Tag:2009 All-Star Game
Posted on: June 16, 2009 3:44 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2009 4:26 pm

Your take on the All-Star Game

Well, with the All-Star game being in St. Louis this year, I'm as excited for this game as I'll ever be for an All-Star game. Over the recent years there has been a ton of changes in it, most notably is the whole "This game counts" slogan; the fact that the game decides home field advantage for the World Series. It's been talked about a lot around Cardinals nation lately, and here is one of the major sticking points. Would you want Trevor Hoffman (or any other reliever that isn't on the team you root for) to be on the mound in the 9th inning against say Joe Mauer with the game, and home field advantage in the World Series for YOUR team on the line? I know I personally don't want it being decided over something that we have no control of.

Now on to the next big issue, voting for the starting lineups. This, to me, is a pretty bad idea the way it is currently set up, especially in these times with the internet and being able to vote "up to 25 times" for your players. Come on now, we're all intelligent people (for the most part), and we all know that there are people out there pulling for certain players who may not be truly deserving of a spot in the game. We've all heard of the grass roots campaigns and people stuffing the vote box. All you have to do is change your email address you're voting under, and you can vote another 25 times for your player(s). This also comes into effect with the bigger market teams. Take for instance Jimmy Rollins leading the shortstop voting at this point in time, or (this is everyone's favorite) Manny Ramirez being 6th in the voting when he's been suspended for 50 games. Now no disrespect to Jimmy Rollins, he's a great ball player, and I like the way he plays the game. But he's not having an all-star caliber season. He's hitting just .217 with a .254 OBP right now, and yet he leads Hanley Ramirez who is hitting .330 with an OBP of .395. How do you justify that? Personally my solution is to let the players and coaches votes help offset the fan voting. I know the players and coaches already vote in part of the team, but I think they need to do something to take care of people voting in people who don't deserve to be out there deciding who gets home field advantage in the World Series.

Anyway, those are the two major things that I wanted to bring up, and I'm sure other people will have other issues that I have left out.

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