It is utterly ridiculous that the MLB All Star game decides what team will get home field advantage during the World Series. There is no rhyme or reason behind it except that they can now tout the phrase "Now it means something".
Commissioner Bud Selig’s decision to let the All Star game decide anything beyond who gets bragging rights is one of the biggest farces in sports. But ok, since the decision HAS been made to let the game determine an edge in the World Series, then there are changes that must be made. That said, let it be known that even with the below changes, I am not in favor if the All Star game being anything more than a fun, exhibition game.
Fans should not vote – All Star rosters should be comprised of players based on decisions by managers and coaches in order to field the best team and not the most popular. You can’t tell me that Chipper Jones (voted in as this year’s NL starting third baseman) is the best the NL has to offer in 2011.
Each team should not be represented – There will be better players watching the All Star game on TV than some of the players that were only selected for the sole purpose of representing a team.
Pitchers/position players appearance limits – To win a game at all costs, a manager needs to keep his best pitcher on the mound as long as he is effective and play the position players a full nine innings that give his team the best chance to win. Instead, rosters are changed every few innings, starters are pitching relief and closers are not closing (and we all know how that often goes).
It’s just not fair – With a long, grueling season of 162 games, it really says something to walk away with the best record. Should home field advantage in the World Series be determined by an outcome developed by players that are comprised of different team members for one day? No. Or at least it shouldn’t be.
Another question I must ask is if the same passion exists for players from out of contention teams like the Marlins, Orioles, Astros, etc. Whereas, we know players from playoff favorites such as the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox and so forth are undoubtedly going to play harder. Just one more hitch in Selig’s master plan.
Bottom line is this - The team with the best record at the end of the year should have home field advantage in the World Series – period. To lose home field advantage because of a factor in which a team has no control is preposterous. No sir. This is one of the worst examples of damaging a sport’s integrity in order to receive higher ratings.