MLB All-Star Game 2014: Full Box Score and Top Storylines from Midsummer Classic

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15:  American League All-Star Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd after being pulled in the fourth inning during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In a perfect world, Major League Baseball's All-Star week would always look like the 2014 version. It started on Sunday with Joey Gallo showing the world why his power is so lauded, then culminated on Tuesday with a fantastic sendoff for Derek Jeter and more proof Mike Trout isn't human. 

Oh, in case you were interested, the American League did defeat the National League, 5-3, but the result almost seems like an afterthought because of the spectacle at Target Field. Even though the game did give the junior circuit home-field advantage in the World Series, no one will remember that aspect when talking about this All-Star Game in the future. 

Thanks to the memorable nature of the 2014 Midsummer Classic, we need to discuss the top storylines from the game. Before we get ahead of ourselves, here's a look at the box score from Tuesday's matchup. 

2014 MLB All Star Game Box Score - NL Hitters
Andrew McCutchen, CF1-3000-0
-Charlie Blackmon, CF0-2001-0
Yasiel Puig, RF0-3003-0
-Hunter Pence, RF0-1000-0
Troy Tulowitzki, SS1-3001-0
-Starlin Castro, SS0-1001-0
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B0-3001-0
-Freddie Freeman, 1B1-1000-0
Giancarlo Stanton, DH0-3001-0
-Anthony Rizzo, DH0-1001-0
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2-3010-0
-Todd Frazier, 3B0-0000-1
Chase Utley, 2B1-1110-0
-Dee Gordon, 2B0-1010-0
--Daniel Murphy, 2B0-1001-0
Jonathan Lucroy, C2-2200-0
-Devin Mesoraco, C0-1001-0
--Miguel Montero, C0-1000-0
Carlos Gomez, LF0-2001-0
-Josh Harrison, LF0-2001-0
2014 MLB All-Star Game Box Score - NL Pitchers
Adam Wainwright1.033-32-0
Clayton Kershaw1.000-01-0
Alfredo Simon1.010-01-0
Zack Greinke1.000-01-0
Pat Neshek0.132-20-0
Tyler Clippard0.200-00-0
Francisco Rodriguez1.000-00-1
Craig Kimbrel1.000-03-0
Tony Watson0.100-00-0
Aroldis Chapman0.200-00-0
2014 MLB All-Star Game Box Score - AL Hitters
Derek Jeter, SS2-2010-0
-Alexei Ramirez, SS1-2010-0
--Erick Aybar, SS0-0000-0
Mike Trout, LF2-3210-0
-Brandon Moss, RF0-1001-0
Robinson Cano, 2B0-2002-0
-Jose Altuve, 2B0-0100-0
--Ian Kinsler, 2B0-1001-0
Miguel Cabrera, 1B1-3210-0
-Jose Abreu, 1B0-1000-0
Jose Bautista, RF0-2001-0
-Yoenis Cespedes, LF0-2000-0
Nelson Cruz, DH0-2001-0
-Kyle Seager, DH0-2000-0
Adam Jones, CF0-2001-0
-Adrian Beltre, 3B0-0000-1
Josh Donaldson, 3B0-2001-0
-Michael Brantley, CF0-1000-0
Salvador Perez, C0-1000-0
-Derek Norris, C1-2011-0
--Kurt Suzuki, C0-0000-0
2014 MLB All-Star Game Box Score - AL Pitchers
Felix Hernandez1.010-02-0
Jon Lester1.032-20-0
Yu Darvish1.000-01-0
Chris Sale1.011-11-0
Max Scherzer1.010-02-0
Scott Kazmir0.210-01-0
Koji Uehara0.100-01-0
Greg Holland1.000-01-0
Sean Doolittle0.210-02-0
Fernando Rodney0.100-01-1
Glen Perkins1.000-01-0


Derek Jeter Goes Out in the Most Derek Jeter Way

Fans and analysts who follow stats closely have long scoffed at the notion Jeter is a good defensive shortstop. There have been single seasons where he's rated above average, but overall, New York's captain has cost his team more runs in the field than saved by metrics. 

It was only fitting, then, that the first play of the game was a smash off the bat of Andrew McCutchen to Jeter's left. The Yankees superstar went into a full-extension dive, grabbed the ball and came within an eyelash of getting the speedy Cutch at first base. 

There's never been any question about Jeter's bat. He's built a Hall of Fame resume going to the opposite field, so how appropriate that his two hits went to right.

We can debate forever whether Adam Wainwright "grooved" a pitch for Jeter's first hit, a double, to give him a proper sendoff. The St. Louis starter told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that he wanted to give him something hittable. 

Wainwright tried to backtrack during an in-game interview with Erin Andrews, via Drew Silva of, claiming he wasn't giving anyone anything:

I’m very competitive. I think I said yesterday that I didn’t want Derek Jeter to get a hit. I think I said it today, even, before I pitched. So I don’t know. It’s a distraction and I do not want to be a distraction. I wanted it to be all for Derek. If anything is taking away from his moment then I sincerely apologize. At no point in my career have I gone out and intentionally given up hits.

At this point, who cares whether the pitches were right there? Did anyone raise their arms and cry foul when Chan Ho Park gave Cal Ripken a batting-practice fastball down the middle of the plate in 2001?

All that matters is Jeter got his big moment on the All-Star stage and took advantage of it the same way he has throughout his career. 


The Symbolic Passing of the Torch

Similar to Jeter's opposite-field hits, how appropriate was it that during his final All-Star game, Mike Trout was named MVP of the game?

The Los Angeles Angels superstar has been the best player in baseball since 2012, should have two AL MVP trophies on his mantle already and continues to defy all expectations by getting better every year, including a .310/.400/.606 line in 2014. 

This All-Star game was a microcosm of everything Trout does well on a baseball field. He tripled off the wall following Jeter's leadoff double, had an RBI double in the fifth and made a few nice plays in the outfield. 

Trout's performance with the bat was one for the record books, as noted by ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter:

If there's any justice in the baseball world, which isn't often the case with the Baseball Writers' Association, it won't be the only MVP award Trout wins this season. 

At the very least, Jeter knows that he's walking away from the sport and leaving it in Trout's very capable hands to lead the next generation of superstars. 


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