82nd MLB-All Star Game
ESPN Mobile (8:17 PM)
Buster is on his way! Fire in your questions.
Steve (Jacksonville, FL) [via mobile]
What is your MVP prediction?
Buster Olney (8:33 PM)
MVP Prediction from here: Josh Hamilton, coming back from the tragedy last week in Texas
Dan Mullen (8:33 PM)
Welcome to ESPN Mobile's exclusive Samsung live coverage of the MLB All-Star Game from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Buster Olney will answer your questions and provide insight throughout the night along with my in-game buzz updates throughout the Midsummer Classic.
Luke Benson MD [via mobile]
Why couldn't Jeter have come to Phoenix for at least one event?
Buster Olney (8:36 PM)
Jeter has indicated he's exhausted. My own feeling: He should have come out to be honored, after being voted in.
Buster Olney (8:36 PM)
Interesting point by some of you: If Asdrubal Cabrera makes a case for MVP, you wonder if he'll get an edge because of all the Jeter talk.
Dan Mullen (8:37 PM)
NL All-Stars are being announced on the field and Arizona fans still aren't letting Prince Fielder live down his decision to bypass Justin Upton for the Home Run Derby as he's greeted with a smattering of boos.
Steve cooper (Orlando) [via mobile]
Does it bother you that so many top stars skipped tonight's game?
Dan Mullen (8:39 PM)
We're underway with a quick Curtis Granderson groundout to first base opening play tonight.
Dan Mullen (8:39 PM)
It is 97 degrees in Phoenix but a comfortable 72 degrees inside Chase Field.
Dan Mullen (8:40 PM)
Halladay showing why he's baseball's most-respect starter thus far, a quick strikeout of an overmatched Asdrubal Cabrera.
Buster Olney (8:41 PM)
Funny -- Bruce Bochy giving a shout-out to Adrian Gonzalez: "How you doing, Gonzo?" As in:thank the baseball gods you're not in the NL West.
Dan Mullen (8:42 PM)
Halladay retires the side in order, enducing a soft groundball from AL RBI-leader Gonzalez. A much different result for Gonzalez than the 450+ foot homers he hit during last night's Derby.
Buster Olney (8:46 PM)
Yes, it's a problem that so many stars are backing out. MLB has to get players reinvested. One idea: Captains, like in the Derby
Brian (Los Angeles) [via mobile]
Any chance we'll ever see a rookies vs. sophomore game as part of All-Star festivities?
Dan Mullen (8:47 PM)
Jered Weaver looks up to the task against Halladay, recording two quick outs including a K of Carlos Beltran
Dan Mullen (8:48 PM)
Matt Kemp is the first baserunner of the night thanks to a two-out walk.
Dan Mullen (8:50 PM)
Weaver ends the first-inning with by getting Fielder on a well-struck flyout to Hamilton in left field.
Buster Olney (8:51 PM)
No, they're having enough problems filling out rosters for the All-Star teams; they need the 1-, 2-year players for ASG.
Dan Mullen (8:56 PM)
Top of the 2nd Inning: Scott Rolen shows he can still flash the leather with a strong lunge to his left to get Josh Hamilton. Halladay gets through the second, ending the inning with an Adrian Beltre caught by Matt Holliday just in front of the warning track.
Dan Mullen (8:57 PM)
Just announced in the press box: Josh Beckett attempted to warm up but experienced soreness in his left knee and David Robertson will now take the mound at Chase Field.
Buster Olney (8:59 PM)
The players say there is real anxiety in the first ABs of ASG--you just want to make sure you don't strike out.Lots of first-pitch swinging.
David Jacobs (NY) [via mobile]
How much better than the NL is the AL lineup tonight? Cano's hitting eighth!
Buster Olney (9:00 PM)
Advantage for lineups, in my eyes: AL. Advantage for pitching: NL.
Dan Mullen (9:01 PM)
Jose Bautista showing his more than just a slugger with a highlight-reel sliding catch in the right-field corner to retire Brian McCann
Kyle Lucas [via mobile]
Whats more impressive in your opinion, 3,000 hits or 600 home runs?
Buster Olney (9:01 PM)
Interesting question. The Steroid Era changed the perception of what 600 HR means -- but 3,000 hits still unquestioned.
Buster Olney (9:05 PM)
Jose Bautista, Roy Halladay the early favorites for All-Star Game MVP.
Dan Mullen (9:06 PM)
Lance Berkman records the game's first hit on a single to right field but is erased when David Robertson/Alex Avila retire Berkman and follow Cardinal Matt Holliday on a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play.
Dan Mullen (9:10 PM)
Bruce Bochy goes to another Phillies starter after Roy Halladay's two scoreless innings as Cliff Lee comes on to face lefties David Ortiz and Robinson Cano to start the 3rd inning.
Justin (Atlanta, GA) [via mobile]
What is your favorite All-Star Game memory?
Dan Mullen (9:13 PM)
AL starters showing what we already knew: it's not fun facing Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in any order.
Buster Olney (9:13 PM)
I grew up as a Dodger fan, and I remember being incredibly fired up when Steve Garvey was a write-in winner for All-Star game.
Jimmy (NY, NY) [via mobile]
Why do you think pitching always seems to dominate the ASG?
Buster Olney (9:15 PM)
Great pitching always dominates hitters. And the best pitchers have gathered in Phoenix. Nasty stuff.
Dan Mullen (9:20 PM)
Pitching's certainly dominating tongight as Michael Pineda retires Tulowitzki, Rolen and Weeks to end the third. Still no score here in Phoenix
Dan Mullen (9:21 PM)
Pineda looks every bit the Rookie of the Year frontrunner in consecutive strikeouts of Scott Rolen and Rickie Weeks.
Buster Olney (9:23 PM)
Michael Pineda: Awesome. That was impressive.
Dan Mullen (9:23 PM)
Huge applause from the crowd as Justin Upton enters the game in right field. Now a 'Justin Upton' chant is making it's way through the bleachers.
Buster Olney (9:25 PM)
My 7-year-old was very fired up for the All-Star Game -- but just fell asleep. My wife says he made it through the Derby on Monday, though.
Dan Mullen (9:27 PM)
Adrian Gonzalez ends the NL's no-hit bid and puts the AL on the board with a solo blast to right.
Alberto (San Juan) [via mobile]
Best rookie at the All-Star Game. Who do you have?
Buster Olney (9:27 PM)
Wow, tough question. At the end of today, I think we'll agree Michael Pineda was most dominant in ASG.
Buster Olney (9:28 PM)
And now we actually have a real leader for the MVP: Adrian Gonzalez.
Donald (Orlando, FL) [via mobile]
What can MLB do to ensure players participate in the All-Star Game?
Dan Mullen (9:29 PM)
Prince Fielder isn't making any friends here in Arizona as he fails to corral a Jose Bautista bloop single and Josh Hamilton follows with a solid knock to center
Buster Olney (9:30 PM)
It's a complicated issue, but I think they need to get the players reinvested by picking captains who can apply peer pressure.
Dan Mullen (9:41 PM)
Hunter Pence saves the NL from further damage, cutting down Jose Bautista with a strike from left field. As he said he would earlier this week, Pence makes a major impact on this game
Melissa (Burbank, CA) [via mobile]
Who was the biggest All-Star snub?
Buster Olney (9:42 PM)
When it was all said and done, after 86 players were named, best player not there: Tommy Hanson
Dan Mullen (9:42 PM)
Welcome to Arizona's good graces, Prince Fielder. The Brewers slugger puts the NL on top with a massive three-run homer
Buster Olney (9:43 PM)
All-Star Game MVP leaderboard after that: 1. Fielder, 2. Gonzalez, 3. Halladay. Biggest first impression: Michael Pineda.
Buster Olney (9:43 PM)
Prince Fielder has some new best friends in Arizona.
Jonathan (Boston, MA) [via mobile]
How is the site of the All-Star Game chosen?
Buster Olney (9:44 PM)
Usually the Commissioner's Office will rotate it, with an eye toward the newer parks.
Dan Mullen (9:47 PM)
C.J. Wilson gets out of the inning by striking out Hunter Pence after getting Justin Upton on a lineout to second. But the damage is done on Fielder's three-run bomb
Dan Mullen (9:53 PM)
Three left-handed hitters retired in order by Dodges southpaw Clayton Kershaw in the fifth, score remains 3-1
Jason(Columbus, Ohio) [via mobile]
How long do u believe that MLB will continue to let the ASG determine home field advantage in the world series?
Buster Olney (9:54 PM)
For as long as Bud Selig is commissioner, I'd bet the ASG would determine homefield advantage.
John (Minneapolis) [via mobile]
Who do you think will close for each team tonight?
Buster Olney (9:56 PM)
Based on what I've heard and read, the AL closer would be Jose Valverde, and Brian Wilson for the NL.
Buster Olney (9:57 PM)
Giants staff/players really believe it was very important for them to have Games 1 and 2 of the WS in San Francisco. NL early lead again.
Dan Mullen (10:00 PM)
The NL with a chance to strike again as Tulowitzki punches a leadoff single over the head of 2B Howie Kendrick. Pinch-runner Starlin Castro displays his wheels with a steal of second base
Dan Mullen (10:01 PM)
Starlin takes third for his second steal of the inning but is cut down at the plate on a nifty 1-2 fielder's choice by Jordan Walden
Dan Mullen (10:05 PM)
Rickie Weeks swipes the NL's third bag of the inning. Alex Avila's clearly not here for his defense behind the plate
Dan Mullen (10:07 PM)
Andre Ethier's single plates Rickie Weeks and extends the NL lead to 4-1 heading to the 6th inning.
Dan Mullen (10:08 PM)
Maybe a bit premature but Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard is in line for the win if the NL can hold onto this 3-run lead.
Pete (Iowa City, IA) [via mobile]
Better crop of rookies. This season or last season?
Buster Olney (10:10 PM)
Last year: Posey, Heyward, Garcia, Castro, Strasburg, etc. Most amazing rookie class we've seen.
Vincent(Media PA) [via mobile]
Where would you rank Ryan Howard on a list of all star snubs?
Buster Olney (10:12 PM)
Pretty sure Howard wasn't asked because they didn't want to offend him late in the process by offering belatedly
Buster Olney (10:19 PM)
Heath Bell is a good guy. It was neat to see how excited he was for Adrian Gonzalez during the Derby.
Garrett (Seattle, WA) [via mobile]
Any shot the AL comes back in this one?
Buster Olney (10:22 PM)
The AL could come back, but as we mentioned before the game, NL has big pitching advantage.
Denise (Atlanta, GA) [via mobile]
Thoughts on tonight's game?
Buster Olney (10:23 PM)
The HR must've felt nice for Prince, after boos yesterday. Most dominant P: Michael Pineda.
Dan Mullen (10:23 PM)
Yadier Molina puts a Chris Perez pitch off the base of the left-field wall as the NL continues to bash AL pitching but Justin Upton gets under one, ending the sixth with a popout to left
Dan Mullen (10:29 PM)
Roy Halladay became the first pitcher to work two perfect innings with a strikeout in the All-Star Game since Roger Clemens did it in 2001.
Dan Mullen (10:31 PM)
Jair Jurrjens working on a second inning for the NL squad and Braves teammate Craig Kimbrel is warming up in the bullpen. The world is starting to find out that the Phillies aren't the NL East team fueled by dominant pitching
Russell (Sandusky, Ohio) [via mobile]
Do you think the All-Star game has gotten progressively worse over the years?
Buster Olney (10:32 PM)
I do think the intensity of the game has naturally eroded. I hope they can re-ignite it.
Drew (Seattle, WA) [via mobile]
Has there ever been any talk of having a skills challenge like some of the other major sports during the MLB all-star break?
Buster Olney (10:32 PM)
Yes, there has been -- and in fact, there were some skills competitions in the past. Barry Larkin got hurt.
Dan Mullen (10:33 PM)
Kevin Youkilis draws chants of 'Yooooouuuuuk' from Red Sox Nation with a single but they're quickly quieted as teammate David Ortiz won't get a chance to drive him in as he's lifted for pinch-hitter Paul Konerko.
Dan Mullen (10:42 PM)
Craig Kimbrel puts the NL six outs away from a second consecutive All-Star victory, enducing a slow roller from Howie Kendrick on a 98-MPH heater up in the zone. Through seven innings, Clayton Kershaw is the only NL pitcher who doesn't hail from the NL East.
Dan Mullen (10:43 PM)
It's stretch time at Chase Field and in one of the All-Star Game's fun traditions, the Diamondback faithful scream out the team's name in an attempt drown out fans of all other team's during 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame'
Ronald (Detroit, MI) [via mobile]
The All-Star winner determining homefield is foolish, don't you think? It should be best record.
Buster Olney (10:46 PM)
I'd determine homefield advantage for the WS by how the leagues fare in interleague play.
Tony (Glassboro, NJ) [via mobile]
How has Arizona done with this year's event compared to previous sites?
Buster Olney (10:47 PM)
Arizona has done fine; I thought there would be more protests, but that kind of went away.
Dan Mullen (10:52 PM)
Hunter Pence establishing himself as one of the key performers in tonight's game. After his stellar defensive play early in the game, Pence adds a seventh-inning single and scores on Pablo Sandoval's ground-rule double to left.
ESPN Mobile (10:55 PM)
We head to the eighth inning with the National League comfortably in front, 5-1. Bruce Bochy has plenty of options left in the bullpen and is going to left-hander Johnny Venters, the third Braves pitcher of the night. Brian Wilson is likely to close out tonight's game
Buster Olney (10:56 PM)
AL almost out of position players. There is no sense of continuity in the All-Star Game, nothing building; a parade of cameos.
Dan Mullen (10:56 PM)
Heath Bell is already warming up in the NL bullpen so we could see Bochy go with three different pitchers to get through the eighth inning and hand the lead to Brian Wilson.
Wayne(Scranton, PA) [via mobile]
Do u believe that the home run derby can really mess up a players swing for the second part of the season?
Buster Olney (10:57 PM)
Yes, I think it can; best example, Bobby Abreu. A lot of teams hate it when their guys are asked.
Derek (Philadelphia, PA) [via mobile]
Your World Series prediction as of today?
Buster Olney (10:58 PM)
Before the season, I picked a SF-Boston World Series; I'll stick with that. PHI, ATL, NYY really good.
Dan Mullen (11:01 PM)
Venters overpowers Ellsbury with a slider for the strikeout and is replaced by Padres closer Heath Bell, who ends his trademark sprint from the bullpen with a mid-diamond slide.
Buster Olney (11:01 PM)
OK, Heath Bell just gave us the best moment of the game. Curious to see how big that divot is next to the mound.
Case (Houston, TX) [via mobile]
How about Heath Bell to the Phillies?
Buster Olney (11:12 PM)
The Phillies are thought to be among favorites to get Bell. Brewers, STL, TEX also.
Gary Bennett Portland [via mobile]
Is Bruce Bochy trying to tire out the pitchers on all other NL contenders and not use his own guys?
Buster Olney (11:13 PM)
No, he is expected to use Brian Wilson in the ninth inning. Vogelsong is his extra-inning guy, I think
Dan Mullen (11:13 PM)
Alexi Ogando and Gio Gonzalez combine on a perfect eighth inning, sending the Midsummer Classic to the ninth with the NL leading, 5-1. Pirates reliever Joel Hanrahan is making his way in from the bullpen.
Dan Mullen (11:14 PM)
Jay Bruce earns a round of boos as his inning-ending strikeout left D-backs catcher Miguel Montero in the on-deck circle
Dan Mullen (11:16 PM)
Michael Young, Carlos Quentin and Matt Joyce are scheduled to bat in the nnth
Fred (San Jose, CA) [via mobile]
Who wins MVP?
Buster Olney (11:19 PM)
I'd have to think that Prince Fielder, with his monster homer, is the favorite to win the MVP.
Dan Mullen (11:20 PM)
After Hanrahan K's Young, A Starlin Castro throwing error gives the AL a ninth-inning runner.
Dan Mullen (11:22 PM)
Matt Joyce slaps a single to right and Jay Bruce's wild throw gives the AL runners on second and third.
Dan Mullen (11:23 PM)
Brian Wilson on to pitch to Michael Cuddyer with one out
Dan Mullen (11:25 PM)
Wilson gets Cuddyer on a quick flyout to right, leaving the night in Paul Konerko's hands
Harry (New Jersey) [via mobile]
If Buster Olney is managing, who is he taking to close things out?
Buster Olney (11:26 PM)
Mariano Rivera (among all closers). Greatest ever at his position
Dan Mullen (11:28 PM)
The National League will host Game 1 of the World Series after Wilson slams the door on a 5-1 victory
ESPN Mobile (11:31 PM)
That will do it for tonight's chat. Thanks for all your questions. Follow Buster on Twitter @Buster_ESPN
Dan Mullen (11:32 PM)
That will do it for ESPN's exclusive Samsung coverage of the 2011 Midsummer Classic. Thank you for your time and thanks to Buster Olney for stopping by to answer your questions. You can follow Buster on twitter @Buster_ESPN.