Many years ago, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was one of the must-see events of the summer. For most fans, the All-Star Game was the only true chance to see the absolute best players in baseball face one another.
There were no true utility players. There were no role players. There were no players who had simply been called up to fill-in for an injured star.
The All-Star Game was an event simply reserved for the absolute best players in Major League Baseball.
Of course, as time has passed, Major League Baseball has transcended into more of a casually viewed sport than it has ever been. Gone are the days of stat-junkies and kids studying the backs of baseball cards four hours upon end. Today, baseball is still a game trying to recover from one of the worst work-stoppages in sports history and regain it's one-time glory as America's pastime.
Like many aspects of baseball that have suffered a decline in Major League Baseball—attendance, television exposure, etc.—the quality and relevance of the All-Star Game has suffered severe decline in recent years. Gone are the days of acrobatic catches, collisions at home plate and a general sense that the players care about the outcome of the game. Instead, the All-Star Game has become a sideshow regarded simply as an exhibition "for the fans."
Though noble, baseball's dedication and subsequent bestowing of control of the game to the fans may be more irresponsible at this point in the game's history than ever before.
While the game should be an exhibition based on appreciation for devoted fans, Major League Baseball—now, more than ever—should reconsider allowing votes from the fans to decide who participates in baseball's summer showcase of its most talented players.
Here are five reasons why All-Star Game voting needs to be taken away from fans.