Griffin: All-Star Workout Day Notes
81ST ALL-STAR GAME: The first game was played at Comiskey Park in 1933, the brainchild of sports writer Arch Ward. There were two games in the four seasons from 1959-62 but none in the war year 1945. Despite a 12-game AL win streak, the National League leads all-time with a mark of 40-38-2. The last NL win was a 6-0 shutout in Philadelphia in 1996. Two players, Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez, were also in the '96 game and are all-stars in 2010.
YOUNG STARS: The game's stars are getting younger. Proof lies in the fact there are 33 first-time all-stars at this year's game. They include: Jose Bautista, John Buck, Clay Buchholz, Yovani Gallardo, Jason Heyward, Troy Tulowitzki, Trevor Cahill, Jered Weaver, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Fausto Carmona, Neftali Feliz, Phil Hughes, Jon Lester, David Price, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Matt Thornton, Ty Wigginton, Michael Bourn, Marlon Byrd, Matt Capps, Andre Ethier, Omar Infante, Ubaldo Jiminez, Hong-Chih Kuo, Evan Meek, Brandon Phillips, Martin Prado, Arthur Rhodes, Joey Votto, Adam Wainright and Chris Young. The total of 33 first-time stars beats the previous high of 30 set in 1988.
FOREIGN LEGION: Of the 77 players earning the nod to this year's All-Star Game, including injury substitutions, a total of 26 are foreign born, including Joey Votto and Justin Morneau from Canada. Leading the way are 14 from the Dominican Republic, five from Venezuela and then Canada with two. Ubaldo Jimenez is the third Dominican pitcher to start an All-Star Game after Mario Soto (1983) and Pedro Martinez (1999). Cuban-born Luis Tiant in 1967 was the first foreign-born pitcher to start.