For those in Houston this year, the All-Star was a nothing fest. Four Astros were selected — Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, and Ryan Pressly — but none decided to attend for many reasons. Based on the crowd’s reaction to their beloved mascot Orbit, I think the players made the right decision in this case.
Generally speaking, the All-Star Game has lost plenty of its luster in recent years. The Home Run Derby is arguably the best event to watch during the break, especially when stars like Shohei Ohtani and Pete Alonso participate. However, I chose only to catch the highlights of the derby on Twitter or YouTube. No, this decision wasn’t influenced by the choice made by Houston’s representatives not to attend the event. In fact, the last time I watched the Home Run Derby — All-Star Game for that matter — with any intentionality was back when Josh Hamilton did this in New York back in 2008. For as much as I enjoy watching someone with generational talent like Ohtani, I much rather watch his excellence when a meaningful game is happening. The All-Star Game and its events don’t do it for me any longer, and it hasn’t for a long time.
So, this begs the question about what can be done to improve the All-Star Game? What will draw people like me back into the fold to watch what was once considered a highlight of every baseball season? SB Nation has asked the fans, and below are some of their responses.
Interleague play has been a prime reason why the All-Star Game has lost its shine, to be honest. But it isn’t going anywhere as the league enjoys seeing that sweet revenue roll into their pockets every season.
With all due respect, how about we banish the home-field advantage rule back to the netherworld where it belongs?
The skills challenge is an interesting thought, but I don’t think it ultimately moves the needle in a meaningful way once the gimmick wears off like the Pro Bowl in football.
Now, this is an idea that catches my attention. Would it actually happen or work? I am not sure; however, the idea would allow for a different take on the main event itself. On the one hand, it would allow position players to partake in three innings and have a meaningful impact on a game. Plus, pitchers wouldn’t be overextended as you could keep them in the game for one inning at a time, which is the common practice now. Again, this probably won’t happen or work as well as some may hope, but it is a curious solution.
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