Simply put, there’s no easier punch line in sports right now than Major League Baseball. Whether it’s their stubborn stance on instant replay, their archaic refusal to post videos on YouTube, or Frank McCourt cracking open his piggybank to try to make this month’s payroll, the hits just keep on coming. You make fun of Major League Baseball. I do it. Ultimately, we’re all guilty.
At the same time, to their credit, the MLB has at least been proactive in one area: They’re always tinkering with, and improving their All-Star Game.
While the NBA slogs along with a mostly boring dunk contest that few care about (except when Blake Griffin is jumping over cars) and the Pro Bowl brings as much entertainment value to the table as an episode of Franklin and Bash, baseball’s Midsummer Classic is still, to a large degree, a classic. Since the infamous “tie of 2002,” (which was inarguably its lowest point), baseball has done quite a few things to make the event better. They’ve expanded All-Star rosters, let fans vote on the final player onto each team, and allowed certain guys (most notably pitchers who throw on Sunday) to be replaced, all in the hopes of making things more entertaining. Bud Selig doesn’t do a ton a right, but damn it, at least he’s trying.
Still, that doesn’t mean that the All-Star Game can’t be improved in at least some regards.
Here are 10 Ideas I came up with.