I think it'd be wonderful to watch MLB (Selig & Co.) uncomfortably try to figure out a new policy on the fly to keep him out of the game. Rather than proactively inact a rule similar to the NFL's "Shawne Merriman rule", the league is simply hoping that good ole Manny doesn't get voted as a starter. They can then strongarm manager Charlie Manuel into not selecting Manny. (Even if Torre is his bench coach!)
Except one thing: We're here to make sure Manny makes the Top 3.
Guess what? He's already at #4 with over 1.2 million votes.
So what can you do?
Click here to VOTE FOR MANNY.
Vote early and often, kids.
If I were Commish for a day, I'd do the following about the All Star Game (note the OR between the 2nd and 3rd points):
- Eliminate the World Series home field advantage gimmick. PERIOD. Let the overall records decide who EARNED the home field advantage.
- Eliminate mandatory representation by every club. It was one thing when there just twenty-something teams, but with 30, 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.
My sights/thoughts from the last ASG (@ Yankee Stadium):