Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mid-Summer Classic: A Classic

As you likely know, the AL celebrated their 10th straight win at the All-Star game with Ichiro Suzuki's MVP effort, which included the first ever inside-the-park in the All-Star game. While the game doesn't count towards MLB.com gamedayritual's regular season, there were some Fantasy highlights of note. You can find the All-Star game box score here.

  • There were 8 total holds awarded in the game... now that's an All-Star total! All possible pitching outcomes were awarded: no decision, W, L, BS, Ho and S.
  • The AL batting FP leader was (naturally) MVP Ichiro with 9 FP (3AB, 1R, 3H, 1 HR, 2 RBI). The NL batting FP high-man was Alfonso Soriano with 6 FP (3AB, 1R, 1H, 2 RBI, 1SO).
  • With the W for the AL, Josh Beckett took out the pitching high-man for the game with 17 FP (2.0IP, 1H, 2SO, 30 pitches, 18 for strikes).
  • While he made a great comeback in All-Star voting, Barry Bonds didn't manage any big-flys on his home field.
  • Position players Michael Young and Albert Pujols missed out on making appearances despite being available. ("Maybe he was saving me for next year's All-Star Game," Pujols jokingly said. LOL!)

And so, the MLB bandwagon moves on from Barry Bonds in the All-Star game to Barry Bonds pursuit of Hank Aaron...

A reminder that this week's MLB.com gamedayritual roster deadline is Thursday July 12, 7:05 PM ET.

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