But we all know that no longer exists. National and American League teams play each other daily. Despite not having the same rules, the leagues bounce back and forth faster than a new ball in the middle of a pack of puppies.
There’s also really no secrets anymore when the best of one league plays the other. With each league playing daily, home fans have many more opportunities to see the best from the other league. That’s for those attending the games. Television broadcasts every game played. It’s up to the fans to decide how many they have to see.
The All-Star game as an exhibition was played to give fans the chance to see the stars of the other league play against the other. That is no longer a necessity. It’s already being done.
So, if the game is to decide home field advantage, why do we need nearly three dozen players on each roster? Why does everyone have to play? Why can’t we take the best 25, no matter how many are from one team, and let the managers play the game to win, which is really the reason the game now is contested on the field?
I can’t wait for the rules to change to keep the starters on the bench until the last three innings when then game is supposed to really count. Now that doesn’t make much sense. So it should fit right in.
Please baseball. Make up your mind. Is baseball one game or two? Are we playing the game as an exhibition for fun, or is this midsummer nightmare something else entirely? Either way is fine with me.
— Gregg Simms, Times Herald