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Old 07-10-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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It's ridiculous that home field advantage comes down to ONE GAME and can ultimately be impacted by the mistakes/ failures of one or two players. Why can't MLB just accept the all star game as an exhibition game and nothing more? Home field advantage in the world series should come down to which team participating has the better record.
Blame that "tie" back in the 2002 game for what we see today.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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From what I've seen, I should be playing right field for the American league, yeah Bautista made one nice play but other than that he stinks in the field, Braun just hit a triple and so did Sandoval.
Why do you think they call him an All-Star? Because he can HIT. Home runs. Long ones. The only criteria. Typically, the ASG is the defensive equivalent of short-season single-A ball. Did you see Fielder on that throw from Jeter, that was there in plenty of time to retire the runner. Fielder looked like he was reaching for the check at dinner. And David Freese, the All-Star first baseman, a position where he has started exactly one game in his career, with a borrowed glove.

The All Star game should be abolished. Have a Home Run Derby and go home for a rest. Nobody wants to see any thing but the Home Run Derby.

Heaven forbid, don't have a Running Derby or a Throwing Derby, nobody is interested in who is the fastest runner in MLB. Somebody might pull a hammie. Can't hurt yourself swinging as hard as you can at 50 or 100 pitches. Everybody knows the running speed of every interior lineman in the NFL, but nononono, must never know the running speeds of any MLB players. Bad for their kindergarten self-esteem to find out that somebody else can run faster.

How about an All-Star break exhibition of two equal-speed runners running down to first, one slides and one runs through the bag, see which one gets there first, lay to rest forever the age old question. No, nonono, Fox doesn't want to televise anything like that, what corporation wants the naming rights to an event like that?

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Why do you think they call him an All-Star? Because he can HIT. Home runs. Long ones. The only criteria. Typically, the ASG is the defensive equivalent of short-season single-A ball. Did you see Fielder on that throw from Jeter, that was there in plenty of time to retire the runner. Fielder looked like he was reaching for the check at dinner. And David Freese, the All-Star first baseman, a position where he has started exactly one game in his career, with a borrowed glove.

The All Star game should be abolished. Have a Home Run Derby and go home for a rest. Nobody wants to see any thing but the Home Run Derby.

Heaven forbid, don't have a Running Derby or a Throwing Derby, nobody is interested in who is the fastest runner in MLB. Somebody might pull a hammie. Can't hurt yourself swinging as hard as you can at 50 or 100 pitches. Everybody knows the running speed of every interior lineman in the NFL, but nononono, must never know the running speeds of any MLB players. Bad for their kindergarten self-esteem to find out that somebody else can run faster.

How about an All-Star break exhibition of two equal-speed runners running down to first, one slides and one runs through the bag, see which one gets there first, lay to rest forever the age old question. No, nonono, Fox doesn't want to televise anything like that, what corporation wants the naming rights to an event like that?
lol funny tangent in your last two paragraphs but I definitely agree with your first point. I was kind of surprised that neither commentator commented on Fielder's horrible attempt to catch Jeter's throw. A part of believed that Jeter was laughing afterwards because he is so used to Tex EASILY making that play. Fielder did not even stretch out for the ball. He simply let the ball play him.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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disappointed to see the Twins lose WS home field advantage in this manner.
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Old 07-11-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Heaven forbid, don't have a Running Derby or a Throwing Derby, nobody is interested in who is the fastest runner in MLB. Somebody might pull a hammie. Can't hurt yourself swinging as hard as you can at 50 or 100 pitches. Everybody knows the running speed of every interior lineman in the NFL, but nononono, must never know the running speeds of any MLB players. Bad for their kindergarten self-esteem to find out that somebody else can run faster.

How about an All-Star break exhibition of two equal-speed runners running down to first, one slides and one runs through the bag, see which one gets there first, lay to rest forever the age old question. No, nonono, Fox doesn't want to televise anything like that, what corporation wants the naming rights to an event like that?
All sorts of wonderful promotional ideas are being neglected. In addition to the contests which you propose, there could be:

1) The Chin Music Competition....All Star pitchers compete to see who can come the closest to hitting a batter in the head without actually striking him. (If you hit the batter you lose five points.) Of course we would not be risking ML All Stars as the targets, so some of those kids that are around to police the outfield during the HR Derby can be used to stand in there.

2) The Homeplate Demolition Derby....baseball's most exciting play, the baserunner slamming into a waiting catcher in full armor. Competitors start at thirdbase, and on a signal the ball is thrown in from the outfield while they attempt to score by any means. Ten bonus points if after the collision at the plate, one of the players involved is unable to continue.

3) Umpire Baiting....this will be judged more along artistic lines, with a panel composed of former players and umps. When the signal to commence is given, one of the competing managers storms out of the dugout and begins to berate an on field umpire for an imagined bad call. Creative language, use of dirt and bases, overall intimidation factor...all will figure into the judging, with high and low scores tossed.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:04 PM
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It looks like all of Wash's homer picks paid off
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