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The 2001 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 72nd playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 2001 at Safeco Fieldmarker in Seattlemarker, Washingtonmarker, home of the Seattle Mariners of the American League. The American League defeated the National League, 4–1. This was Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 19th and final All-Star Game.


Players in italics have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Famemarker.

National League

Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Mike Piazza Mets 9
1B Todd Helton Rockies 2
2B Jeff Kent Giants 3
3B Chipper Jones Braves 5
SS Rich Aurilia Giants 1
OF Barry Bonds Giants 10
OF Luis Gonzalez Diamondbacks 2
OF Sammy Sosa Cubs 5

Position Player Team All-Star Games
P John Burkett Braves 2
P Mike Hampton Rockies 2
P Randy Johnson Diamondbacks 8
P Jon Lieber Cubs 1
P Matt Morris Cardinals 1
P Chan Ho Park Dodgers 1
P Rick Reed Mets 2
P Curt Schilling Diamondbacks 4
P Jeff Shaw Dodgers 2
P Ben Sheets Brewers 1
P Billy Wagner Astros 2
Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Charles Johnson Marlins 2
1B Sean Casey Reds 2
1B Ryan Klesko Padres 1
3B Phil Nevin Padres 1
3B Albert Pujols Cardinals 1
SS Jimmy Rollins Phillies 1
OF Moisés Alou Astros 4
OF Lance Berkman Astros 1
OF Cliff Floyd Marlins 2
OF Brian Giles Pirates 2
OF Vladimir Guerrero Expos 3
OF Larry Walker Rockies 5

American League

Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Iván Rodríguez Rangers 10
1B John Olerud Mariners 2
2B Bret Boone Mariners 2
3B Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 19
SS Alex Rodriguez Rangers 4
OF Juan González Indians 3
OF Manny Ramírez Red Sox 5
OF Ichiro Suzuki Mariners 1
DH Edgar Martínez Mariners 6

Position Player Team All-Star Games
P Roger Clemens Yankees 8
P Freddy Garcia Mariners 1
P Joe Mays Twins 1
P Eric Milton Twins 1
P Jeff Nelson Mariners 1
P Troy Percival Angels 4
P Andy Pettitte Yankees 2
P Paul Quantrill Blue Jays 1
P Mariano Rivera Yankees 4
P Kazuhiro Sasaki Mariners 1
P Mike Stanton Yankees 1

Position Player Team All-Star Games
C Jorge Posada Yankees 2
1B Tony Clark Tigers 1
1B Jason Giambi Athletics 2
1B Mike Sweeney Royals 2
2B Roberto Alomar Indians 12
3B Troy Glaus Angels 2
SS Cristian Guzman Twins 1
SS Derek Jeter Yankees 4
OF Mike Cameron Mariners 1
OF Magglio Ordóñez White Sox 3
OF Greg Vaughn Devil Rays 4
OF Bernie Williams Yankees 5



Home Plate Dana DeMuth
First Base Dale Scott
Second Base Jim Joyce
Third Base Jerry Layne
Left Field Ron Kulpa
Right Field Tony Randazzo

Starting lineups

National League American League
Order Player Team Position Order Player Team Position
1 Luis Gonzalez Diamondbacks RF 1 Ichiro Suzuki Mariners CF
2 Todd Helton Rockies 1B 2 Alex Rodriguez Rangers SS
3 Barry Bonds Giants LF 3 Manny Ramírez Red Sox LF
4 Sammy Sosa Cubs CF 4 Bret Boone Mariners 2B
5 Larry Walker Rockies DH 5 Juan González Indians RF
6 Mike Piazza Mets C 6 John Olerud Mariners 1B
7 Chipper Jones Braves 3B 7 Edgar Martínez Mariners DH
8 Jeff Kent Giants 2B 8 Cal Ripken, Jr. Orioles 3B
9 Rich Aurilia Giants SS 9 Iván Rodríguez Rangers C
Randy Johnson Diamondbacks P Roger Clemens Yankees P

Game summary

In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez elected to switch to third base so Cal Ripken Jr. could play his original shortstop position, which the crowd applauded. Seattle's own Ichiro Suzuki gave his hometown fans something to cheer for early, when in the first, he singled off starter Randy Johnson, and then stole second. Randy Johnson stranded him at second to hold the AL scoreless in the first inning. Ripken followed this with a solo home run in the third inning, which also got a standing ovation, to put the AL up 1–0.

The AL scored one more run in the fifth when Iván Rodríguez singled home Jason Giambi to make it 2–0. Ryan Klesko hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one in the sixth, scoring Jeff Kent from third. In the sixth, with the score 2–1, Derek Jeter and Magglio Ordóñez hit back to back home runs off Jon Lieber to extend the AL's lead to 4–1.

That ended the scoring for the night. Mariner closer Kazuhiro Sasaki retired the side in order in the ninth to secure the win for the AL. Cal Ripken was awarded the game's MVP, becoming the fourth player ever to win two All-Star Game MVP awards.

Home Run Derby

Safeco Fieldmarker, Seattle -- N.L. 41, A.L. 25
Player Team Round 1 Semis Finals Totals
Diamondbacks 5 5 6 16
Cubs 3 8 2 13
A's 14 6 20
Giants 7 3 10
Mariners 3 3
Rockies 2 2
Rangers 2 2
Angels 0 0


Cal Ripken, Jr., most famous during his career as a shortstop, was elected as a third baseman to start the game. Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez was elected to start at short. However, Rodriguez insisted that Ripken playing shortstop for the first inning. American League manager Joe Torre agreed and allowed the change. When fans noticed the fielding change, they gave both players a standing ovation.

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