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MLB All-Star Game 2016 Dull contest show
05-01-2019, 14:10
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MLB All-Star Game 2016 Dull contest show
SAN DIEGO The All-Star Game has delivered its verdict, and the American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series after Tuesday nights 4-2 victory over the National League that was a snooze most of the way. This time, it counted, just like every year since 2003, because Americans do not like ties in sports, even in exhibition games, and something had to be done after Bud Seligs infamous extra-inning shrug.If the gimmick feels a little stale, especially when rosters are set up to give each team a representative, with an online popularity contest deciding the starters, thats because it is. Meanwhile, intrigue in the game itself has been diluted by interleague play. The great draw of the All-Star Game used to be the ability to see matchups you would never get during the regular season between players from opposing leagues. Now, you can see those matchups every day of the season, thanks to the fact that there are 15 teams in each league and MLB has to have constant interleague action.MORE: Top photos from 2016 All-Star Game There are a couple of ways to shake things up. One would be to have a draft, as the NHL has had for its All-Star Game and the NFL has instituted for the Pro Bowl. Another would be to borrow from MLBs own All-Star weekendand go with the Futures Game s matchup of USA vs. World.I dont think you can change it to World vs. United States, Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada said. It sounds like a great idea, and Id be all for Chase Anderson Jersey it, but now that the game means something, you kind of have to leave it as AL vs. NL.But the game doesnt have to mean something. It can be what it was for seven decades: a fun exhibition.Thats not the way its always been, Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist said. (Home-field advantage) always switched back and forth, back in the day. It is what it is right now, and Im not saying it couldnt change at all. I would definitely Christian Yelich Cool Base Navy Jersey be open to (USA vs. World). I think a lot of players would.SCOREBOARD: AL wins again; get the stats Going to a new format would allow for the one type of matchup that nobody ever gets to see, except on the back fields at spring training: teammate vs. teammate. It happened on Sunday when Rockies prospect Jeff Hoffman, pitching for the USA, got Raimel Tapia to bounce out to first base.Jeff Hoffman (Getty Images) I think I have (faced Tapia) a little bit in spring training, Hoffman said. I think I got him a few times. But, man, its different seeing him in the box. Were both smiling at each other. Hes a great hitter, so you dont want to give him anything good to hit. But even when you keep the ball down, like I did, he finds a way to square it up to first base. But I have a good defense behind me. I think it would work (for the All-Star Game). I think its interesting, but at the same time, I dont think the bra s would like it. I think they like to keep guys on the same team and not have that opportunity for somebody to get hurt facing your own guy.The opportunity for injury always exists, though. What a format change would also bring is the chance for interleague stars to team up. Imagine an outfield with both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper in it, for instance. On Sunday, the chance to play for Team USA meant that White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer and Braves shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson got to reunite after having been teammates in college at Vanderbilt.MORE: Futures Game full of potential fantasy stars Awesome, Swanson said. I love that guy, I was like, You think I can call your GM and ask him to trade you? He didnt think that was funny, but I would play with that guy any day of the week. Wherever, whenever, I would be in attendance to make sure I could play with him.Said Fulmer: He is my best friend, so its always nice to be back around him. Hes one of those guys you always want to surround yourself with, and getting an opportunity to play with him today, what can I say? Hes my best friend, my roommate, my teammate. Its nice to see him again. Its interesting. Ive played with a bunch of these guys coming up, through high school, through college. You play with the best from out of the country and in the country. It helps you develop as a player. Its strong competition and its always a challenge.A draft would open up more opportunities for teammate combinations than a USA vs. World game. Especially with the po sibility of expansion down the road leading to realignment, its time for Major League Baseball to start considering its options for making the All-Star Game into a spectacle of an exhibition, rather than a halfhearted show of competition for Brett Phillips Jersey a prize that wont apply to the vast majority of players in the game.MORE: Bryce Harper wants to make All-Star Game fun again As for the current format, if MLB insists on continuing to have the game count, theres still reason to consider an adjustment going forward.At times, it gets ridiculous, Estrada said. I think whoever deserves the opportunity to start should start, and it shouldnt be a popularity contest. This All-Star Game is a popularity contest, which is unfortunate for guys like myself. I dont think Id ever be voted into something like this if it were up to the fans. Youd have your big-name players, they want to pick them. A lot of times, it could just be a big state or even, I gue s, the Blue Jays well, Id have Canada behind me. But its tough. It works for now, but there are some guys that shouldve been starting that dont get that opportunity."
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