In less than 48 hours, the 82nd MLB All-Star Game will be underway down in the desert in Phoenix, Ariz., and the best and brightest of the majors will be on display.
The National League will be looking to capture their second victory in a row after winning the 2010 Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1996, winning home field advantage in the World Series for the first time since the concept was introduced in 2003.
Already this year, we have seen several players who were voted in as starters or picked as reserves who have pulled out of participating in the game due to injury.
Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Ryan Braun, Shane Victorino, Jose Reyes and several pitchers have pulled out for various injury-related issues, and now several players will be playing in their first-ever All-Star games as a result.
Since 1962, the All-Star game has awarded a Most Valuable Player trophy to the most outstanding player in each year’s game, and the leagues are currently tied with 24 winners each. Only twice has the award been given to a player from the losing team (Brooks Robinson in 1966, Carl Yastrzemski in 1970).
However, from 1933-1961, there were several single-game All-Star single-game performance that were worthy of MVP status as well, and a few of those will be covered in this upcoming slide show.
Here then is a ranking of the 25 greatest MLB All-Star game performances in baseball history.
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