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FutureStarr2007 All Star Futures Game
The MLB All-Star Futures Game is a minor league baseball game where the best prospects from each organization are scouted by scouts from other Major League Baseball (MLB) teams.
The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB) in conjunction with the mid-summer MLB All-Star Game. A team of American League-affiliated prospects competes against a team of National League-affiliated prospects. From the inaugural 1999 event through 2018, teams of prospects from the United States faced off against teams of prospects from other countries.
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. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
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. In 2019 and since 2021, 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.
Tolbert was a four-year starter, mostly at shortstop, at Mississippi (preceding 2007 Reds second-round pick Zack Cozart), and never hit better than .301 for the Rebels. However, his slick glove and versatility (he can play any infield position) earned him a jump to Double-A New Britain in 2006, where he began and ended the season. He raised eyebrows by hitting .311 in the Arizona Fall League, and his contact-oriented approach from both sides of the plate had him ranked third in the International League in batting as the Futures Game approached. (Source: www.baseballamerica.com)