Since the Sox are off tonight, don’t forget to check out the free preview for MLB Extra Innings (July 16 – July 22).
I may be in the minority, but I like the idea of having home field advantage on the line in this game. I remember a few years ago when this had turned into a mickey mouse event. I look at basketball, which becomes a boring dunk-fest unless it’s close in the last few minutes of the game. The Pro Bowl is a complete afterthought. Now, we actually have some legitimate interest and will to win the All-Star Game.
- Let the managers pick ALL the players. If you’d like to keep fan interaction, I would let the fans pick the STARTERS AFTER the roster has already been picked. That way you’re not wasting roster spots by a guy who gets selected thanks to popularity.
- Either remove or tweak the requirement that every team must have a representative. If you must keep this rule from a business standpoint because it helps ratings for some little kid Washington fan, then let the managers pick their entire team first without the limitation or requirement, and then add on the single representatives for the teams missing (what’s a few extra roster spots?). Hypothetically, if the roster 30 players, pick those 30 without any team requirement, and then if 8 teams don’t have a rep, add 8 more guys. I’m not going to lie, when I was younger I had an interest to when guys like Magglio would get in the game. It’s a cool moment if your team guy does well, especially if your team isn’t playing well. It’s also nice to get some recognition for your team’s guys that are performing well.