American League tied the score in the 5th on a double by Joe Mauer, and retook the lead when Adam Jones drove in Curtis Granderson on a sacrifice fly in the 8th. Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th inning to record a record 4th All-Star Game save. Carl Crawford went 1-for-3 but made a great defensive catch in the 7th inning to rob Brad Hawpe of a home run. Crawford was given the MLB All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player award.
WP: Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) LP: Heath Bell (0-1) SV: Mariano Rivera (1) 
- The All-Star Fan Fest, an amusement park and a quasi-museum was held July 10–14 at America's Center Convention Center.
- The Pepsi All-Star Concert, one of two new events on the calendar, featuring St. Louis native Sheryl Crow was held at the Gateway Arch on July 11.
- The Sirius XM Radio All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game were held July 12 at Busch Stadium. The World team won the Futures game, 7-5 after seven innings due to rain. Another new event, The Sports Authority/Nike 5K Race and Fun Run, was also held.
- The Gatorade Workout Day and State Farm Home Run Derby took place at Busch Stadium on July 13. Prince Fielder defeated Nelson Cruz in the final round to win the Home Run Derby.
- The Chevrolet Red Carpet All-Star Parade was held on the day of the game in front of Busch Stadium, and carried on MLB Network via tape delay.
- Hall of Famer Stan Musial gave the ceremonial first pitch to United States President Barack Obama to throw to the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols. Mr. Obama thus became the first sitting president to do so since Gerald Ford in 1976.
The game was televised live in the United States by Fox Sports, with announcers Joe Buck (play-by-play); Tim McCarver (color commentator); and Ken Rosenthal, Chris Rose, and Eric Karros (field reporters). MLB International televised the game in English outside of the U.S., with announcers Gary Thorne (play-by-play) and Rick Sutcliffe (color commentator). The American Forces Network also carried the game to U.S. service personnel stationed around the globe.
- ↑ Leach, Matthew. "Countdown begins for '09 All-Star Game", News, MLB.com, 2008-07-16. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
- ↑ Associated Press. "St. Louis gets 2009 All-Star game", Baseball, USA Today, 2007-01-16. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
- ↑ ESPN news services (2007-01-16). Selig signs off on 2009 All-Star Game for St. Louis. ESPN.com. Retrieved on [[2008-07-16]].
- ↑ Matthew, Leach (2007-01-16). St. Louis awarded 2009 All-Star Game. News. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2008-07-16.
- ↑ "Ballpark Village site to become softball field, parking lot for now", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2009-03-19.Template:Dead link
- ↑ Newman, Mark (2009-04-22). All-Star balloting kicks off on MLB.com. MLB.com.
- ↑ "American League, National League All-Star Game staffs announced", News, MLB.com, 2009-06-17. Retrieved on 2009-06-19.
- ↑ Newman, Mark (2009-07-05). All-Star Selection Show live now on TBS. MLB.com.
- ↑ Leach, Matthew (2009-07-05). Pujols leads Majors in All-Star votes. MLB.com.
- ↑ Schlegel, John (2009-07-05). Pujols, Jeter lead star-studded rosters. MLB.com.
- ↑ Musial part of special moment at Classic: Cards' great hands ball to Obama after entering field on cart. MLB.com (2009-07-14). Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
- ↑ "B.C. slugger not happy with instrumental O Canada", Canadian Press, CTV News, Jul. 15 2009. Retrieved on 2009-07-15.
- ↑ Crawford's glove runs AL's unbeaten streak to 13 All-Star Games. ESPN.com (2009-07-15). Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
- ↑ Crawford's catch in 7th clinches award. ESPN.com (2009-07-15). Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
- ↑ 2009 All-Star Game: Events
- ↑ MLB.com Game Data
- Official Site
- Obama Throws Out First Pitch At 2009 All-Star Game - video by The Huffington Post