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All-Star Game is losing star power

Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2011 8:46 pm
Try making a list of players who could get you to turn on the television just to watch them play.

Albert Pujols? Justin Verlander? Alex Rodriguez? Felix Hernandez? Jose Reyes? Chipper Jones? Derek Jeter?

You see what I'm getting at?

For all the debate over whether Bruce Bochy snubbed Andrew McCutchen, the real developing problem with Tuesday night's All-Star Game is that, intentionally or not, it's the game itself that is getting snubbed.

All-Star Games need star power. All-Star Games need stars.

The game's greatest stars gathering in the desert, or whatever that annoying TV promo has told us for months.

Or some of the game's greatest stars. Or a few of the game's greatest stars.

I'm not assigning fault here. I'm not suggesting that we've headed back to the 1990s, when too many stars did all they could to avoid the All-Star Game.

Pujols didn't make the team because he had a sub-par first half, got hurt and plays a position filled with other outstanding players. Verlander and Hernandez made the team but are pitching for their own teams on Sunday and thus will be ineligible to pitch on Tuesday.

A-Rod and Chipper both have bad knees and may both end up having surgery.

Ryan Braun, who got the most votes of any player in the National League, has a sore left leg and will miss the All-Star Game, too.

At least Braun's injury allowed Bochy to add the deserving McCutchen to the team, which Bochy did Saturday night.

The reasons for the absences really don't matter. The problem for baseball is that an All-Star Game that has already seen fading interest is now going to be played without so many stars who people would watch.

Mariano Rivera? CC Sabathia? Cole Hamels? Matt Cain?

It's true that Jeter's decision to pull out of the game (citing the calf injury that forced him to the DL for three weeks) allowed Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera to be the rightful American League starter at shortstop. It's true that Cabrera is having a far better season than Jeter, is far more "deserving."

But Jeter just became the 28th player with 3,000 career hits.

Who do you think the average fan is more likely to tune in and watch, Derek Jeter or Asdrubal Cabrera?

There will be great players in Phoenix. But there will be so many great players missing.

Too many.

It's no one's fault. But it is too bad.


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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:45 pm

All-Star Game is losing star power

One "power" I wish was permanently lost from the All Star Game is determining home field advantage for the World Series.

Either this is an exhibition game or it is not, but it can't be both. If it "counts," then both managers should be able to play whomever they want for as long as they want, with no need to sub in anyone -- including pitchers. If I were Bochy, I'd stay with Halladay for a complete game if he was pitching well because he gives me the best chance of winning the game.Of course, this is not the spirit of the ASG and neither manager will contemplate this strategy precisely because it is an exhinition game voted on by the fans and for their entertainment.

Give WS home field advantage back to the team that earns it over the course of the season -- the team with the most wins.


Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:43 pm

All-Star Game is losing star power

The All Star game has lost it's punch.  Any player "voted" in, deserving or not, with the least little injury will balk on it for the few extra days off to get ready for the second half.  Especially if his team is in a race.  Why wouldn't he balk.  The Home Run spectacle gets all the press and is touted as the big attraction in the two day event.  Bud boy has done nothing for the event, the fans "vote" in players that aren't deservinf of playing in it.  I think one of the biggest turn offs is Bud Boy mixing in the World Series with this game.  Pure stupidity.  He felt the game needed some punch, so give the winning team home field advantage during the Series.  Tell you what, try this for two years and see how it works, let the fans vote, but also have the managers and coaches vote (not for anyone on their teams), put the two lists together and there are teh starters and the backups for each position.  Let the prior years WS managers have that last decision.  This way the fans might not get exactly what they want, but the game will reward the players that have done their job and it won't be just a popularity contest anymore.  Try it and see if it works, if it doesn't what did you loose, the game has no appeal anymore anyway.

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