The National League thrashed the American League in Kansas City Tuesday night, 8-0.
This means at least one player in the visiting dugout at Kauffman Stadium helped his team’s eventual cause in the forthcoming World Series while at least one other may have unwittingly given a boost to an arch-rival.
It’s times like these when those who have a penchant for pucks over any other sport have to roll their eyes and tell another league, in this case Major League Baseball, “I love you and respect you, but…”
Even before the MLB solved one problem while creating another, namely averting All-Star Game ties by allowing it to influence the playoffs, there were other reasons why its midseason exhibition didn’t measure up with that of the NHL.
Those reasons still exist, but should be easy enough to fix.
If baseball were to follow the NHL’s lead in each of the following four departments, the annual AL-NL tilt would be much easier to sit through from start to finish. It might even open the door to more novel All-Star matchups a la the NHL’s defunct North America-World card or its current fantasy draft format.