ASG players, fans pause to Stand Up to Cancer

MLB, clubs have donated more than $50M to effort since 2009

July 20th, 2022

A time-honored, meaningful tradition continued on Tuesday night when All-Star Game action stopped after the fifth inning for a poignant moment spotlighting the fight against cancer.

Representatives of Major League Baseball, Stand Up to Cancer, Mastercard and FOX as well as all players, coaches, managers, umpires and fans in attendance at Dodger Stadium stood together in a unifying effort to honor those afflicted with the disease. Most held placards featuring names of someone who was either currently in the fight, or in memory of someone who succumbed to the illness.

“Tonight, we deliver a powerful message as we join our partner, Stand Up to Cancer, in reaffirming a commitment to the fight against cancer,” FOX lead announcer Joe Davis said to the crowd. “Major League Baseball, its fans, players and coaches are united in our determination to defeat the disease for our friends, our families and our community. Please stand together with Major League Baseball, Mastercard, FOX and the entire baseball family in support of all those this disease has touched.”

All-Stars lined up in front of the dugout and held up their hand-written tributes. American League manager Dusty Baker’s placard said “Robert Rosemond.” Astros coach Joe Estrada’s card said “Tio Fao.” National League manager Brian Snitker’s card contained several names, including, “My wife.”

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge wrote “Uncle Frank” on his placard. Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. paid tribute to Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez, who is away from the team receiving treatment for cancer. Yankees catcher Jose Trevino’s card contained the name of Tony Beasley, the Rangers’ third-base coach who is a survivor of colorectal cancer.

Padres All-Star third baseman Manny Machado's placard contained three names: Mets first-base coach Wayne Kirby, Yoenny Gonzalez and Pedro Suarez.

Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez wrote “Those who continue to fight” on his placard, while Yankees DH Giancarlo Stanton went with “All.” Phillies All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber also kept his succinct: “Everyone.”

The cameras scanned the crowd, too, and a woman was spotted holding up this card: “Me.”

During the moment, the Vocal Ensemble of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts -- the No. 1 arts high school in America -- performed Andra Day’s “Rise Up” in Dodger Stadium.

The Stand Up to Cancer moment has been a staple of MLB’s top two jewel events -- the All-Star Game and the World Series -- since 2009.

Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that gets new therapies to patients quicker. Since its inception, SU2C has announced nine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals for new cancer therapies supported by SU2C research.

MLB and its 30 Clubs have donated more than $50 million to SU2C since the partnership was first formed in 2009. As a founding donor, MLB has conducted significant awareness-building efforts through public service announcements, in-stadium promotions and various fundraising events.

Learn more about SU2C at