Baseball’s biggest stars gather annually for the Midsummer Classic, and one player always shines brighter than the rest.
The MLB All-Star Game dates back over 90 years, and the league began naming an MVP for the game in 1962. Since then, the award has been handed out 61 times, but it hasn’t always been as simple as handing out one award each year.
Ahead of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, here’s a deep dive into the game’s MVP award:
Who is the MLB All-Star Game MVP trophy named after?
The award was originally called the Arch Ward Memorial Award. Arch Ward was a sports editor for The Chicago Tribune and is credited for creating the MLB All-Star Game.
The name changed to the Commissioner’s Trophy in 1970. That name only stuck through 1984, though, because the World Series trophy was renamed the Commissioner’s Trophy the following season. With the World Series taking the trophy’s name, the All-Star MVP honor went back to its original name.
The trophy underwent another name change in 2002, when it was switched to the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award, named after the Boston Red Sox slugger who died earlier that year. The name has been in use for the last 20 years.
What does the MLB All-Star Game MVP trophy look like?
Just like the name, the MLB All-Star Game trophy has changed over the years.
The physical award was once a conventional trophy. It switched in the late 1990s to a smaller, glass trophy.
These days, the All-Star MVP winner receives a glass bat engraved with their name.
How much do players earn for winning MLB All-Star Game MVP?
There is no set prize pool for the MLB All-Star Game MVP, though Mike Trout is a previous winner who put language in his contract to get a bonus for earning the award. Players on the winning team share a prize pool, which was listed at $640,000 in the previous collective bargaining agreement.
Along with a trophy, there is a four-wheel prize on the line when it comes to All-Star Game MVP. The winner gets to pick one of two vehicles from Chevrolet, the sponsor for the award. Based on advertising for the 2022 award, this year’s MVP will get either a Silverado ZR2 or Silverado High Country.
Who votes for MLB All-Star Game MVP?
Fans have a say in who wins MLB All-Star Game MVP, but not as much as the media.
The online fan ballot accounts for 20% of the vote. Fan voting can be found here and opens in the sixth inning.
The other 80% of the MVP vote comes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the announcers from the All-Star Game’s broadcast right holders, which is FOX.
Which player has won the most MLB All-Star Game MVPs?
Five players have ever earned multiple MLB All-Star Game MVP awards.
Willie Mays, Steve Garvey, Gary Carter, Cal Ripken Jr. and Trout all received hardware twice. Trout is the only player in league history to win the honor in consecutive seasons, doing so in 2014 and 2015.
Every MLB All-Star Game MVP
For the most part, each season has one All-Star Game MVP. In a few rare cases, the number was either zero or two.
In 1962, the second of two years in which there were two All-Star Games, two Los Angeles players took home the honor. There were also two MVPs in 1975, but those two players earned it in the same game.
The 2002 season had one of the strangest All-Star Game situations, period. The contest notoriously ended in a tie after 11 innings, so not only was there no winner, but the MLB ultimately decided not to name an MVP for the game at Miller Park.
Here are the players who took home MVP honors at every MLB All-Star Game:
1962: Maury Wills, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
1962: Leon Wagner, OF, Los Angeles Angels
1963: Willie Mays, OF, San Francisco Giants
1964: Johnny Callison, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
1965: Juan Marichal, P, San Francisco Giants
1966: Brooks Robinson, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
1967: Tony Perez, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
1968: Willie Mays, OF, San Francisco Giants
1969: Willie McCovey, 1B, San Francisco Giants
1970: Carl Yastrzemski, OF, Boston Red Sox
1971: Frank Robinson, OF, Baltimore Orioles
1972: Joe Morgan, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
1973: Bobby Bonds, OF, San Francisco Giants
1974: Steve Garvey, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
1976: George Foster, OF, Cincinnati Reds
1977: Don Sutton, P, Los Angeles Dodgers
1978: Steve Garvey, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
1979: Dave Parker, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
1980: Ken Griffey, OF, Cincinnati Reds
1981: Gary Carter, C, Montreal Expos
1982: Dave Concepcion, SS, Cincinnati Reds
1983: Fred Lynn, OF, California Angels
1984: Gary Carter, C, Montreal Expos
1985: La Marr Hoyt, P, San Diego Padres
1986: Roger Clemens, P, Boston Red Sox
1987: Tim Raines, OF, Montreal Expos
1988: Terry Steinbach, C, Oakland Athletics
1989: Bo Jackson, OF, Kansas City Royals
1990: Julio Franco, 2B, Texas Rangers
1991: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles
1992: Ken Griffey Jr., OF, Seattle Mariners
1993: Kirby Puckett, OF, Minnesota Twins
1994: Fred McGriff, 1B, Atlanta Braves
1995: Jeff Conine, OF, Florida Marlins
1996: Mike Piazza, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
1997: Sandy Alomar Jr., C, Cleveland Indians
1998: Roberto Alomar, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
1999: Pedro Martinez, P, Boston Red Sox
2000: Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
2001: Cal Ripken Jr., SS, Baltimore Orioles
2002: No MVP named
2003: Garret Anderson, OF, Anaheim Angels
2004: Alfonso Soriano, 2B, Texas Rangers
2005: Miguel Tejada, SS, Baltimore Orioles
2006: Michael Young, 2B, Texas Rangers
2007: Ichiro Suzuki, OF, Seattle Mariners
2008: J.D. Drew, OF, Boston Red Sox
2009: Carl Crawford, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
2010: Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves
2011: Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers
2012: Melky Cabrera, OF, San Francisco Giants
2013: Mariano Rivera, P, New York Yankees
2014: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
2015: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
2016: Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City Royals
2017: Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners
2018: Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros
2019: Shane Bieber, P, Cleveland Indians
2020: No event held (COVID-19 pandemic)
2021: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Toronto Blue Jays