I have never been a fan of All-Star Games, and probably never will be. However, I do believe I would enjoy them more if the fans weren't the ones picking who started.
Every sport lets the fans decide who they want to start in each sports respective All-Star Game, and it's beginning to grow really old.
I find it amazing that an aging star, who has legions of fans that vote for him just because they like him, gets in over a young stud or grizzled veteran who is having a breakout season.
It happens in every sport, and it needs to change so All-Star games become more interesting (for some folks).
It seems like half the players elected to the Pro Bowl don't even show up, although I think the NFL does the best job in selecting its All-Stars.
The NBA starters always have the same faces, and they should really think about changing their system so some of the upcoming young studs get into the starting lineups.
The worst however, is Major League Baseball. They have the worst rules for the game, and the fans always put in players who don't deserve to start.
With a grand total of 34 (yes folks that's THIRTY-FOUR) players per team, a new pitcher and position player seem to be in every inning.
The winning team (AL or NL) will then get home field advantage for the team that comes out of their league for the World Series, which completely defeats the purpose of trying for the best record in the regular season.
Lastly, every team gets one representative to go to the game even if they don't have a deserving player. This of course then takes a spot from someone who is more deserving.
As for the fan voting in baseball, some players are picked correctly, but usually there are the "Come on Man" (thank you Monday Night Football) selections.
For example there are plenty of question marks for the 2011 game.
Derek Jeter once again leads the voting for SS in the AL. However, when you look at his stats compared to Asdrubal Cabrera's stats, it isn't even a question as to who should be starting. Jeter shouldn't even make the team this year with the other options available.
Mark Teixeira shouldn't be starting at 1st and Josh Hamilton shouldn't be in the top three in the outfield as there are other players who deserve the start as of now.
In the NL, Matt Holiday has played well when healthy, but has anyone seen Matt Kemp's numbers? Joey Votto and Prince Fielder have as much of a gripe as Albert Pujols, and why is Tulo ahead of Reyes at SS?
The only reason these players are leading is because fans go out and vote for the players from their team.
They could care less about who is having the best season and truly deserves to be starting for their league.
Until Major League Baseball, and the other major sports, realize that letting fans vote for their favorite players is bad for All-Star Games, then the games will continue to be boring.
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