1998 All-Star Game

Nineteen ninety-eight was considered the year of the homerun as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both set new standards by breaking the all-time single season home run record, the most revered record in all of sports.

The All-Star Game didn't disappoint either and featured three home runs and a record twenty-one combined runs as the American League beat the National League 13-8. The American League had home runs from Seattle's Alex Rodriguez and Baltimore's Roberto Alomar and also stole five bases which set a new All-Star record.

Although the American League dominated for most of the contest, the National League did surge back into the game in the fifth with a three-run homer from the Giants' Barry Bonds, giving the National League a 6-5 lead. Bonds joined his father, Bobby Bonds, as the second father-son combination to hit All-Star Game home runs (Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. are the others).

Despite the National League's best efforts, the American League responded with a three-run rally in the top of sixth. Roberto Alomar collected three hits, homered once, stole a base and was named the All-Star Most Valuable Player exactly one year after his brother Sandy Alomar Jr. captured the family's first All-Star MVP trophy. The American League was hot and determined to close out the decade the same way they had opened it; as winners.

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"All I ever wanted to be was a Yankee." - 1998 All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter

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Game Number
Date / Box Score
Coors Field
Attendance ( Rank )
1 st Pitch
Elias Kurts
Starting Pitchers
Jim Leyland
Lee MacPhail
Vera Clemente

1998 All-Star Game

Line Score

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 0 0 0 4 1 3 1 1 3 13 19 2
National 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 2 0 8 12 1
David Wells
Roger Clemens (3rd)
Brad Radke (4th)
Bartolo Colon (W, 5th)
Rolando Arrojo (6th)
John Wetteland (7th)
Tom Gordon (8th)
Troy Percival (9th)
Greg Maddux
Tom Glavine (3rd)
Kevin Brown (4th)
Andy Ashby (5th)
Ugueth Urbina (L, 6th)
Trevor Hoffman (7th)
Jeff Shaw (8th)
Robb Nen (9th)
Alex Rodriguez (5th)
Roberto Alomar (7th)
Barry Bonds (5th)

1998 All-Star Game

American League All-Star Squad

2. Roberto Alomar Baltimore Orioles 2B MVP
Sandy Alomar, Jr. Cleveland Indians C
Rolando Arrojo Tampa Bay Devil Rays P
Scott Brosius New York Yankees 3B
Roger Clemens Toronto Blue Jays P
Bartolo Colon Cleveland Indians P
Ray Durham Chicago White Sox 2B
Damion Easley Detroit Tigers 2B
Darin Erstad Anaheim Angels OF
4. Juan Gonzalez Texas Rangers OF
Tom Gordon Boston Red Sox P
Ben Grieve Oakland Athletics OF
3. Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners OF
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS
1. Kenny Lofton Cleveland Indians OF
Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox P Did Not Pitch
Paul O'Neill New York Yankees OF
Rafael Palmeiro Baltimore Orioles 1B
Dean Palmer Kansas City Royals 3B
Troy Percival Anaheim Angels P
Brad Radke Minnesota Twins P
Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians OF
8. Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles 3B
6. Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners SS
7. Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers C
Aaron Sele Texas Rangers P Did Not Pitch
5. Jim Thome Cleveland Indians 1B
Mo Vaughn Boston Red Sox 1B Injured
Omar Vizquel Cleveland Indians SS
9. David Wells New York Yankees P Starting Pitcher
John Wetteland Texas Rangers P
Bernie Williams New York Yankees OF Injured
BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

1998 All-Star Game

National League All-Star Squad

Moises Alou Houston Astros OF
Andy Ashby San Diego Padres P
Dante Bichette Colorado Rockies OF
1. Craig Biggio Houston Astros 2B
4. Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants OF
Bret Boone Cincinnati Reds 2B Did Not Play
Kevin Brown San Diego Padres P
Vinny Castilla Colorado Rockies 3B
Andres Galarraga Atlanta Braves 1B
Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves P
2. Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres OF
Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres P
5. Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 3B
Jason Kendall Pittsburgh Pirates C
Javy Lopez Atlanta Braves C
9. Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves P Starting Pitcher
3. Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals 1B
Robb Nen San Francisco Giants P
6. Mike Piazza New York Mets C
Rick Reed New York Mets P Did Not Pitch
Edgar Renteria Florida Marlins SS
Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies P Did Not Pitch
Jeff Shaw Los Angeles Dodgers P
Gary Sheffield Los Angeles Dodgers OF
Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs OF Injured
Ugueth Urbina Montreal Expos P
Greg Vaughn San Diego Padres OF
Fernando Vina Milwaukee Brewers 2B
7. Larry Walker Colorado Rockies OF
8. Walt Weiss Atlanta Braves SS
Devon White Arizona Diamondbacks OF

BOLD = Fan's choice to start the game (Manager chooses pitcher).

Game / Box Links: 1998 Box Score | 1998 Play-by-Play
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Second baseman Roberto Alomar won his first All-Star Most Valuable Player Award because of his home run, walk, stolen base, multiple hits and superb defensive play.

Did you know that the Home Run Derby , played the day before (July 6, 1998) this game, was won by Ken Griffey, Jr. - who did not go deep during this game?

The 1998 All-Star Game featured offense; twenty-one runs scored by both clubs and three home runs, but defensive plays and an error cost the National League a win.

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