Late last night, new Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred awarded the Miami Marlins with the 2017 All Star Game. While that may not seem crazy in and of itself, the fact of the matter is that the announcement signifies three straight years of National League parks playing host. With the game counting, the question becomes, is that fair?
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Sure, baseball is not fair. Balls bounce foul instead of landing in play, and life is definitely not fair, but should the controllable factors of the game be fair? With home field advantage in the World Series being awarded to the team that ends up winning the All Star Game, should the venue not rotate between leagues?
When the San Diego Padres and their Petco Park was announced as the home of the 2016 All Star Game, fans from Baltimore were outraged that the game would spend consecutive season in the National League. Thus far, I have not seen that same kind of anger with the announcement of the 2017 game taking place in Miami. If nothing else, the response has been more of a puzzled tone, with people saying “I thought it was supposed to rotate?”
Rob Manfred has made very little effort to hide the fact that he is very open to making big moves. In talking on his first day as Commissioner about outlawing shifts, to looking heavily into the pace of play, Manfred has gotten down and dirty right away. With the latest announcement, one has to wonder whether the end to the All Star Game is coming, or if there isn’t some other idea for the game.
Sure, it’s an exhibition, and home field advantage guarantees nothing (ask the Giants), but it would seem very controllable to keep the mid-summer classic consistent. We will likely be given more answers as time goes on, but for now, what are your thoughts on the decision?
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