Monday, July 11, 2011

A Modest All-Star Game Proposal

In the time before SportsCenter and MLB satellite packages, the Midsummer Classic used to be a unique fan showcase of the game's greats. Today, it is a shadow of its former self and needs some fixing.

While Bud Selig's intentions were good when he made the All-Star Game the determinant of home field advantage in the World Series, it was, in fact, one his worst moves as Commissioner. What makes baseball so much better than other sports is the 162-game grind to find out who is best. To render the ultimate series of that marathon subject to the outcome of one exhibition game is absurd. To make matters worse, the silly All-Star selection process waters down the rosters, so the managers don't even have the luxury of putting the best players on the field to win a key game.

Here's a proposed solution. Since the abomination of inter-league play appears here to stay, let's make that the yardstick for who gets home field advantage in the Fall Classic. It's simple, at the end of inter-league play, tally up the wins and losses for each league, and the winner gets home field. This is at least a bigger sample size of the comparative talent in each league—in fact, it's a much bigger sample size.

Bud, this is an easy one. You do the right thing, you make inter-league play more meaningful in the process, and you re-set the All-Star game to what it should be: a fun exhibition.