With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, trade talks are at their usual mid-season high. Below we’ve compiled a list of 2015 All-Stars who have been traded or rumored in trade, ranging from from virtual “done deals” to wishful thinking.
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- July 14, 2015
- American League 6, National League 3
- Mike Trout, Angels
- Notable Records/Firsts:
- First time a pitcher struck out the side on 10 pitches or less (Jacob deGrom); First back-to-back MVP (Mike Trout)
- Noteworthy Storylines:
- Kansas City ballot stuffing; Todd Frazier voting campaign; Home Run Derby format change; Pete Rose allowed to participate in festivities
- Official Website
What makes the MLB All-Star Game unique, in comparison to the all-star games of other sports, is the level of competition. Although it’s a great spectacle to see the best players on the field together, it’s more than just a showcase; the players play with greater intensity, thanks to a combination of tradition, a comparatively lower likelihood of injury, and the fact that home-field advantage in the World Series is on the line.
This combination of talent and effort leads to some great matchups and excellent individual performances. Here are my top five performances from the 2015 All-Star Game: