Detroit Tigers all-star slugger Miguel Cabrera left the 2011 MLB All-Star game after a one inning plate and field appearance in the fifth inning in the National Leagues 5-1 win over the American league.
Cabrera apparently hurt his oblique during a check swing which resulted in mild soreness on his right side. Cabrera was replaced by Michael Cuddyer in the bottom of the seventh inning.
While this was undoubtedly a scare for Tiger fans, Jason Beck of MLB.com quotes Cabrera saying that he is fine, and that he would have even continued playing had it been a regular-season game.
"It's nothing big," Cabrera said as he left Chase Field. "I'm going to take care of myself and get ready for Friday."
Had it been a regular-season game, Cabrera said, he probably wouldn't have left the game.
"No, no, I don't think so," he said. "But the first thing is to keep safe today. You don't want to come back hurt to the organization. You have to be smart in this situation. It's why I told them I'm hurt right now. I felt something a little bit, so I want to make sure it's OK."
Obviously fans in Detroit, and really fans of quality baseball, have to be pretty happy that Cabrera is seemingly fine, but this leaves me wondering if it was even worth it.
Let’s be honest, All-Star games in professional sports are quickly becoming more of a joke than entertainment, and the risk of injury might just be too much to overlook.
Granted Major League Baseball has stepped up the ante with the Midsummer Classic by awarding its winner home-field advantage in the World Series, but even that might not be a big enough reward to overlook the games flaws.
Had Cabrera or any other All-Star for that matter gotten hurt, the Detroit Tigers would have lost their best player and any realistic shot at a World Series bid in 2011.
The last thing baseball needs is to lose a star player to injury during All-Star weekend.
The same could be said for all the sports and their All-Star games.
Are All-Star games in professional sports becoming irrelevant and risky?
Personally, I think the answer to that question is a resounding yes.
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