If It's Not Broke Don't Fix The All Star Game
The All Star Game no longer matters.
I'll be honest, this CBA isn't that big of a shocker. Everything that was controversial was pushed to he side or compromised and watered down. HOWEVER, the fact that the All Star Game no longer holds any weight is a shocker and a mistake. As of 2017 the MLB All Star Game will no longer decided which league has Home Field Advantage in the World Series.
Rob Manfred has done an okay job as Commissioner so far. Really, he's been good for the league. His pace of play changes haven't made a crazy impact in games, and I'm all aboard the Instant Replay train, BUT THIS!? Rob Manfred made a huge mistake, and it's one that no other League Commissioner has every done; he's following the lead of the NHL.
The National Hockey League has a problem with their All Star Game. It's not fun to watch. The NHL All Star Game should be renamed the All Score Game, because every year it's like one billion to two billion. Last year, the NHL changed formats SO THAT IT'S NOT EVEN A FULL GAME. YOU PLAY THREE GAMES IN THREE PERIODS, THE WINNING TEAM ADVANCES. IT SUCKS. WHY HAVE IT? Each team is picked by the captains of the conference and they play for a share of a large chunk of money.
This also sucks. Why do I want to watch millionaires play a game of baseball for more millions of dollars? D you think that's what I want Rob? DO YOU? I don't. The All Star Game lacks purpose, not because of what it is, but because of the weight the players give it. Saying that Home Field Advantage is not enough of a reason to win, is dumb, Robby. It's the only thing.
AND LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS. People have been pointing to the fact that the American League has had Home Field in the World Series all, but THREE TIMES since the Rule was put in place, this is a fact. This is possibly National League owners trying to tip the scale, but if those people would do their jobs they would see that in the last 30 years, from 1986 to 2016, the NL has won the All Star Game EIGHT TIMES. EIGHT. TIMES. THIS IS THE DUMBEST CHANGE OF ALL TIME. YOU JUST MADE THIS GAME UNWATCHABLE.
The problem wth the All Star Game is not Home Field Advantage or that the player don't care, IT'S THE ONLINE VOTING. IF I WANTED TO WATCH A ROYALS GAME I WOULD FUCKING WATCH A ROYALS GAME. THE ONLINE VOTING AND CAMPAIGNS TO GET YOUR GUYS INTO THE GAME IS WHAT IS MAKING THIS GAME BORING.
This year there were 4 Chicago Cubs in the Starting Lineup for the NL, just under half. Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist all took the field to start. Now, Daniel Murphy and Corey Seager should have started the game, but that's neither here nor there, HOWEVER that breaks up this Cubs infield we had. For comparison, the most exciting All Star Game that I ever watched was 1999 at Fenway. Those lineups are the best players of that time period. Only two players in the National League' starting lineup played for the same team (Matt Williams and Jay Bell for Arizona). The American League was made up of Rangers, Indians, Red Sox, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. But we're talking about Roberto Alomar and Omar Vizquel, not Addison Russell.
Look, Robby Rob, I get it, man. You want to inject some fun into Baseball. I get it, but maybe it's fun already. Maybe this change doesn't bring us closer to the game, but actually pushes us away. When the NHL announced online voting for their 2016 All Star Game in Nashville, fans took to the website and didn't vote for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick or Steven Stamkos, instead they voted for Jon Scott, a veteran enforcer who was never the best player in the game, but had put in the hard work. Scott quickly climbed to the top of the voting and when voting closed, he was at the top. The NHL freaked out. I was working at the NHL store at the time and 75% of the people who came in wanted a John Scott shirt or Jersey or something, but we didn't sell any. Instead, the NHL orchestrated a trade with the Arizona Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens that took Scott off his team and into the minors, making him ineligible for the All Star Game.
Fans didn't take kindly to the shafting of a guy like Scott who we all began to fall in love with. The stories about his daughters, about how being voted into the All Star Game was the biggest moment of his life and made him the proudest to be a hockey player. The Fans revolted and the NHL reinstated Scott for the All Star Game. He didn't wear a team jersey or a team patch, he wore a regular All Star Game jersey. And when they introduced him the place went wild. John Scott was named 2016 MVP of the All Star Game and took home a Captain's share of the prize pool.
John Scott wasn't the best guy in the league, but he had the heart of a hockey player and the fans who voted for him rallied together to celebrate that. Maybe instead of asking players to compete for cash, we should use the All Star Game to celebrate our players. No one cared that Cespedes was an All Star, but everyone loved seeing Bartolo in San Diego. There's something cool about seeing the hometown hero in an All Star Game, like this year in San Diego with Wil Myers. It's going to be very sad when Jose Fernandez isn't there for the start in Miami next year, but it's about celebrating guys lie Jose. Make the All Star Game a celebration of the sport, not a celebration of money. It's what we want. We don't get to celebrate the game enough.