Regular readers here could not avoid being pounded with my view that MLB All-Star recognition for the first half of each season only is something I feel is unfair. I recently proposed adjustments to the 2010 All-Star offensive rosters based on stats since the 2009 contest for both the American and National Leagues.
Realistically, I know that isn’t ever going to happen.
Then, this past weekend, we experienced one of the greatest events of the baseball year. The living Hall of Famers assembled in Cooperstown, New York for the 2010 induction ceremonies for Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog, Doug Harvey and others, held on Sunday afternoon.
While MLB Network televised the ceremonies, they were competing against a full slate of games. Across MLB, it was a day just like any other.
I find that maddening and disrespectful to both the history of the game and the inductees themselves. I understand MLB is about making money, but why couldn’t they avoid holding games during the induction? All eyes should have been on Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon.
With the help of some spirited dialog among friends, these two issues of mine have been melded into what I believe is a viable plan that could address each. Following is a new proposal for Bud Selig and his cronies.
Have two breaks each season instead of one. Each break would occur at two month intervals, with the first coming at the start of June and the second at the beginning of August.
The Hall of Fame ceremonies would be held during the first break. Most importantly, the Hall inductees would get their day in the sun without in-house competition. This would even allow current field personnel the opportunity to attend if they so choose.
The second break would be the time for the All-Star Game. While the rosters would still not reflect an entire season’s worth of accomplishments, at least 2/3 of each season would be complete when the game is played.
A side benefit of the change in date would be that the non-waiver trade deadline could occur during this later break. This would enable many players changing teams to do so while regular season games are on a brief hiatus.
Another advantage would be a second, albeit short, rest period for most players. Having just come from New York where I covered the Cardinals-Mets series, I saw first-hand the number of beat up players suiting up every day. For St. Louis, Albert Pujols was limping, Yadier Molina has a huge bruise on his leg, Skip Schumaker had a sore arm from being hit by a pitch and the list goes on and on.
So that is my proposal. Two breaks - a dedicated spotlight for the Hall and a later All-Star Game to allow more time to select the best players.
This is the time each week when I explain how my story can be applied to fantasy leagues. I have to admit that part of the article is still a work in progress. Sorry about that, but I thought this idea was too important to let it pass without airing it.
Brian Walton is the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in the league’s 12-year history. He is a 2009 NFBC league winner and finished in the top 25 nationally in both the NFBC and NFFC last season. His work can also be found daily at TheCardinalNation.com and thecardinalnationblog.com.