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FutureStarrBaseball All Star Futures Game
The Baseball All-Star Futures Game showcases Minor League talent up-and-coming stars of the future. With baseball season winding down, we hold out hope that a few of them will break onto the big league roster as September rolls around.
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.
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. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Ninety-nine players have competed in both the All-Star Futures Game and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In 2012, 30 Major League All-Stars were alumni of the Futures Game. Nine players -- Jose Altuve, Adam Dunn, Neftali Feliz, Jason Heyward, Bryce Harper, Francisco Liriano, Evan Longoria, Ben Sheets and Geovany Soto -- appeared in the Futures Game and were named to the All-Star Game in the following season.
One spot remains open on each roster. For the first time, fans will determine the final player on both the U.S. and World Team rosters by casting their votes in the All-Star Sunday Futures Finalists (#FuturesFinalists) ballot. Tyler Austin (Yankees), Nick Castellanos (Tigers), Garin Cecchini (Red Sox), Courtney Hawkins (White Sox) and Brandon Nimmo (Mets) are the candidates for the U.S. team and Javier Baez (Cubs), Ji-Man Choi (Mariners), Carlos Correa (Astros), Renato Nunez (Athletics) and Rougned Odor (Rangers) eligible for the World squad. (Source: www.milb.com)