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I get it and I agree, the MLB All-Star game is designed for fan entertainment.   However, AL starting pitcher Justin Verlander must have forgotten that since 2003 (whether fair or not) the game’s outcome also means something CRITICALLY important……home field advantage for the World Series.  He was tagged for five runs (all earned) in his first and only inning, and that pretty much was ballgame over.  Apparently, Justin Verlander was more concerned about busting radar guns than getting quick outs.  He threw 35 pitches, faced nine batters, gave up four hits, and walked two (throwing six straight balls in the process) all in his one inning!  This is NOT what I expected from the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP winner.  But, five pitches were clocked at 100 mph…..and one pitch even reached 101.  Who cares?  You have to play to WIN the game now!   In his post-game comments…

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It’s Time to Correct MLB All-Star Voting

On this eve of the “Midsummer Classic”, I am convinced now more than ever that it’s time to once and for all correct the way these Major League Baseball All-Stars are selected….and in doing so restore America’s national pastime.  No doubt the increase of inter-league play during the regular season has significantly reduced the anticipation this yearly game once had, and many would say there are simply not enough “household” names in today’s game, but unarguably it is still the BEST all-star game of all the major sports.  Let’s do what we need to do right NOW to make certain it always stays this way!   Every year some players are snubbed, others should NOT have been included, and still others are chosen as reserves and they should be starting (or vice versa).  It’s doubtful we can totally avoid this subjectivity.  Should the All-Star squads consist of players who just…

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