*All in all, I think Selig has been a very successful commissioner. While there are still a few people that bitch, I don't think there is any way you can honestly say that the Wild Card has been anything but good for baseball. It may not be quite as clear cut, but I think that interleague play has also been good for the game. The high stakes all-star game though? Not so much.
10 July 2008
On the All-Star game
Is there anything in sports more ridiculous than the current state of the MLB All-Star game? I just don't know what to think any more. When MLB announced that the players would get to help fill in the reserves, I thought it was a good idea. I mean, that way Joe Torre couldn't put 50 Yankees on the roster every year. But after this year, I'm just not sure. I mean, Jason Varitek? Jason ".220/.300/.360" Varitek? If it were just an exhibition game, I wouldn't care. I mean, boo-hoo, some millionaire has to go on vacation for a few days rather than play ball. But since Bud Selig* completely overreacted to the tie game a few years ago and decreed that there should be stakes for the all-star game, it actually makes a little bit of a difference. As I have yet to hear any idea that would actually work to fix the selection process, I think the only option is to turn it back into a true exhibition game, with no lasting consequences. Thoughts?