The All-Star Game, which will turn 80 in three years, may have outlived its usefulness.
Created in 1933 during the Depression to boost interest in baseball during tough economic times, the game has become a caricature of itself. Forced to mean something by the "this time it counts" edict from Bud Selig, the result, as you know, determines home field advantage in the World Series.
This is, of course, ridiculous, especially in an era when one league (the AL) is clearly dominant. The National League hasn't won this game since 1996, although the last four games have all been decided by one run and one of them (2008) went 15 innings.
Now, the rosters have been expanded to the point where just about everyone better than Ryan Theriot is on one of the teams, pitchers selected can't participate if they threw on Sunday, and one designated player can return to the game after leaving if his manager runs out of players.
So how about something different? It's still not a bad idea to have a three or four day break midseason, but what about a different sort of exhibition game? Do a USA vs. the World game, like the futures game. Have an abbreviated World Baseball Classic during this week. Anything else, because this game has become almost laughable.
The World Series home field advantage should go to the team with the better record. And don't give me the nonsense about hotel rooms. The NBA and NHL do it, and with far less notice -- often, they don't even know the dates until the previous series ends. World Series dates are set a year in advance.
Wake up, Bud. Just because your lack of leadership made the 2002 game in your hometown end in a tie, doesn't mean this can't be made right.
|All-Star Starting Pitchers|
|2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez||15-1||18||18||3||2||0||0||127.0||87||31||31||6||46||113||2.20||1.05|
|2010 - David Price||12-4||17||17||2||1||0||0||115.1||95||38||31||9||43||100||2.42||1.20|
I am not sure how many comments tonight's game will generate -- so I'll post TWO overflow threads, one at 8:30 pm CDT and the second at 9:45 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.