2013 All-Star Game: Records in Danger of Being Broken at Citi Field
Baseball's great history has been forged largely on its most-hallowed records. While the Midsummer Classic is one of the most celebrated events of the baseball season, the records associated with the game aren't as known as some of the sport's other historic marks.
After all, it is just one game.
Nonetheless, this year's game presents the opportunity for three records to be broken by one or more of its participants.
Most Innings Pitched Without Allowing a Walk
Current Mark: 8.2 innings pitched—Roy Halladay
Who could break the record this season: Mariano Rivera
Playing in his final season, Rivera is seemingly in for a year filled with record-breaking opportunities. With eight All-Star innings under his belt in his career, Rivera has never issued a base on balls. He needs just one inning of work without allowing a walk to pass Halladay for most All-Star innings pitched without issuing a free pass.
This seems like almost a lock to be broken, as I can't imagine Rivera not getting an opportunity to work an inning in his last All-Star game appearance. He's issued only seven walks in 33.1 innings pitched so far this season, so he should be able to get the job done.
Youngest All-Star Game MVP
Current Mark: Ken Griffey, Jr.—22 years and seven months
Who could break the record this season: Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Mike Trout and Jose Fernandez
Some of these guys have at least one more season to break this record, but this is the last or only opportunity for Trout. Trout turns 22 next month.
There are tons of possibilities here as players like Trout and Harper will have good opportunities to make an impact as starters. The others will need to make their mark as reserves.
Team With Most All-Star Game MVPs
Current Mark: Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants—six
Who could break the record this season: Orioles: Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Machado, Giants: Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Marco Scutaro
Both the Giants and Orioles have had great success in the All-Star Game, but you have to like the Orioles' chances to gain a seventh MVP winner over the Giants.
Not only do the Orioles have the first-half MVP in Davis, but they also have three starting position players. There are no guarantees, but the O's have a leg up in this race.
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