Yesterday I made a complaint about the All-Star Game, most specifically the number of players on the two teams.
Because of injuries and pitching rules and just some players not wanting to go to the game, 84 players have been named All-Stars this year. That’s just too many.
But it’s not fair to just sit back and complain about something without at least making some attempt to suggest a better/different way of doing things. So here are a couple of suggestions, all which have some level of fault, which will make the Mid-Summer Classic classic again.
Reduce Roster Size: We do not need 34 players per team. This is one baseball game, not a best of 7 series. A roster of 28 players is more than enough. I would have 18 players, two for each position including DH, and 10 pitchers. If this means that some players will play 7, 8 or even 9 innings, so be it. If Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and Carl Yastrzemski and Dave Winfield and Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn, all HOFers, can play 9 innings so can Rickie Weeks and Josh Hamilton.
Players Should Select Starters: Yes I said it, take away the fan vote, at least for the starters. Let the players from each league vote in the starters. Or weight the two sets of votes, fans and players, equal. Top two from each position get in. Which leads directly to the next “fix”.
Not Every Team Needs Representation: Send only the best players to the game. Kansas City’s Aaron Crow is a fine young pitcher, but I’m pretty sure I could find 10 better pitchers that I would want on my all-star roster.
The Best Fix: Move the game to Monday night. This isn’t the 1940’s, players don’t have to take a train from one side of the country to the other to get to the game. Schedule all Sunday games before the ASG as day games. Players can then get to the ASG site on Sunday night for the Monday game, then give all players the next three days off, T-W-R, resume play across the league on Friday. Let’s face it, the biggest beef most of the players have is losing out on the 3 days rest. So give it to them. We get a good game on Monday night while the players are still in baseball mode and they get their 3 day break.