What’s Wrong With Baseball’s All-Star Game?

I include being an avid football and hockey fan in my resume, yet I never watch their all-stars or pro-bowl games, because in my opinion, you can not perfect timing, which is critical for quality play in these sports, in one media frenzied week of practice. The games are a farce.

Baseball, however, is a rather unique sport, which although being a team sport, is also strongly an individual sport, which can be played to a high degree of skill level with total strangers. Don’t get me wrong, baseball is won and lost as a team effort over the long haul, but a single game can be dominated by one or two players.

Based on this argument,  boxbets  Baseball’s All-Star game should be an exciting and action filled game which would grip the avid baseball fan around the throat and not let go until the last out of the game. So how come interest in Baseball’s All-Star game is only slightly higher than a lousy football Pre-season game? Let’s investigate what may be wrong and how to possibly solve the issues.

I realize the intent of MLB allowing fans to vote for the two league’s All-Star players, increased fan participation and interest, but does it actually work? In my opinion…No. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out a large market team, such as the Yankees and Red Sox, will draw more votes than a small market team such as Tampa or Colorado.

This may, and sometimes does, result in a less skilled player being elected to the team, but at times there is such a glaring foul up of who made it and who didn’t, it makes the entire seriousness and validity of the game a joke.

I must admit I’m guilty of this crime for I vote for my team’s players exclusively, because to do otherwise would be considered treason. I’m true blue to God, Family, Country and the Cardinals.

MLB, which would never publicly admit making a mistake, attempted to correct this small mistake of fan voting, and created a Huge Mistake by granting home field advantage in the World Series to the league which won the All-Star game.

They have now taken the results of a meaningless game and have negatively affected the outcome of the World Series, baseball’s showcase. Baseball continues to gang up on Pete Rose, one of baseball’s greatest players, for betting on baseball, yet continue to manipulate millions of dollars in gambling revenue by awarding the “Home Field Advantage,” which is proven to affect the outcomes between two evenly matched opponents. Talk about calling the kettle black.

Pitching, not any different than any other ball game, decides who wins the All-Star game, period. The issue with pitching is it’s not used to win or lose the game, but rather is treated like a restricted rehab assignment. A pitcher can strike out the side on 9 pitches, but will be replaced the next inning. Why, there is too much money invested in these pitchers to risk a chance of injury or fatigue which would negatively affect their home team when season play resumes.

Managers are forced to be politically correct and play every player on the roster. Do everyday managers make it a point to play their entire roster every game, of course not. They play to win and could care less if a player pouts because he didn’t get the chance to play.

Let’s summarize a bit.

1. Although fan voting for All-Star players is Ok, it doesn’t necessarily mean the best players are chosen.

2. As a former player, I would be thankful so many fans voted for me, but I’d be honored to be selected by my peers, the players I do battle with on a daily basis, and believe I would subconsciously play harder.

3. Pitching is no longer pitching. The days of a hurler throwing a 12 inning game are long gone, replaced by pitch counts, which could result in him being pulled in the fourth inning of a tied game. So pitchers will not be used as a pitcher in the All-Star game.

4. Managers are held accountable to a political correct game, not a masterful managing job.

5. MLB is on the verge of destroying the Fall Classic, if it continues with the stupidity of awarding home field advantage to a particular league based on the outcome of a poorly played and poorly managed All-Star game.

Here’s a few suggestions I’d like to put forth for baseball to ponder.

1. Eliminate the World Series home field result.

2. Instead of using starting pitchers, use relief pitchers for the game. Unlike starters, they are accustomed to warming up quickly and throwing one or two innings. They are in their natural realm and risk of injury is very limited, plus it won’t affect a team’s starting rotation schedule.

3. Use coaches, voted on by managers, to manage the teams. These coaches would be the best of the best, with aspirations of becoming managers. Let’s give them a chance to display their talent.

 

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