2011 MLB All-Star Game: Tracking the First Pitch to the Final out

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2011 MLB All-Star Game: Tracking the First Pitch to the Final out
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Before the 2003 World Series the American League and National League alternated year-to-year as to which league would host the Fall Classic.

Bud Selig wanted to spice up the All-Star Game by making the 2003 game "count." Instead of simply doing what the NHL and NBA do, handing home-field advantage to the team with the best record in the Finals, he put home-field advantage in the hands of bottom-feeders such as the Royals, Orioles and Nationals.

They thought it would bring interest back into the exhibition not only for the players, but for the fans. The players continue to bail making the game feel like the NFL Pro Bowl.

The 86 total all-stars set a record eclipsing the previous mark of 84 set just last season. The game's been diluted.Yes, there's been injuries, most notably to Jose Reyes, Alex Rodriguez, and Ryan Braun to name a few.

Scott Rolen is starting at third base. A guy hitting .241 with five home runs and 36 RBI should not be on the team, let alone starting. I realize Aramis Ramirez declined, but what about Chase Headley or Ryan Roberts?

And if this game "counts," shouldn't this game be moved to Wednesday. 

Then staff aces like Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain can pitch in the game. (Starters who pitch on Sunday are not allowed to pitch in the game) No offense to Kevin Correia, but who would you rather have out there on the mound, Hamels or Correia? (Despite 86 all-stars Tommy Hanson still didn't make it, WOW)

Nonetheless, as we've seen since 2003, home-field advantage in the World Series has been rather meaningless. The squad that's garnered home-field advantage is just 5-3.

Regardless of the large tangent I just went one, it's still the Mid-Summer classic!

The American League won 12 consecutive All-Star games before the National League took the game in Anaheim last year 3-1.

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