Let’s face it – we all watched some part of last night’s MLB All-Star Game because there was absolutely nothing else on. It was fun for a while, and then you started to notice the flaws. By the time the game was over, no one cared anymore.
The All-Star Game will never be as huge as it once was, but at the very least, it could be more exciting. Here are some suggestions.
Expand the rosters:
Every year, people bitch and moan (sometimes rightfully so) about deserving players left off the All-Star team. Why does there need to be some arbitrary roster restriction? Does anyone care about this? If you set some parameters – say, any player with 20 homers, over 60 RBI or 10 wins is in – you’ve covered most of the people who got screwed.
Ditch the World Series rule:
Why should a mercy selection from the Pirates get to determine who has home-field advantage in the World Series? This was a shortsighted move from the start, and it’s done nothing to enhance the quality of the game. What would motivate the players? Read on…
Show them the money:
Give the winners a $100,000 bonus and I bet you’ll see guys going hard on every play. Throw in extra cash for triples, homers, multiple strikeouts, runs scored, etc. and you’ll get an entirely different game. There’s nothing pro athletes love more than dollar dollar bills, y’all. (Except maybe groupies.)
Tinker with the rules:
Why does an exhibition game have to follow the rules to the letter of the law? Why not have one inning where teams get two outs, or a frame where batters only get two strikes? That would heighten everyone’s focus, and, more importantly, make the game go faster.
Finish with the starters:
By the time close games are decided, the so-called “best” players have been sitting on the bench for six innings. Why not save the starters until the final three innings, when the game is on the line? Yeah, they wouldn’t be “starters” anymore, but the game would be more exciting with the 36th player on the roster on the bench instead of in the field.