Extraneous Innings

Anybody watch last night’s 15-inning All-Star marathon game? Everybody was all up in arms a few years ago when the Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. In light of last night’s yawner, that seems like an act of grace.

Here’s an idea to keep us from someday seeing position players pitch in an All-Star Game: in the event of a tie, each team chooses one representative for a 5-out Home Run Derby contest to determine the winner. How great would it have been to see Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols duke it out after 9 innings? No bullpens get burned up, you don’t further risk injury playing extra innings in a (practically) meaningless game…I’m no Bud Selig, but I don’t see the problem here. It’s better than a 15-inning slogfest that ends at 1:45am after half the crowd has long headed for the turnstiles.

And while we’re at it, can we get rid of the silly “winner gets home field in the Series” stuff? Please.

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6 Responses to Extraneous Innings

  1. -Lane says:

    saw it all, and i’ve never seen such a more boring game.

  2. Jake Bennett says:

    Dan Uggla = the worst all-star selection of all time. Worse than Wagner (thanks for the blown lead, biggun). Was Uggla trying to see if he could get more errors than strikeouts or did it just look like that?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I like that the game means something. The game had become like NBA Allstar weekend or the Pro Bowl. It was becoming a joke. Remember Barry Bonds carrying around Tori Hunter. All these jokers leaving the park as soon as they were pulled to head to the ESPY’s. I love seeing Jeter and others staying til the end because of what it means. It was a great game. There was intensity and a high level of energy unlike the other all star games. I like adding alternate pitchers to each side in case they are needed for an emergencyJeff K.

  4. Jason says:

    Jake,Uggla had a rough night, no doubt. But he’s a deserving All-Star. He’s had a nice run in the first half. Jeff,The game might mean something to guys like Jeter and others because they play on teams that might actually have a shot at postseason play. But you can’t tell me that the All-Star game really means anything to a guy like Jon Rauch. He’s just happy to be there.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Did you not see that tear in Rauch’s eye when Mornueau crossed home plate with the winning run!Jeff

  6. Jason says:

    I know what you’re saying. And in response to the 2002 debacle, I’d probably have tried to come up with something that would give the All-Star Game some meaning too. But it’s still an exhibition game.

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