What’s In A Game?

People  make curious choices.

On a holiday weekend, a line of more than 100 patrons snaked around the majority of a White Marsh theater in anticipation of their show for the evening. It’s the longest line I’ve ever seen for a movie, especially on a Sunday night. The attraction? The third Transformers movie. Then again, I saw “Larry Crowne,” so it’s not exactly Oscar season at the multiplex.

On the same day that the majority of Baltimore County waited to see robots fight each other, Major League Baseball released the participants for the All-Star Game.

Of all the All-Star games, baseball acts as the gold standard. They actually play for something. The winner of the league gets home field advantage for the World Series, which is an incredible prize for an exhibition game.

It’s a shame they still allow the fans to vote for the starters.

True, the starters rarely impact the game since they only play about four innings and a reserve almost always wins the MVP or collects the most important hit or strikeout.

The system needs change. MLB, who has instituted a form of instant replay and given the champion of the exhibition game an extra gate in October, likes to shake things up after about fifty years or so under the old rules. There’s even an all-DH rule in the game, regardless if the contest is held in a National League park or not.

Baseball must limit the rosters. 66 players for a game in which the manager makes more double switches than a magician isn’t a baseball game. It’s an exercise in confusing people at home scoring the game. Give each side 25 total players. Actually make pitchers toss more than an inning. If you want to make it mean something, make it look like a real game.

Don’t let the fans vote. I love watching Derek Jeter play. He’s just not an All-Star this season. It’s not close. Jeter takes up one extra spot of an already bloated roster.

One of baseball’s premier games of the season needs to transform into its namesake: a game.

We’re waiting.

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One Response

  1. Good points. Whether the managers or the sports writers choose the team, I don’t know how you guarantee objectivity. Look at how long some players have waited to get into Cooperstown because they weren’t popular with the media.

    Unless … you base it on statistics 🙂

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