MLB All-Star Game Controversy
MLB announced the latest results for fan balloting for the All-Star Game and the Kansas City Royals held the top spots for eight positions.
There has always been a lot of controversy surrounding the MLB All-Star game. It is the only one out of the four major sports where the outcome is actually relevant. In 2003, MLB decided to award home-field advantage in the World Series to which ever league won the All Star game. Over the past ten World Series, the teams with home-field advantage have won the championship seven times. So fielding the players that give your league (National or American) the best chance to win the All-Star game is crucial.
I get that the league is putting an incentive for the players to participate and actually try their best in the All-Star game, but it should be a game for the best players to have fun and entertain the fans. However, if the league wants to make it serious by awarding home-field advantage to the winning league then they should take the All-Star roster selections seriously as well.
The All-Star rosters are selected by the fans votes. So instead of the best players being selected, it is actually the most popular players. This year the Kansas City Royals fan base decided that they wanted all their favorite hometown players to represent the American League as eight of their position players lead in fan voting. Royals manager Ned Yost told USA Today “Vote! The votes are the votes. If you don’t like it, go out there and vote. Our fans have gotten out and voted.”
I tend to more agree with what Alex Gordon had to say about the All-Star voting.
“To be honest with you, I’ve never agreed with the All-Star voting. I always thought that guys most deserving, and having the best years, should go, especially now that the All-Star Game decide who wins home field advantage.”
Hopefully, if they make it to the World Series but lose the All-Star game all the Kansas City fans at least enjoyed seeing all their players in the All-Star game and can accept not having home-field advantage in the World Series.
Rather than voting for all the players on your favorite team, Kansas City fans should be voting for the players they think are the most deserving and will give the American League the best chance to win home-field advantage. Also, what is stopping all the fans in the American League voting for the worst players in the National League to increase their chances of home-field advantage in the World Series or vice versa?
I don’t agree with awarding home-field advantage to the team that was on the winning league’s side of the All-Star game; It should be awarded to the team with the better regular-season record.
Jeremy O’Neill covers MLB for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @MFSTJeremy