Prince Fielder became the first Milwaukee Brewer to win the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player last night in Phoenix by virtue of his three-run homer in the National League’s convincing 5-1 triumph over the Americans.
It got me to thinking that the White Sox have never boasted the Midsummer Classic’s MVP since the award’s inception in 1962. Then I wondered how many other existing teams have the dubious distinction.
For the record, in addition to the South Siders, the Blue Jays and Tigers in the A.L. and Astros, Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Rockies in the N.L. have never had an MVP. To clarify, a player wearing a Washington Nationals uniform has never attained the honor, but the club won it on multiple occasions when the franchise was known as the Montreal Expos.
The two 2011 Sox All-Stars did nothing to make a bid for the MVP. Carlos Quentin popped out in foul territory and reached on an error. Paul Konerko walked and grounded out to end the game.
Maybe next year.