WASHINGTON -- Not only will Alex Bregman take home the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award after hitting the go-ahead homer in the 10th inning of the American League's 8-6 win over the National League on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, but the bat Bregman used to hit that homer
WASHINGTON -- Not only will Alex Bregman take home the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award after hitting the go-ahead homer in the 10th inning of the American League's 8-6 win over the National League on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, but the bat Bregman used to hit that homer will be donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Chris Sale's All-Star Game hat and the ball Scooter Gennett belted for the game's seventh homer Tuesday will also head to the Hall of Fame. Additionally, the bat Taylor Trammell used during his MVP performance at the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park will travel north. Each year, select items from the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby and All-Star Futures Game are sent to the Hall of Fame.
In front of his dad, who has ties to former Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, Bregman knocked a dinger to left center field that gave the American League a 6-5 lead in the 10th inning.
"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," Bregman said. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."
Sale's American League hat will be on display in the Hall of Fame mainly because the left-hander became the third pitcher to start three consecutive All-Star Games, joining Hall of Famers Lefty Gomez (1933-35) and Robin Roberts (1953-55). The 29-year-old is the only pitcher to have been named an All-Star in each of the past seven seasons.
Sale's 188 strikeouts are tied for the 12th-most in history prior to the All-Star break. He's 10-4 with an AL-best 2.23 ERA this season. Sale, who enjoyed the All-Star festivities with his 8-year-old son, Rylan, threw a scoreless first inning with one strikeout on nine pitches Tuesday.
"I always really enjoy these events," Sale said. "Everyone sees the game, the Home Run Derby, but there's a lot of things that go in otherwise -- a lot of work done not only by the city and the stadium and the team, but our clubhouse guys, trainers coming in. It's just a great experience and a fun time."
Gennett's two-run homer in the ninth inning marked the seventh of the game, surpassing the previous single-game All-Star Game record of six home runs, which last occured in 1971.
The teams combined for 10 homers by the end of the night after Bregman, George Springer and Joey Votto went long in the 10th inning. The AL and NL each clubbed five home runs, breaking the previous record for the most home runs by one club in an All-Star Game (four).
"The pitchers are really good, but the hitters are really, really good," Francisco Lindor said. "And here most of the hitters are going to be really aggressive, so they get a good pitch to hit, then they're gonna drive it."
Trammel -- the Reds' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline -- finished the Futures Game on Sunday 2-for-2 with a home run and triple, as Team USA beat Team World, 10-6. The 20-year-old's homer traveled about 438 feet, the deepest of the eight home runs in the game.
Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com.