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Adam Wainwright saves MLB from itself

There is a lot of talk about the outcome of the 2014 All-Star Game, made somewhat controversial by St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright's statement that he intentionally grooved pitches to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

In a normal year, Major League Baseball leaders might be upset that the chatter took something away from the spirit of the game. After all, Jeter got a big lead-off double that led to a three-run rally in a game that was decided by two tallies.

But on this occasion, baseball leaders ought to be thrilled by Wainwright's admission -- and then retraction -- on the subject. After all, if he hadn't created a stir, people would be completely focused on their unexplainable error Tuesday night: There was no acknowledgement or honoring of the life and passing of Hall of Famer and perennial all-star Tony Gwynn who died just a month ago.

How is it possible for baseball to forget Gwynn, one of the nicest people to ever be associated with the game as well as one of the most productive? So much effort goes into making the All-Star Game a spectacle. So it's more than an embarrassment that such a major detail could be overlooked.

We all saw the commercial with players and fans tipping their caps to Jeter. MLB ought to tip its cap to Wainwright by being a good team player and taking the heat off them.