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The MLB doesn’t usually celebrate its All-Star Game holiday in the fall, but this year, as we celebrate our nation’s independence, it works out beautifully. This year’s festivities will take place tonight in Washington, D.C. in front of the home of the Washington Nationals, the newer ballpark RFK on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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)
The MLB All-Star Break is almost here, and one of the most underrated events is one that will likely feature some of the sport’s biggest stars in the future. The MLB All-Star Futures Game is a bit hidden, as it takes place on Sunday, July 11th around the same time MLB teams play their final game before the break. The Futures Game will start at 3:00 p.m. ET from Coors Field in Denver and can be seen on MLB Network or streamed on MLB.com.
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)