Why the MLB All-Star Game Should Be Cancelled, Forever

Harris DeckerSenior Analyst IJuly 8, 2008

I am completely sick of a few things that surround the All-Star Game. I don't want to be viewed as someone who does not like to have fun, but this exhibition game has gotten out of control.

The first thing that is ridiculous is the fact that this game does in fact count, and the fans are still allowed to vote. I understand that giving the fans the vote makes them feel closer to the game. The problem is that when fan voting was established, the game was solely for the fun of the fans.

Now that the game has a purpose (deciding home field advantage in the World Series), the fans have no business voting.

I'm not sure how other people feel about this, but I am a Mets fan, and if the Mets were to make the playoffs, I would want the All-Star Game to be taken as seriously as possible.

I guess what I'm trying to say is simply, the fans are not intelligent enough to understand this. The prime example of this takes place in Boston, Mass.

Over the past five years the Sox have been legitimate contenders in the World Series. Each year they make the playoffs and every year for the near future will make a run at it. Why is it then that Red Sox fans are voting for Jason Varitek and David Ortiz in the All-Star Game?

I understand that you want your players in there, and I don't have a problem with guys like Dustin Pedroia or Papelbon participating. The problem is that Varitek is having one of the worst seasons in recent memory for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox fans need to shift their heads into gear, and realize that they are voting to decide the home field advantage in a World Series they might actually be in.

As much as it pains me to say this, I think that fan voting should be almost completely removed from the All-Star Game. The only say that the fans should have should be one or two final votes for a few "fan chosen" players.

I would like to see the managers, coaches, and front offices in baseball choose the rosters for future All-Star games.

Another problem with fans voting is that they very rarely respect players who are having great first halves, which is something that should be taken into consideration.

As a Mets fan, why not reward Ryan Church for having a career first half for the Devil Rays? They only have two All-Stars, neither of which were voted in by the fans (Kazmir and Navarro).

The front office and managers in baseball have a better read on which players really deserve to be on the team and which players are simply fan favorites.

I have two memos to deliver.

  • No. 1: To: The Commissioner of Major League Baseball and all Front Office Members. RE: The All-Star Game.
    • Bud Selig, if you plan to make the All-Star Game count for something, you need to remove the popularity contest from the game. If you are going to create this situation in which the fans do in fact affect the game, and interact, why not have the fans in the stadium vote for which pitcher they want to close the game? If this sounds crazy, so do you. Make a decision, either go back to the old format, where the best record decides home field advantage, and the All-Star Game goes back to the "just for fun" format; or remove the fan voting (popularity contest).


  • No. 2: To: Major League Baseball Fans, specifically Boston fans. RE: The All-Star Game.
    • Major League Baseball gives the fans the chance to vote in the All-Star Game to decide the starting lineup. This game also decides the home field advantage for the World Series. What fans of baseball need to understand is that their votes really make a difference in October. Let's stop voting for our favorite players and vote for the players that give the teams the best chance to win. I for one, being a National League fan, don't mind having Jason Varitek starting at catcher over Joe Mauer.

Moral of the story, Major League Baseball can't have it both ways. They either need to make the game just for fun, or take the fan element out of the game.