It seems to extend all the way to the professional ranks – more individual awards, more individual recognition, more teams in the postseason, more people on the podium.
That’s why baseball’s All-Star Game is kind of refreshing in a way. It’s harder to make the game today than it was decades ago.
In 1953, both the American and National teams had 26 players, which was 52 total players dressing out for the game. The majors had only 16 teams then, which meant the game had 3.25 players per franchise. Today, the American and National teams combined for 68 players, spread out among 30 teams, which average out to 2.67 players.
Baseball stayed at 26 players a team until 1969 when it went to 28. It was expanded to 30 in 1998, 32 in 2003, 33 in 2009 and the current 34 in 2010.
One day, they’ll make the rosters large enough that teams will average 3.25 players or more for the game. But for now, it’s nice to know that, for once, it’s harder to get the trophy than it used to be.
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