The MLB All-Star game isnt just about the current players, it's about the history of the game.

The sport does such a wonderful job remembering their players from the past and honoring them on the summer season's biggest stage.

The 86th All-Star game was held in Cincinnati last night, the city that produced MLB's hit-king as well as one of the greatest offenses MLB has seen. Naturally, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Barry Larkin were voted as the Reds "Franchise Four" and were introduced to a standing ovation.

But only Bench was involved in the ceremonial first pitch.

Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax was then introduced as part of the MLB "Franchise Four" honoring the four greatest living baseball players. Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Bench were also named with the group.

MLB and the Reds could have easily went down the slippery slope of allowing Rose to throw out the first pitch to his former teammate Bench, but elected to go with Koufax, instead.

It was such a great way to end what was a lengthy, but meaningful pregame ceremony. Each team's Franchise Four was announced and honored by the fans in attendance and the million watching around the world. The Phillies have an impressive list.

The 2016 MLB All-Star game will be hosted by the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

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