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Your take on the All-Star Game

Posted on: June 16, 2009 3:44 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2009 4:26 pm
Well, with the All-Star game being in St. Louis this year, I'm as excited for this game as I'll ever be for an All-Star game. Over the recent years there has been a ton of changes in it, most notably is the whole "This game counts" slogan; the fact that the game decides home field advantage for the World Series. It's been talked about a lot around Cardinals nation lately, and here is one of the major sticking points. Would you want Trevor Hoffman (or any other reliever that isn't on the team you root for) to be on the mound in the 9th inning against say Joe Mauer with the game, and home field advantage in the World Series for YOUR team on the line? I know I personally don't want it being decided over something that we have no control of.

Now on to the next big issue, voting for the starting lineups. This, to me, is a pretty bad idea the way it is currently set up, especially in these times with the internet and being able to vote "up to 25 times" for your players. Come on now, we're all intelligent people (for the most part), and we all know that there are people out there pulling for certain players who may not be truly deserving of a spot in the game. We've all heard of the grass roots campaigns and people stuffing the vote box. All you have to do is change your email address you're voting under, and you can vote another 25 times for your player(s). This also comes into effect with the bigger market teams. Take for instance Jimmy Rollins leading the shortstop voting at this point in time, or (this is everyone's favorite) Manny Ramirez being 6th in the voting when he's been suspended for 50 games. Now no disrespect to Jimmy Rollins, he's a great ball player, and I like the way he plays the game. But he's not having an all-star caliber season. He's hitting just .217 with a .254 OBP right now, and yet he leads Hanley Ramirez who is hitting .330 with an OBP of .395. How do you justify that? Personally my solution is to let the players and coaches votes help offset the fan voting. I know the players and coaches already vote in part of the team, but I think they need to do something to take care of people voting in people who don't deserve to be out there deciding who gets home field advantage in the World Series.

Anyway, those are the two major things that I wanted to bring up, and I'm sure other people will have other issues that I have left out.


Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 12, 2009 1:36 pm

Your take on the All-Star Game

Home field advantage is matters.  It's like 54% to 46% in favor of home field, historically.  I think they have that number on fangraphs or baseball prospectus.  Then add in the extra bat for AL rosters, it gives them an even greater advantage come WS time.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 8:19 pm

Your take on the All-Star Game

I don't think the Home Field Advantage thing really matters, as long as your team is good, you should be able to win at least one game on the road, if not, then you probably shouldn't be in the World Series.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2009 6:20 pm

Your take on the All-Star Game

In all honesty, I really don't have a major problem, but I would like to see Ryan Franklin getting the final out for our team because it is in Saint Louis.  That would be a nice addition, having the home team's closer get the final out.  Anyway, My point here is that I think that all the NL fans are upset with the system because we havent won in 10+ years.  I might be wrong, but I really think that the only reason we are complaining is because we haven't won.  If we won all those years and always hade home field advantage, we would have no problem with the system.  Quite frankly, if the fans want Jimmy Rollins in the All-Star game more than Hanley, then so be it.  But one player shouldn't change the outcome of the All-Star game. Besides, Rollins could breakout and hit a grand slam for all we know.  The AL, to my extent, doesn't have any probvlems with the setup because they are better at winning with it.  I don't think that we should change all the rules of the all star game because one team keeps winning, but maybe try a new approach.  For example, how about electing middle relievers into the all star game like Mark DiFeliece, or Carlos Marmol....idk my knowledge of middle relievers on other teams is limited, but you get the idea.  Or maybe get a bunch of .300 hitters and instead of hitting HR's all the time, try to play small ball in the ASG for once and see where that takes us.  Basically, I don't think we should immediately change all the ASG rules because we can't win with them, but maybe try a new approach and strategy to cope with the new rules and use them to OUR advantage.  That's my take on the ASG, anyways.

Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:09 am

Your take on the All-Star Game

I personally hate the fact that the "All-Star" game determines home field for the World Series. I don't like systems that cheapen the regular season.You could set the regular season record for wins, and a wild card team could have home field because their league won the "All-Star" game , that is assine in my book.

Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2009 4:19 pm

Your take on the All-Star Game

I was unaware that the NFL had adopted such a system, but then again, I don't follow the NFL with the same passion I follow baseball with.

I think that would work out quite well, or possibly have some alterations made to it. Seeing as there are 32 players on each team's roster, the fans could still elect at least 5 or more players solely based on fan voting. Also the final player vote can definitely stick, sure it's subject to the same internet ballot stuffing, but we're talking about the last person to make the roster, not the starting lineup.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2009 4:06 pm

Your take on the All-Star Game

Maybe it is time to go to a system like the NFL where the fans get 1/3 of the vote, the players get 1/3 of the vote, and the coaches get the other third.  I agree that pure fan voting doesn't always give you the best starting lineups.  This way the fans still have a voice, and so do the players and coaches.

If the home advantage wasn't at stake, it really wouldn't be any big deal who picks the players since it is an exhibition game.  Home field makes the game important to the league champions, therefore maybe the voting system should have some modifications made to it.

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