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July 17, 2013

Changes must be made to the All-Star Game

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Looking at the Cards from a fan's perspective

In a lot of ways, the All-Star Game is supposed to be one of the crown jewels of baseball.

It's an opportunity for fans to get excited about dream teams of superstars fighting for the honor of their respective leagues.

But, in actuality, it has become a mid-season snoozefest. Many of the best pitchers in baseball are held out of the game out of a justified sense that their regular season team's games are more important than any one exhibition contest. And sometimes star position players feign an injury or flat out admit they the just don't want to go because they'd prefer rest.

So why doesn't baseball get rid of the unpleasant pause in the middle of the season and scatter those days off throughout the year. Instead it could schedule an All-Star series during the offseason.

Gone would be the controversy about who got to play and who didn't. Gone would be the need to save pitchers for games that really mattered. A best of seven All-Star series could be a major tourist attraction in the city where it is held because more fans could get in the gates. (And if seven games proves to be too many, it could always be scaled back for five or even three games.) But a series would at least make the home field advantage for the World Series gimmick some weight instead of it just being the roll of the dice that is a one-game shot.

In a series, games could be played more like regular major league contests with starters working deep into games. Managers would be able to make decisions based on winning that particular game, knowing they could get unused players in for another contest.

But, maybe the biggest benefit, the games could be used as a way to retain the public's interest in baseball during the off-season. If the games were played in California, Arizona or Florida -- or maybe even in Hawaii -- they could be played in the dead of winter when most major league parks are frozen over.

 

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Scott Wuerz has reported for the Belleville News-Democrat since 1998​. He writes about the St. Louis Cardinals from a fan's perspective in his Cheap Seats blog.

Contact him at swuerz@bnd.com.

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