Tuesday, July 11, 2006

MLB All-Star Game -- Losing Its Appeal

The MLB All-Star game is losing its appeal. Some players selected are not going because of "injury" (preferring to take three or four days off). Players not on the roster that should be (due to the minimum of one player per team mandate). The rule that says the winning league gets World Series home field advantage.

It is an exhibition game and should be treated as such. Remember, players are paid by their teams (their owners and fans); not by MLB.

I'll watch, I always do, but I am not please with Bud Seilig (MLB Commissioner) and some of the players who elected not to participate (Manny Rameriz and Tom Glavine).

American League
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Starters
P Kenny Rogers, DET
C Ivan Rodriguez, DET
1B David Ortiz, BOS
2B Mark Loretta, BOS
3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY
SS Derek Jeter, NYY
OF Vladimir Guerrero, LAA
OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA
OF Vernon Wells, TOR

Pitchers
P Mark Buerhle, CWS
P Jose Contreras, CWS
P Roy Halladay, TOR
P Bobby Jenks, CWS
P Scott Kazmir, TB
P Francisco Liriano, MIN ª
P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS
P Mark Redman, KC
P Mariano Rivera, NYY
P B.J. Ryan, TOR
P Johan Santana, MIN
P Barry Zito, OAK

Reserves
C Joe Mauer, MI
C A.J. Pierzynski, CWS #
1B Paul Konerko, CWS
1B Jim Thome, CWS
2B Robinson Cano, NYY º
2B Jose Lopez, SEA ª
3B Troy Glaus, TOR
SS Miguel Tejada, BAL
SS Michael Young, TEX
OF Jermaine Dye, CWS
OF Gary Matthews, Jr., TEX ª
OF Magglio Ordonez, DET ª
OF Manny Ramirez, BOS ºº
OF Alex Rios, TOR º
OF Grady Sizemore, CLE

National League
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Starters
P Brad Penny, LAD
C Paul Lo Duca, NYM
1B Albert Pujols, STL
2B Chase Utley, PHI
3B David Wright, NYM
SS Edgar Renteria, ATL
OF Jason Bay, PIT
OF Carlos Beltran, NYM
OF Alfonso Soriano, WSH

Pitchers
P Bronson Arroyo, CIN
P Chris Capuano, MIL ª
P Chris Carpenter, STL
P Brian Fuentes, COL
P Tom Glavine, NYM ºº
P Tom Gordon, PHI
P Trevor Hoffman, SD
P Pedro Martinez, NYM º
P Roy Oswalt, HOU ª
P Jason Schmidt, SF
P Derrick Turnbow, MIL
P Brandon Webb, ARI
P Carlos Zambrano, CHC

Reserves
C Brian McCann, ATL
1B Lance Berkman, HOU
1B Ryan Howard, PHI
1B Nomar Garciaparra, LAD #
2B Dan Uggla, FLA
3B Miguel Cabrera, FLA
3B Freddy Sanchez, PIT
3B Scott Rolen, STL
SS David Eckstein, STL ª
SS Jose Reyes, NYM º
OF Andruw Jones, ATL
OF Matt Holliday, COL
OF Carlos Lee, MIL

Notes:
# Final Vote Selection
º Injured, will not participate
ºº Elected not to participate
ª Named as replacement

UPDATE: the AL won again (9 in a row) with a 9th inning, 2 RBI triple from Michael Young, a blown save by Trevor Hoffman, and a save by Mariano Rivera.

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