Thursday, July 17, 2014

Excerpt: "It Shouldn't Count"

"Let's abandon the idea that the MLB All-Star Game is going to be what it was in 1962, when the leagues were separate in all ways, when they had identities, when the All-Star Game was the only way we had to determine which league was better. Dangling 5% of a small carrot isn't going to make up for the aggressive elimination of almost all of the differences between the leagues. You're not going to make Mike Trout and Yasiel Puig rivals the way Al Kaline and Willie Mays were rivals. That's just not how baseball is structured any longer, and in fact, there are few players left who played in a time when that was so. Like the NBA All-Star Game, the MLB All-Star Game is the interconference gathering of a fraternity."