I wrote about the All-Star game mess a week and a half ago. One of the things I'd change if I were given a chance would be to modify the roster rules for the All Star Game.
- Eliminate mandatory representation by every club. It was one thing when there just twenty-something teams, but with 32, too many inferior players are being named at the expense of more qualified players.
- Expand the roster sizes to accomodate the expansion in the number of teams. If you do this, you can keep mandatory representation. Open the rosters to 35 and eliminate the handwringing.
It's pretty simple. Boost the roster sizes to 35 and add three more pitchers. I'd rather do that than eliminate mandatory representation but if baseball is married to a 32 person roster, that rule has to be eliminated.
The only other thing to do to eliminate the All Star mess would be to just keep it an exhibition and give the WSHFA to the team who, you know, actually earned it.