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The All-Star Game rosters have been announced, and well, it's still dumb.
The mid-season break is upon us. On July 17, the players voted by the fans will take the field as All-Star Teams. Every year this farce of a game happens, and I hate it every year. I know very few baseball fans that are into the All-Star game, and most would prefer to see it be a break in the season.
The baseball season is a grind. Even the best players get dinged up over the course of 162 games. And so, the league opted to put a rest week in the middle of the season for most players. This is a wonderful idea to let guys rest some weary joints midway through the season.
Unfortunately, for the top players in the league, they find themselves in an extra game. I am proud to see Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, and Javier Baez representing the Cubs. But, I would rather see the starting catcher and Staff Ace get a week off. Part of this might reflect on the memory of Pete Rose blowing up Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star Game. I understand that the mid-season classic is a celebration of the best of the best. But, it seems to be needless risk when it comes in practice.
I would rather see a All-Star vote, and give the players the honors, but without the needless risk of an extra game. Some of the festivities work out pretty well. I enjoy Home Run Derby. The KBO has Bunt King and Targeting Games for pitchers. These types of skill competitions would improve the experience of an All-Star Weekend. It would also prevent undo risk of injury from an extra game for the greatest players in the game.
Thanks to the new CBA, the All-Star game is meaningless. It is a showcase of talent. Thankfully, it is no longer attached to home field advantage during the World Series. I understand playing for pride, and playing for the love of the game. But there is no reason to risk the career or season of a superstar player.
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