“It’s special because I didn’t start the game,” Perez recalled. “The game went 15 innings and I didn’t get into the game until the 10th. That means from the beginning through the bottom of the ninth, I never was in that game. But we played long enough for me to get in there and be the MVP. I hit the home run to win.”
That is a reminder just how special the mantle of Most Valuable Player remains over time to its recipients, and now it is about time for you to once again play an important role in the process. Tune into FOX to watch the All-Star Game live starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, and then in the sixth inning, visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
By the sixth inning, some strong candidates will have emerged. The balloting will continue until the MVP is announced immediately following the end of the game. The online fan vote again will count for 20 percent, with the other 80 percent coming onsite from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the announcers from the All-Star Game’s three broadcast rights holders: FOX Sports, ESPN Radio and MLB International.
Who will raise up the glass bat and earn a new ride from Chevrolet? We know this much: It will be someone new. Eric Hosmer of the Royals won last year, but he did not make it onto the American League roster this time. Mike Trout of the Angels won the previous two years, but he will be unable to bid for No. 3 due to rehab from his thumb injury. The previous year was outgoing closer Mariano Rivera, and no All-Star MVPs before that are in this game.
Here are some things to know about the MVP vote:
Only one pitcher has won the award since the fan vote was factored in, and there was an extra sentimental factor in his case because it was Yankees closer Rivera’s All-Star swan song. Here’s the list:
2003: Garret Anderson, Angels
2004: Alfonso Soriano, Rangers
2005: Miguel Tejada, Orioles
2006: Michael Young, Rangers
2007: Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2008: J.D. Drew, Red Sox
2009: Carl Crawford, Rays
2010: Brian McCann, Braves
2011: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2012: Melky Cabrera, Giants
2013: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2014 and ’15: Mike Trout, Angels
2016: Eric Hosmer, Royals
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him @Marathoner and read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com/blogs hub. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.