Suggesting New Roster Selection for All-Star Game

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals puts on his sunglasses during their game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 13, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IJuly 6, 2009

Enough is enough with the controversy over All-Star selection.

I've grown tired of the constant debate over snubs, fan ballots, and roster size, and on and on and on.

I would like to see the adoption of selection by team winning percentage.

This is a team game after all, is it not?

My proposal is simple, if you are a member of a fifth or sixth place team, then you will not be making the all-star game under any circumstance.

This year, it would have meant no all-stars for Baltimore, Cleveland, Washington, Houston, Pittsburgh, or Arizona.

There is some inequity with this plan as it means that the American League West would always be represented.

To atone for that inequity, any last place team that has a better record than the last place team in the west (Oakland this year) would be able to place their best player on the roster.

The allocation for the remaining teams would be as follows:

First place teams-four players

Second place teams-three players

Third place teams-two players

Fourth place teams-one player

This gives each league a roster size of 30. That's plenty of players to compete in a baseball game.

Stop trying to play everyone and put together a team.

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