A real all-star game

On Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander will represent the Detroit Tigers in the Major League All-star game in Kansas City, Mo.

All are multiple time all-stars and well deserving. Fielder was voted to start by the fans, while Cabrera and Verlander were added by the players and coaching staffs. Verlander could possibly start the game for the first time.

Of all the all-star games among the four major sports this is the best game. The MLB all-star game actually resembles a regular game with players giving their all to win the game.

Typically,  the NBA, NHL and NFL all-star games feature very little defense. Basically, it’s just an offensive display of talent. The NFL nearly canceled it’s all-star game because a of a lack of competition. All three games are very boring to watch.

Personally, I love watching the MLB all-star game with the top pitchers facing the top hitters inning after inning between the two leagues. Interleague play allows us to see some of these rare match ups, but not for an entire game.

The only thing I don’t like about the all-star game is the fact it decides home field advantage for the winning league in the World Series.

Since a 7-7 tie in 2002, the MLB all-star game has decided which league will host the World Series, not the overall best record like most leagues.

Commissioner Bud Selig change the meaning of the game as a way to stop ties from happening. What he needed to do was reiterate that not ever player selected for the game will play. The 2002 game ended after 11 innings because teams were out of players on the bench.

I don’t think adding home field advantage to the winner of this game has increased the level of play. This game has always been about the competition. There isn’t a half speed when fastball’s are reaching triple digits and line drives come back just as quick.

I’ll always remember John Kruk taking a fastball behind his back from Randy Johnson. The left-handed hitter switched mid at-bat to the right side and turned his helmet around.

Some of you remember Pete Rose barreling into Ray Fosse and separating his shoulder in 1970.

When you have fans selecting starting lineups (and they should), all-star game managers filling out the roster (usually with his own players) and a final 34th roster spot being voted on once again, home field advantage shouldn’t rely on who is playing.

Fans obviously don’t always select the best at each position, but their favorite player. That is corrected to an extent with the players and managers voting for reserves and pitchers.

Also, every team has to have at least one player selected. Even if not deserving.

Basically, 95 percent of the players in the game won’t even be on the team in the World Series. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

The MLB all-star game should just be a regular game with the best battling the best. Home field advantage should be decided by the marathon 162 game regular season.

Regardless, the game is a personal favorite and come Tuesday night I will be tuned in.

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