All-Star Snub An Endangered Species

Major League Baseball in recent years has followed the lead of other sports leagues and gone the route of having a selection show for its All-Star Game a week or so prior to the game.

Watching the selection show isn’t the most exciting way to spend an hour of a Sunday afternoon. And besides, it seems like just as much time is spent talking about who isn’t going to the game rather than who is going.

“I can’t believe Andrew McCutchen didn’t get picked.”

“How is Kevin Youkilis not on the team?”

Well, pundits got their wishes, as close to 90 players have been named All-Stars. Injuries have piled up. And a few players have just pulled out of the game for their own personal reasons.

Think about that number. That means an average of three players off every team will be considered All-Stars.

Let’s face it: With nearly 90 All-Stars, nobody is getting snubbed.

I’m not sure much can be done about it. All-Star Games are becoming a thing of the past. Some players want the bonus (albeit small compared to their annual salaries), but they have to be dragged kicking and screaming to play in these games.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been criticized for pulling out of the game due to exhaustion. And he’s not alone. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick covers a few more cases here.

But I propose a change to the post-selection show debate. Instead of discussing who got snubbed, let’s wait until game day and discuss who is an All-Star but really doesn’t need to be there.