I am really tired of being told “this time it counts” when obviously, the only thing that counts is page views on MLB’s website. If it really counted there would not be so many true All-Stars are left out of the game. No, I am not speaking of Bryce Harper’s so called snub. (I cannot look at the teenager as being snubbed when all three Braves outfielders Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, and Michael Bourn, and Chipper for that matter, have better numbers than he does.) I am speaking of the Michael Bourn, David Freese, and yes, Chipper Jones’ of the world. Freese, like the two Braves I already pointed out, has better numbers than Harper and is the reigning World Series MVP. So please, do not cry for the baby of the group. I realize there are many more names I could mention, but you get the point.
I am not a Harper hater by any stretch of the imagination, but when his name is mentioned first in the snubs and he does not even have the best rookie out there right now, all I have to say is wait your turn.
As aggravating as that complaint is, it is nowhere near my next issue. The Cubs have TWO All-Stars? Are you kidding me? The worst team in baseball sends the same number as some of the best, and MLB wants me to choose between four deserving guys? Add Pablo Sandoval as the starting third basemen, and I am over the edge.
Here it is plain and simple, if the commissioner wants me to believe that this game means something, then he should act like it does instead of treating it like a homecoming vote. (and I do mean that with every connotation that can possibly go with that analogy.) Have designated spots on the roster for lifetime achievements, outstanding rookie, and if you must, the homecoming queen. From there, rank the numbers. This is baseball, we count everything, there has to be a true measure of what it takes to be an All-Star.
I realize some values are not defined on a stat sheet, but it cannot be any worse than what we have now. The other option is to leave it as it stands, but stop punishing teams that have proven their worth by getting to the World Series. In other words, if you want the game to count, make performance count.