Selig’s Folly: The All-Star Game

If Bud Selig were alive, none of this would be happening.
–Skip Caray

Baseball’s All-Star Game is a sick farce. Free agency and inter-league infected it. Bud Selig led it to its death bed. For forty years it was the premier exhibition game of all sports precisely because the players treated it not as an exhibition, but as a contest to prove which league was better. It thrived because it was played for pride.

In 2003, to make the game “count,” the commissioner gave home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that won the All Star Game. By doing so he created a mockery for field managers in the game.

If the game is supposed to count, why are there contradictions to that purpose? The players are chosen by the fans in a fraud vote. The commissioner’s office even encourages fans to “vote early and often.” If the game counts, each manager should choose the players he thinks will help him win.

To make matters worse, each team must have at least one player at the game. The manager has no say in that rule. Also, he’s under pressure to get every player into the game. Finally, the manager is expected to take out his starting pitcher after an inning or two, no matter how dominating that pitcher may be.

But even if the managers were allowed to manage to win, it would be still a stupid way to determine home-field advantage in the World Series. The logical way is for the team with the best regular season record to get home-field edge.

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