The MLB All Star Game has turned out some of the most amazing plays and offensive performances of all time but there were some less than stellar All Star gatherings mixed in there. The most obvious candidate for for worst MLB All Star Game in history is the the tie game in 2002. Although the game was a great back and forth battle the result left every fan feeling unfulfilled. The following MLB All Star Games are the worst five in history.
2002 MLB All Star Game 7-7 Tie Leaves Fans Flat & Changes Game Forever
Bud Selig’s tenure has many dark days spread throughout. Including the steroid controversy and the controversial strike that damaged baseball for years. The one awful moment that wasn’t Selig’s fault, was the 2002 MLB All Star Game in Selig’s home stadium of Milwaukee.
The game was a fun offensive display that went into the 14th inning and was tied 7-7 when the two managers realized they had run out of pitchers. Both managers sheepishly emerged from their dugouts and then discussed the situation with the umpires. The entire group then moved to the commissioner’s box. To Selig’s credit he was still in his seat and made the final decision. The aftermath of the debacle? Now the winning league receives home field advantage for the World Series, based on an exhibition game.
1961 MLB All Star Game is first All Star Game to End in Tie
There were actually two MLB All Star Games in 1961. The game in Candlestick Park was actually a great game in which the National came from behind and won the game 5-4 in the 10th inning. The MLB All Star Game at Fenway Park was not as memorable. The game was a pitchers dual that ended in a 1-1 tie when rain stopped the game after the ninth inning.
1987 MLB All Star Game in Oakland Sets a New Standard in Boredom
The 1987 MLB All Star Game was an exercise in trying to stay awake. The game took the term pitchers dual to a new level as the game went 12 scoreless innings until Tim Raines finally hit a triple to the gap in Oakland Alameda Stadium, scoring two runs and giving the National League the 2-0 win. More importantly he allowed the fans to finally head to their homes after one of the most uneventful MLB All Star games of all time.
1968 MLB All Star Game in Houston Astrodome Has Only One Run Scored
The 1968 MLB All Star Game continued a streak of three years where the pitchers dominated the hitters. During the late 60’s pitchers were possibly the most dominant in the modern age. Bob Gibson, Mickey Lolich, Jim Palmer and a young Nolan Ryan along with Tom Seaver to name a few were untouchable in the late 60’s. The MLB All Star Game had only one run scored run and the great Willie Mays scored the RBI in the first inning.
1990 MLB All Star Game at Wrigley Field was Huge Disappointment
In 1990, the MLB All Star Game traveled to Wrigley Field to play the game under the newly installed lights. The game turned out to be an unqualified disappointment as the American League pitchers, including Bob Welch, held the National League hitters to only two hits in the entire game.
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