Brandon Miller's In My Opinion: Either baseball's All-Star game means something, or it doesn't
by Brandon Miller
bmiller@annistonstar.com
Jun 25, 2013 | 1290 views |  0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Could the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig be a threat to make the All-Star Game, even though he's just a rookie? (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)
Could the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig be a threat to make the All-Star Game, even though he's just a rookie? (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)
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The people calling shots in Major League Baseball are too tricky for us.

They wanted to give the All-Star Game meaning, so now the winning league’s champion gets home-field advantage in the World Series. But the fans continue to choose the starting lineup.

So, basically, no matter what the Yankees' record is, they’ll have five of the nine starters. That’s a problem.

Either the game has meaning or it’s just for fun and fans can go crazy and pick their favorite team's entire roster as starters.

I’m a fan of a small-market city, Pittsburgh, so I go on rants every year. Andrew McCutchen is easily one of the top three outfielders in the MLB, but he’ll never start an All-Star Game. Josh Hamilton, however, will start even if he’s batting .058 on the year.

It’s all about hype, and who has the hype now?

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

The rookie is hitting .425 and slugging .712, but guess what, he’s also played in only 20 games. Same can be said for Braves catcher Evan Gattis. How can he be one of the best players in baseball if he doesn’t even start?

MLB needs to wise up. People still watch the game — and definitely watch the home run derby — but it wouldn’t take much to become as much of a joke as the Pro Bowl if things aren't handled correctly.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Brandon Miller at bmiller@annistonstar.com or 256-235-3575.
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