Should MLB change the All-Star Game format? | The Tylt
Should MLB change the All-Star Game format?
Baseball has a reputation of being stuck in the past. It is time to modernize the game, and Harper's fantasy draft idea for the All-Star Game is a low stakes winner. Fans will still get to vote for their favorite players, but now we may see matchups we would not have seen before; like Harper vs. teammate Max Scherzer.
The new format would bring a fresh angle to the table, and would rejuvenate interest in the sport. Sure, some traditionalists would be annoyed about the change, but maybe appealing to the "get off my yard" generation of sports isn't a great long term solution. Changing the All-Star Game would bring young fans into the fold, and would be a big success.
The All-Star Game is all about the fans. The fans vote for their favorite players, and get to see the best athletes in the league compete in a great exhibition. The fans never clamored for such a change before, so why should anyone listen to Harper and switch up the format now? Harper is trying to make this about the players instead of the fans. Designating the All-Star Game to determine home-field advantage in the World Series in the past was bad enough. They need to stop trying to change the game.
There are perfectly good ways to make the game more appealing to a younger audience—including having a better social media presence and shorter games. Changing the All-Star Game format is not one of them. Keep the game as is for the fans' sake.