It's All-Star week for
the MLB...it has a history of changes for its origination back
in 1933. Concoted as part of the Chicago World Fair of 1933, it
was billed as a "one time" affair between the Nationals and the
American Leagues. It was determined that
fans would vote in the
participants and, to demonstrate a touch of altruism, proceeds
would go to help indigent former baseball players. On July 6,
1933 at Comisky Park, the American League won 4-2 as each
manager played "to win"--pride was at stake. Babe Ruth's two run
HR blast was the key blow of the game.
While the Chicago organizers had
planned only for this one-time affair, MLB couldn't pass up the
opportunity to promote their game. For decades, it was very
popular with the fans. Eventually as interest waned, other ideas
were promulgated. A 2nd All-Star game appeared in 1959, as
the number of teams increased- the rosters were expanded, in
2003 World series home advantage became a part of the outcome, a
HR derby has become part of the affair. However, interest in
All-Star games of all sports is on the slide--too many players
"pass on it", some don't play hard, some sports don't have
defense being played. From my point of view, it's simply become
another revenue boost for players (already taking home millions
of dollars) and not much entertainment for the fans.
So....let's revamp it.....I'm throwing out some ideas (some
simple and maybe some radical but let's be entertained!
First of all....make the entire event(s) purely
entertainment-- no carryover to World Series implications.
Let the World series advantage be awarded to the League that
wins the most games during inter-league play.
Shorten the roster! It is absolutely
ridiculous to have such large rosters. Each team does not need a
representative. Prior to cable TV, fans didn't have the chance
to see these players. Now, many Americans see these "stars"
regularly on national TV. If an MLB team doesn't have an
All-star-- so be it! Why pretend? I would recommend 15
field players and 10 pitchers.
I would have ALL the field players bat in
the same batting order with the player with highest vote getter
batting first, the 2nd man hits 2nd, through the starting 8
positions. Batting 9th-15th spots could also be by vote (these
are the non-starting players). PItchers would NOT ever bat or be
listed in the batting order. Why? They don't ever hit
anyway?When is the last time that a pitcher batted in the
Some players may play 9 innings, all
starters would play a mimimum of 5 innings. Pitchers may pitch 3
innings and should pitch more than 1 inning unless they've been
Competition would be heightened for the players
by paying the winning team double/triple what the losing team
receives. No All-Star bonuses would be permitted in player
contracts. Make the All0
If a player refuses to play without being on the
That's it for me this week.