"Make It Count" no more

Ian HunterCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 27:  Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig explains the rules involved with suspending game five of the 2008 MLB World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays till 8:00 pm (EST) on October 28 at the earliest of the Philadelphia Phillies at a press conference on October 27, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Make it 13 years in a row that the Junior Circuit or “younger brother” of baseball is undefeated at the Midsummer Classic. While the American League was rewarded with home field advantage in the World Series once again, fans and players alike are still uneasy with Bud Selig’s decision to “make it count.”

I saw interviews with players like Justin Morneau and Derek Jeter saying they would actually prefer that the team with the better regular season record receive home field advantage. Keep in mind these comments were coming from American League All-Stars, so I imagine that after losing home field advantage for the past seven years, the National League All-Stars probably feel the same way.

Selig’s decision to reward home field advantage to the winning league at the All-Star Game was merely his way to attach some semblance of merit to the game that had already lost all meaning after the 2002 debacle.

If the All-Star Game truly means something, then why not let the coaches pick the starting rosters to give themselves the opportunity to field the best possible team? If it’s that important then don’t leave it in the hands of fans to pick the starters when it’s often just a popularity contest anyway.

There is no other league in professional sports other than the MLB that has any weight whatsoever to their All-Star Game. By rewarding the winning team, the commissioner in essence has turned the All-Star Game into a farce by trying to make it serious yet sensational at the same time. Bud Selig needs to step back and see the All-Star Game for what it is - an exhibition.