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MLB All-Star Game: A look at the 177 home runs in the game’s history

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Prince Fielder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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There have been 177 home runs in the history of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. Last year, there were a pair of homers hit, both in the fourth inning: Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez connected off Cliff Lee for the American League, and the Brewers Prince Fielder, who was later named the game’s MVP, hit a three-run home run off C.J. Wilson. These were the first HRs in the All-Star Game since 2008, ending a two-year drought of four-baggers

Another significant aspect of Fielder’s home run was that it was the first home run by the Brewers franchise in All-Star Game history. (Note: Four members of the Milwaukee Braves homered in the All-Star Game, but that was as part of the current Atlanta Braves franchise.) Gonzalez’ home run was the 18th HR for a Red Sox player in the All-Star Game, most for any team in the game’s history.

Following are the number of All-Star Game home runs by each of the 30 current MLB franchises.

18: Boston

14: Atlanta

13: St. Louis

12: Detroit

11: L.A. Dodgers, Cincinnati, San Francisco, N.Y. Yankees

9: Pittsburgh

7: Baltimore, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland

5: Washington

4: L.A. Angels, Kansas City, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Seattle, Texas

3: Oakland

2: Chicago White Sox, Colorado, Miami, Houston, N.Y. Mets

1: Milwaukee, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Toronto

0: Arizona

Fielder’s home run ended the long wait for a Brewers franchise player to hit a home run in the All-Star Game. That leaves only the Arizona franchise as the lone franchise without an All-Star Game homer.

Following is a look at the last home run hit by a representative of each franchise in the All-Star Game.

Team, Year, Player

Boston, 2011, Adrian Gonzalez

Milwaukee, 2011, Prince Fielder

Colorado, 2008, Matt Holiday

Chicago Cubs, 2007, Alfonso Soriano

Cleveland, 2007, Victor Martinez

Seattle, 2007, Ichiro Suzuki

Tampa Bay, 2007, Carl Crawford

L.A. Angels, 2006, Vladimir Guerrero

N.Y. Mets, 2006, David Wright

Atlanta, 2005, Andruw Jones

Baltimore, 2005, Miquel Tejada

Texas, 2005, Mark Teixeira

N.Y. Yankees, 2003, Jason Giambi

San Francisco, 2002, Barry Bonds

Chicago White Sox, 2001, Magglio Ordonez

L.A. Dodgers, 1996, Mike Piazza

San Diego, 1996, Ken Caminiti

Houston, 1995, Craig Biggio

Miami, 1995, Jeff Conine

Washington, 1994, Marquis Grissom

Minnesota, 1993, Kirby Puckett

Toronto, 1993, Roberto Alomar

Kansas City, 1989, Bo Jackson

Oakland, 1988, Terry Steinbach

Detroit, 1986, Lou Whitaker

Cincinnati, 1982, Davey Concepcion

Philadelphia, 1981, Mike Schmidt

Pittsburgh, 1981, Dave Parker

St. Louis, 1974, Reggie Smith

Here’s a few quick stats on the 177 All-Star Game home runs:

* The A.L. leads the home run race over the N.L., 94-83.

* Stan Musial has the most ASG home runs with six. He is followed by Ted Williams and Fred Lynn with four each.

* The most All-Star Game home runs have been hit at Tiger Stadium with 15. Second on the list is Cleveland Stadium with 12.

* The most HRs have been hit in the third inning, 24.

* Most home runs in an All-Star Game has been six. That has happened in three games.

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