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Another American League and A New Superstar Emerges
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2014 All-Star Game Honors Captain Clutch

Another American League and A New Superstar Emerges

MikeTroutAllStarMVP The 2015 Mid-Summer Classic, which is more commonly known as the MLB All-Star Game, lived up to its name once again on Tuesday, July 14. As home runs soared and rising MLB legends continued to write their names in baseball history, the competition proved to be quite entertaining as players put differences aside in a match-up between the National and American Leagues.

Although both teams featured a roster of the top talent in the MLB, the game escalated quickly in the American League’s favor as the ever-talented Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a ball into the stands with his first plate appearance of what would prove to be an epic night. As the fourth ever leadoff homer in the top of the first in an All-Star Game, Trout made history with the first leadoff homerun in an All-Star Game in 26 years, which happened to occur three years before this All-Star was even born. Trout didn’t stop the thrilling moments there, and neither did the rest of the All-Star lineup. The American League took off with a 1-0 lead lasting into the bottom of the second, when the National League came back with a run to settle the score. Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt brought it home on an RBI single in the second for the NL,but the tie didn’t last long. The AL jumped ahead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, when Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen knocked out a homer, but it was just too late. The AL continued to dominate, matching McCutchen’s run as Brain Dozier followed up by sending one flying out of the park.Throughout the night, the pitching mound made noise as Los Angeles Dodgers powerhouse Zack Greinke marked 4 strikeouts to become the second best pitcher in All-Star game history, just under 1999’s Pedro Martinez. Meanwhile, Felix Hernandez also added a 4th scoreless inning for his six All-Star Game appearances and 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom struck out three batters on just ten pitches. Despite their stellar performances, Detroit Tigers David Price got the win after throwing a scoreless 4th inning. Pitching at the All-Star Game continued to amaze all night as strike after strike was thrown, 15 total for the National League, but not enough to beat the hyper talented American League lineup. The NL fell to the AL 6-3 in an incredibly captivating All-American style game giving the American League home field advantage during the 2015 World Series.

Although the 2015 All-Star Game was filled with incredible talent all around, the man who deserves immense recognition is four time All-Star Mike Trout. Trout made history last night as the first player to win two consecutive All-Star Game MVP Awards, which puts him on par with eight Hall of Famers, including Ted Williams, but no other two-time MVPs brought home two consecutive awards nor could they do it so early on in their careers. If being named to the All-Star team four consecutive times isn’t impressive enough, Trout played a key role in four All-Star games by the age of 23 is undeniably a top talent in the league. Trout also became just the ninth player to hit for a career cycle during the All-Star Games with his first at bat each game recording a single in 2012, double in 2013, triple in 2014, and a leadoff home run in 2015. There’s no telling until next year’s All-Star match-up how far Trout’s dominance will extend, but what can be told and highly discussed is Mike Trout will quickly rise to the top of the MLB history rankings as the best position player known.

2014 All-Star Game Honors Captain Clutch

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The 2014 MLB All-Star Game brought out all of baseball’s elite stars and provided fans with some memories that will last forever; primarily, the last mid-summer classic that the legendary, Derek Jeter, will attend. The New York Yankees icon is on an epic farewell tour for his last season of a career that will mark the end of an era, but Jeter won’t hang up his cleats without one last clutch All-Star Game performance for his resume.

Derek Jeter enjoyed a huge standing ovation from the entire crowd and fellow players before taking the field at the All-Star Game for his last time. Jeter silenced any critics and produced one of his career best in just the first inning of the 85th MLB All-Star Game. After recording a perfect 2-for-2 and an amazing diving stop in the infield, Jeter watched the rest of the game from the dugout. To end his last All-Star event, Jeter said an emotional goodbye to the fans, as well as his teammates and opponents. Throughout his total of 14 All-Star performances, Derek Jeter will retire with a .481 batting average for the event, which is the second-highest of all-time.

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Representing the Los Angeles Angels to the maximum, Mike Trout became the youngest player to win the All-Star Game MVP after his 2-fo- 3 performance that resulted in two RBIs. The Detroit Tigers were well represented at the mid-season classic, too. Two-time MVP, Miguel Cabrera, hit a home run in the first inning to put the AL ahead, and ace pitcher Max Scherzer took the win after pitching a scoreless fifth inning and striking out two batters. The American League, led by two stars at opposite ends of their career, bested the National League 5-3 for home-field advantage during the World Series.

For a complete run of great 2014 All-Star Game collectibles, fans and collectors can browse our extended selection of items, here. Fans and collectors can preserve these classic moments for a lifetime with a limited edition Derek Jeter collage that will feature images of Jeter during his final All-Star game or a commemorative Mike Trout plaque.

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