I could probably take up several pages discussing all the reasons why I think the All-Star Game has become a colossal joke, but I’ll hit the main points instead.
For starters, it’s a popularity contest and has been for years. Players that deserve to go don’t, players that don’t deserve to go, do. That’s not a specific comment toward this year’s selections, especially since so many players have bailed, which brings me to my next point.
Players for the most part, just want the days off. Just looking at the Yankees, Derek isn’t going, Alex isn’t going, CC isn’t going, Mo isn’t going, I don’t know if Russell has bailed yet, but he probably should. Other big name players not going; Justin Verlander, David Price, Albert Pujols. Basically, the players people want to see aren’t going, and they’ve been replaced by players that either should have made the team to start with, or shouldn’t be on the team anyway. There’s no reason to watch — it’s turned into the Pro Bowl.
It shouldn’t mean anything, but it does. Why can’t they go back to having the AL and NL rotate as to who has HFA in the World Series and drop this ridiculous idea that the ASG should be meaningful? It’s an exhibition game, these guys shouldn’t have the play like it’s the last game of the regular season, especially since there are players on both teams whose teams have no chance in hell of making the playoffs anyway. Why should they bust their ass for something that won’t affect them? For them it IS a meaningless game.
Like I said, I probably could go into more detail and list about half a dozen more than that, but those are the main issues I have with it. It’s just yet another thing Bud Selig has managed to screw up since he became commish.