All -Star Game determining SCF home ice advantage? I wouldn’t dream of it

Dream a little dream with me Thrasherville.

Let’s say all of the wheeling, dealing and signings that Rick Dudley has done so far…and will do before October…nets the ultimate result that can be imaginable. He puts together a squad that makes all of our wildest dreams come true in the Thrashers community.

Imagine if you will, even if just for grins and giggles, Dudley and Co. put together a roster that works it’s way not only to just a playoff birth…not only to just a playoff win…not only to just one playoff series victory, but three playoff series triumphs… and they find themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals next spring.

Can you even get that kind of visual tuned into your noggins?

Uh-huh…Trixie will be handing out paper bags for those of you so overwhelmed with this thought that you’re now hyperventilating.

Now, just which team might the Thrashers be facing off against in this hypothetical scenario? Oh I don’t know…let’s just say for the sake of this fantasy that it’s the Nashville Predators… a team whose fans I like a lot. And besides, it’s only 3-1/2 up the road from the palatial Rawhide Estates in north Cobb County.

Or maybe it’s the Los Angeles Kings, complete with an Ilya Kovalchuk who would be finishing up his first season with that organization. Oh, and he’s playing with them only after settling for a couple million dollars less per season than the Thrashers tossed under his nose last winter. Just sayin’…

Either way, it doesn’t matter… because in our little far-fetched daydream, the Thrashers enter into the SCF with the better record. This would mean, of course, that Atlanta would host the all-important, do-or-die, there-is-no-tomorrow, it’s-now-or-never, deciding game-seven. And whether you’re a player, a coach or a fan…you want that seventh game of a series in your barn, don’t you?

However… like a cold bucket of water taken to the face, you realize that any game-seven won’t be in played in Philips arena. Instead, [insert name of hypothetical Western Conference Champions her] will get to host it.

Why? Well… because four months prior, the Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference in an All-Star Game that was played in Raleigh, North Carolina. Thus won home ice advantage for that conference’s eventual champion.

Even more irritating, the game was decided by one goal. That game-winner was scored by Edmonton’s Dustin Penner who slipped one past Toronto’s Jonas Gustavsson…two players and teams that didn’t even make the playoffs.

sigh…

OK…naptime is over. It’s time to wake up and re-join the real world again.

Now, the reason I spun that little dream sequence for you was to illustrate just how baseball fans of American League teams must be feeling this morning…specifically fans in Texas, Chicago and New York whose teams are currently leading their respective divisions. This is because last night, the National League squad beat the American League 3-1 in Anaheim, CA, thanks to Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann’s bases-clearing double in the seventh inning. It was the NL’s first victory since 1996.

I doing so, they also secured home field advantage for the team that wins the National League pennant this fall. So it doesn’t matter if the Rangers, White Sox or Yankees…or any other AL team…finishes with the best record in all of baseball or not. They won’t get home field advantage should they reach the World Series.

Should the NHL All-Star Game decide who gets home ice advantage in the SCF?

  • Absolutely! Putting something of value on the line will add an edge to the game. (12%, 16 Votes)
  • No way! It's only an exhibition game...nothing more. (88%, 114 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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Nope…it’s already been decided because, as many of you already know, MLB determines who gets home field advantage in the World Series by whichever league wins that year’s All-Star game.

This has been the case since 2002 after that mid-summer classic ended in a 2-2 tie.

It ended a draw because both teams ran out of pitchers.

They ran out of pitchers because both managers managed the game to get all players into the game, not necessarily to win the game.

Both managers did so because…well…that is how the MLB All-Star game had been played for decades.

It created such an uproar that commissioner Bud Selig and MLB scrambled to find a way to ensure this embarrassment would not visit their sport again. Their conclusion… to make the All-Star Game actually “mean something” again by putting home filed advantage in the World Series on the line in future All-Star Games.

Overreaction? Eh…maybe just a smidgen.

Since that time, the debate has raged as to whether placing such importance on what ultimately is just an exhibition game is the right thing to do. Those in favor of it argue that it has been successful in placing a competitive edge back into it. Players and managers, they’ll tell you, once again show up with the intention of winning the game…not just to going through the motions for the show.

Opponents of this rule insist that it’s not a real game…it’s just an exhibition for goodness sakes! As such, it shouldn’t be given the same weight of a “real” game by dangling home field advantage out there as an incentive. Besides, that is something that should be earned and should simply go to the team with the better record.

With that said…and as we await further news of signings and/or trades by Dudley and Thrashers… I throw this question out to you to chew on and debate. Should the NHL adopt the same policy as MLB and have the All-Star Game winner determine which conference champion gets home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals?

How would I answer the question? Simple. I would say, “No…I wouldn’t dream of such a thing”.

107 comments Add your comment

R. Stroz

July 14th, 2010
10:58 am

FIRST (Pounding chest like an undisciplined athlete)

Alan R.

July 14th, 2010
11:03 am

Imagine if you will, even if just for grins and giggles, Dudley and Co. put together a roster that works it’s way not only to just a playoff birth…not only to just a playoff win…not only to just one playoff series victory, but three playoff series triumphs… and they find themselves in the Stanley Cup Finals next spring.

And then, I wake up. It’s Hell, July, 2010. The temperature outside is in the 90s. The preseason is still two months away. And I WANT MY COFFEE.

The Smooth Spark

July 14th, 2010
11:04 am

Bad idea. The game should mean nothing and goalies’ egoes checked at the boards in a 12 – 10 scoring fest. The game is supposed to be a fun show-case of talents and skill.

Re-posting for interested parties:

Just for reference, here are the dates on which we announced the re-signing of our RFA’s last summer:

7/15 – Lehtonen, 1 yr $3.0 M

7/16 – Armstrong, 1 yr $2.4 M

7/17 – Lehman, Lewis & Stapleton (all RFA’s) re-signed to 1 year deals

7/20 – Evander Kane signs his ELC (we can prolly expect Burmie to sign his sooner as he is slated to return to Russia after camp)

7/21 – Valabik re-signed a 2-year deal worth an avg of $762.5 K per

R. Stroz

July 14th, 2010
11:10 am

The losing team should have the choice to do 30 minutes of suicides after the game or be forced to sign autographs for three hours after the game.

glovesave29

July 14th, 2010
11:14 am

Bud Selig…don’t get me started!

Having the All Star game decide home field advantage in the World Series is a dumb idea. Hockey adopting it is even dumber.

Here’s a novel idea Bud…how about the BEST TEAM gets more home games. Novel idea, I know! It still makes the AS game worth nothing to the vast majority of the players. Do you really think players from Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Milwaukee (or any of the other teams that spend less than 25% of what the Yankees do) are motivated by the fact that they are playing for home field in the Series? They don’t. There is no incentive for them, other than professional pride, and to play for the next contract that will get them the hell out of there.

Dwayne

July 14th, 2010
11:15 am

RStroz….right after you did a 360 windmill 2 fisted double pump off a springboard slam over Herve Villicheave….DA PLANE DA PLANE

rob

July 14th, 2010
11:15 am

Hell no. All Star games are for showing off. No real defense, no real “effort”, just glam and glitz for the fans

Tony C.

July 14th, 2010
11:24 am

Having the MLB All-Star game determine home field for the championship is a horrible idea. Even worse than the DH! Because at least the DH is something that happens all season long as opposed to a one-game exhibition. I hate the DH but taking away home field from a team that has played at the highest level for six months, survived a best-of-5 AND a best-of-7 series with the best teams in their league-to take away from that based off of the results of a one game exhibition is retarded.

The DH sucks too.

Spud Webb

July 14th, 2010
11:32 am

Bettman vs Selig…interesting debate.
Selig is useless to me, ITS AN EXHIBITION GAME. Good flipping lord. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, Yet he gets away with this??
I love baseball, but I won’t watch the all-star game because it decides home field advantage. I generally don’t watch any of the 4 sports all star games. They’re boring, BORING. I don’t care whats on the line.

Tony C.

July 14th, 2010
11:37 am

As for the NHL all-star game…I don’t like it. Most of the guys are just kind of gliding out there…. I actually enjoy the skills competition much more. I hear they’re thinking about a “trick shot” competition this year-basically a hockey version of H.O.R.S.E.-which I think would be badass-imagine what we’d see from the likes of #17, St. Louis, the Sedin SIsters, Gaborik and that big sumbitch from Anaheim.

ew11

July 14th, 2010
11:49 am

I agree that having the All-Star game decide the home team is a horrible idea in any sport. However, I think you’re forgetting how MLB used to do it. It wasn’t the best team/record that got it, they alternated every year.

Russ

July 14th, 2010
11:51 am

If you’ll remember, before letting the all-star game decide home field advantage, it was simply alternated between AL and NL regardless of records. So, they went from one stupid idea to another. Personally, I think the NFL should have home field advantage for the team with the better record up to and including the Superbowl. They are going to have a Superbowl in New York in a few years, so the cold weather argument is out the window. Obviously, the NFL would never do this because it is such a huge money-maker they wouldn’t want to risk having a Superbowl in Green Bay with only two weeks to prepare for it. It would be nice to see sports not be all about money for a change, but alas I am just dreaming.

Rawhide

July 14th, 2010
11:53 am

ew11 & Russ – You are correct regarding the way MLB alternated home field advantage between the two leagues prior to 2002. Thanks for pointing that out.

hip czech

July 14th, 2010
12:01 pm

Having been burned twice by the Minnesota Twins winning every home game and losing every away game… once in ‘87 as a Cards fan (which I was before moving here) and then ‘91 as a Braves fan the baseball format was not ideal before the ASG deciding it.

I think baseball ought to go to a best 2 out of 3 to determine home field….the 3 being:

1) the home run derby
2) the ASG
3) resurrect the old ABC superstars series and have a superstars competition on Wednesday after the ASG

A far more equitable way to determine it.

On the hockey side, slightly off topic…wasn’t it not too many years ago the NHL re-seeded the playoffs after each round?

FormerIslesFan

July 14th, 2010
12:07 pm

HC,

The NHL still reseeds after the first round with the highest remaining seed in each conference getting the lowest remaining seed. Honestly, I’m not sure how home ice for the Finals is determined, but I think it is more total points during the regular season.

Unless you are referring to the even older days when the NHL just took the top 16 teams no matter what division/conference they were in. That was fund (and as an Isles fan back then, the possibility of playing the Ranger$ in the SCF was always an intriguing possibility).

hip czech

July 14th, 2010
12:10 pm

FIF, yeah, I guess I was thinking about when they just took the top 16 teams regardless….that was pretty interesting.

True confessions..I’ve never admitted this but back in my youth in upstate NY I was an Islanders fan (from the get go)…hated the Rangers (still do) so I’m with you there.

hip czech

July 14th, 2010
12:13 pm

just to add….my first NHL game I ever attended was a NYI-Edmonton game back in ‘81 at the old Nassau Coliseum (it’s even OLDER now…still can’t believe it is in use). Bossy, Trottier, Potvin, etc. and the beginning of the Edmonton dynasty…I think the game wound up something like 6-5.

hip czech

July 14th, 2010
12:19 pm

…wearing my Bob Bourne #14 Islanders jersey :-)

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
12:34 pm

Not sure we even need all star games anymore. Why play the game if the product isn’t going to resemble the quality expected in regular season games? This is why NBA, NHL and MLB have various skills competitions; they know the game product will not attract the fan support needed to justify the games itself. Name your all star teams, celebrate the players and just deep six the games themselves.

The only all star game that means anything to me is the MLB Game, because of how much I enjoyed them when I was younger. The 1971 MLB All Star game in Tiger Stadium may be the best all star game of all time, in any sport.

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Spud-100% agreed!
Selig is totally useless, I have no idea how the modern day version of Shemp Howard keeps his job. He has contributed nothing to baseball, a statue, which is probably how the owners want it!

Badger Bob

July 14th, 2010
12:54 pm

Best record should win home advantage in every sport at every level. I don’t watch any all-star games except MLB because of lack of effort / doesn’t resemble regular season quality. At least in MLB, you are seeing best efforts in most of the pitcher-batter match ups. But they didn’t need to make the game “meaningful” to make it entertaining – that was a stupid knee-jerk reaction.

Possibly stupider playoff format is the “2-3-2″ format of NBA. You telling me those ball bouncing prima donnas can’t handle one extra round trip on a private jet while pursuing the ultimate prize? The team that earned home court advantage actually doesn’t have the advantage in the oft-pivotal Game 5. Stupid and lazy.

Brendan

July 14th, 2010
1:05 pm

An All-Star game is a meaningless exhibition game where the best players gather to appreciate that fans voted them there. The idea is … to play a fun game, without anyone getting hurt. And to promote the league and stars of the game. It’s a fun weekend, usually.

To make that game determine where Game 7 of the Finals is … just seems misplaced. That stabs the purpose of the season right through the heart. Let’s take the results of this year’s playoffs. If the East won the All-Star game, then the 7th seeded Flyers would have HOSTED the Stanley Cup Finals, depite only having 88 or 89 points, in a very weak Conference. Meanwhile, Chicago was one of the very best teams all season long, finishing well over 100-points, with a 2nd seed. But because Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk scored an overtime winner on Edmonton’s Nicholai Khabibulin, (Edmonton) the Flyers get to host?? Atlanta and Edmonton weren’t even playoff teams, as Rawhide’s blog makes reference.

I’d never want the fate of home ice for Game 7 of the Finals for my team to be in the hands of players on a different club. Nobody washes a rental car, if you feel what I’m saying.

rob

July 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

hip,
took me a minute to figure out what the owners of the Thrashers (ASG) had to do with your post…all this talk of baseball is zzzzzzzzzzzzz

glovesave29

July 14th, 2010
1:26 pm

The NHL ASG is fun to go to because the players have fun. They try new things, interact with the fans in the arena during the game. It is what it is. MLB is the same, but to a lesser extent. The NFL is the truly useless game. No one works hard because no one wants to get hurt. And I cannot say that I blame them one bit.

I cannot give an opinion on the NBA, because it is not worth my time, and as I have said before – when I am elected president, I will abolish the NBA.

kracker

July 14th, 2010
1:41 pm

tweet – SpectorsHockey Ominous Rumor: the NHL will seek to lower the salary cap ceiling in the next CBA to $48 million.

Oh no! I don’t want another strike/lockout!!

kracker

July 14th, 2010
1:44 pm

Another tweet – BenThrashers Re: salary cap space- the Thrashers have 8 RFAs who made a combined $8 million last yr. Will likely make closer to $15 million this yr.

Hockey Biltong

July 14th, 2010
1:45 pm

It all depends on when they stop serving the BEER!

Buzilla in CT

July 14th, 2010
1:51 pm

I think they should play the all star game in a non traditional hockey market (within reason). Take for instance, Hartford. They had a team, lost a team and are trying to get a team back. An all-star game in a city like Hartford could do wonders for revitalizing the game in that area. Play the AllStar game in the oversea’s market like they started doing in the beginning of the year. Do it in Hamilton, so they will shut the F up.

This will never happen, and to answer your question, the all star game should be what it is intended to be. A display of the best players in a non meaninful game that is…here is the key word…FUN. Fun for the players and the fans. I don’t agree with the MLB or even the NFL moving there all star (all pro) game. It’s not necessary. They are trying to put more emphasis on these game to generate more money. Not more fun.

Buzilla in CT

July 14th, 2010
1:57 pm

…oh and congrats to Hokie on his daughters birth.

glovesave29

July 14th, 2010
2:03 pm

kracker – the the NHLPA elects Don Fehr as their leader, I think we can all expect to see a work stoppage in the not too distant future.

Stempniak, Ponikarovski, Afinogenov, Frolov still out there…how long it too long to try and wait them out? We need some scoring! I know many are either waiting on Kovy, or wait until traning camp to fill out the roster…let’s beat them to the punch for once. That group of 4 are good for at least 80 goals next season.

Jack

July 14th, 2010
2:08 pm

It s sad to say that potentially 3 of the major sports could be striking within the next 3 years(NHL,NBA, and NFL). that truly stinks

rob

July 14th, 2010
2:13 pm

glovesave for president

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
2:33 pm

Badger-right on with the NBA 2-3-2 format. What’s up with that format? Never liked it, good call.
That format calls for a good old John Anderson W-T-F?!

kracker

July 14th, 2010
2:43 pm

WBF, lol on the Anderson immatation! And yes, the 2-3-2 is lame.

kracker

July 14th, 2010
2:44 pm

BenThrashers Not a bad piece on Byfuglien from The Hockey News. http://bit.ly/a9a43P

Red Light

July 14th, 2010
2:52 pm

Hokie: Congrats. I’m sure it’s a great day for you and you should be all smiles until you get up for the 2 a.m. feeding!

“An All-Star game is a meaningless exhibition game where the best players gather to appreciate that fans voted them there. The idea is … to play a fun game, without anyone getting hurt. And to promote the league and stars of the game. It’s a fun weekend, usually.” Brendan.

It also has become a clever ruse to up-sell current or would-be season ticket holders, the fatted calf as it were. Yes, it’s fun and entertaining but it’s a BS exercise and the modern-day player for the most part doesn’t want to be there. Comments like: “It’s an honor to be named by the fans, blah blah blah have been replaced by, “Well, it’s a little inconvenient, I have a lower body injury and could use the rest.”

When guys were holding down jobs at a clothing store or selling tires in the off season, it might have been more meaningful, but today it’s just a senseless interruption to the regular season. If you don’t use regular season records, then what good is the regular season in the first place?

glovesave29: What price do you want to pay for those 20 goals? That’s the key question!

Smoothest of Sparks: Thank you.

Bill: I like Paquette, a lot!

litz

July 14th, 2010
3:06 pm

*ouch* …

“In Atlanta, the only chip they know is barbequed bitterness”

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
3:21 pm

kracker-WTF is the one thing I will miss from Anderson.
Of course we all know, he was a better “reactor” than he was a planner.
I don’t we will hear WTF from Rammer or Duds, though I am sure Dudley could rattle the locker room walls if properly motivated.

Tony C.

July 14th, 2010
3:46 pm

Yeah, I’m going to be really really excited if Byfuglien scores more than 12 goals this season. The guy is clearly nonplussed AT BEST about being here. I don’t think we’re going to get anything close to the dominating player we saw in the playoffs for Chicago. Instead I think we’re getting a bored guy that was a 4th-liner most of last season. I love my hometown, but harbor no illusions as to the way we are perceived throughout the league and in Frostbackland in general. “It is what it is” was his response when asked about the trade-dude sounds thrilled to be a Thrasher. This is why I’d like to see us re-sign Afinigenov or get a Gagne/Svatos somebody that’s a proven scoring forward.

Dwayne

July 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

Baseball players will tell you after the first one, they could care less. The game itself is ok they say. It’s all the media crap they have to do leading up to the actual game. As far as selig, we was an embarrasment to baseball during those steriod hearings. As far as that 20 goal scorer, I can not see anyone one doing anything until Kovy signs. Why would they? Evidentally no one is blowing them away with an offer. Look at the first rounders in the NFL?? One signs and they start falling like dominoes

Dwayne

July 14th, 2010
4:01 pm

Didn’t Bergie and Oduya say the same thing? It is what it is? I wonder if they still feel that way? Who knows. Maybe Duds has talked to the new players, and I wonder if he did, did it do any good. I guess they hear and read the same crap about the Octotards as we do. I’d be depressed too. Maybe there is motiation to build something good in Atlanta that lights a fire in there hearts, put some people in the seats. Time will tell.

Badger Bob

July 14th, 2010
4:43 pm

Don’t put too much stake in player’s reactions or quotes about being somewhere. In terms of hockey and lifestyle, Ottawa is everything Atlanta isn’t. But no one, even Canadian players, seem to want to be there either. And no one was thrilled about being a Blackhawk 5 years ago. Start winning, and everyone is glad to be there. Keep losing, and they all want out of town.

Step5555

July 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

kracker – The cap ceiling is a floating number – the league is likely looking to change how that number was calculated, but to say that they’re “reducing it to $48 million” isn’t at all accurate.

For instance, imagine leaguewide revenues fell by about 20% this year. Under the current CBA, that would reduce the cap by approximately that amount, to $48 million. Conversely, if they grew by that same amount, the cap would be in the mid-60s.

glovesave29

July 14th, 2010
5:04 pm

Remember, the players have to put a large amount of their salary into an escrow account should the league not have the revenues to support the cap level that is instituted prior to the season. Should revenues fall short, the owners get the escrow money. If the numbers are met as to the projections, then the players get the escrow money. Seems silly of the owners to risk bad publicity, both in the eyes of the players and of the fans to attempt to lower the cap when they know the escrow money is heading their way if revenues fall short of projections.

Mark

July 14th, 2010
6:04 pm

Baseball is different then the other professional sports. You cant play a NHL/NFL/NBA allstar game and compete at the same level as a regular season game soley because guys will get injured and its not worth it. However, in baseball, every player can play at 100% and not risk anything to their career or respected teams (maybe the pitcher) in an allstar game. The allstar game in hockey is a joke right now, and would be even if it decided homeice advantage. However, could you imagine in an awful 9-9 game, with 5minutes left, Patrick Kane gets the puck in his zone…what is he going to do>? Dance around and like a 4year old and cough up the puck doing circles like the players do for the entire game or is he going to grip his stick and try to get that goal so that his team does get home ice advantage? I think the NHL needs to make the allstar game worth something instead of a waste of time.

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

No game is more worthless than the NFL ProBowl, add the way that the players are selected, the number of them who do not participate for whatever reason.

Brendan

July 14th, 2010
6:30 pm

I just want to see an “honest” cap. I don’t buy that “the average team” could spend anywhere near the $59.5 million cap limit. Or whatever it is. Okay, stop.

Just stop right there. Let’s suppose that all 30 clubs spent to the MAX. How do the NHL accountants even begin to fix that kind of operating loss? And yet, they’re perfectly willing to set the cap limit to this artificial, “cooked books” figure, to help out the Detroits, Montreals, and Bostons of the league. When the truth is, markets like Anaheim, Phoenix, Carolina, Atlanta … struggle to meet the floor of the cap. And quite literally need the revenue-sharing dollars (Atlanta’s is between $14 and $17 million, depending on attendance level) to survive.

Well, call me whatever suits you, but if 19 of the 30 NHL franchises CANNOT spend to the max, period the end, then the cap limit is too high. Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the NHL, said his top stated goal of the lockout was to create “30 healthy franchises.” Every year of this CBA that I can remember, there’s been 2-3 clubs literally on the verge of bankruptcy. The NHL is doing all it can to prop up the Phoenix market. Edmonton, Minnesota and Tampa Bay, along with Buffalo and Pittsburgh prior to the lockout, have literally had to be rescued by new ownership and/or the NHL, itself. We can certainly look to stats like 12 of the possible 20 Conference Final slots have gone to different teams over the past 5 seasons to say, “See, the wealth is being shared. The CBA is working. (Only Detroit has been the CF three times during this CBA.) But I think the reality is … the best markets will always be able to attract the Tier I free agents, and be able to afford them. It’s not okay that the Florida Panthers stay at or near the bottom of league, year after playoff-less year.

I understand why Bettman does what he does. I do. I get it. Look at the TV-ratings for Chicago vs. Philadelphia in the SCF. They were the best in 36 years! Bettman needs his Detroits, New Yorks, Bostons, Phillys, etc., to be in the showcase event. These traditional markets bring in the viewership. If you asked Gary Bettman privately, how he’d view a Final Four (Conf. Finals) of Phoenix vs. Nashville and Carolina vs. Atlanta, he’d probably have a heart attack on the spot. And after regaining his composure, he’d say, “How about Boston vs. Toronto … and Detroit vs. Chicago, instead?” If the Predators and Thrashers were to actually ever meet for the Stanley Cup, I’m not even sure the ratings throughout Georgia and Tennessee would that great for the Finals. My point? Well, lowering the cap to a plateau on which everyone could compete … would allow Nashville to potentially face Atlanta, one fine day, for the Stanley Cup. At that point, it would only be about “good decision making/risk taking. And luck.” I long for that day. That’s an “honest” day. And ticket prices would be lower, too. But, we can’t have the Red Wings outside of the playoff picture. Their spillover revenue props up the Phoenix Coyotes and Atlanta Thrashers. And we’re supposed to be grateful for that. For, as Ranallo10 might say, “Be lucky the NHL forces teams to have a cap payroll within $16 million of the cap limit. Or you wouldn’t even have the roster that you do.” Sadly, he’s right.

Hockey Biltong

July 14th, 2010
6:39 pm

Urrrrrrrrrrrrrp! Tasty!!!!!

Barry

July 14th, 2010
8:14 pm

Glad you created this blog because I’ve been wanting to vent about this thing about the MLB Allstar game for a while.

Having the Allstar game determine home field advantage is a complete and absolute JOKE! Are you kidding me? A bunch of players from different teams determines who gets home field advantage for ONE team in the World Series? Home field advantage is just that…an advantage. The home team gets last at bat. So what’s the point in having a better record between the two teams if it means absolutely positively *bleeping* nothing! It punishes the better team having an exhibition game determine which side gets home field advantage. The Allstar game is an exhibition game that is showcasing some of the best talent in the game of baseball today. It’s a fluff game. A time for players to have fun. Did you see the at bat between that Cubs player and Valverde? They were both smiling and having fun having a cat and mouse battle seeing who could get the better of each other. That’s what the Allstar game is about. Having good sportmanship fun and having elite players face off against each other. Why can’t MLB League go back to having whoever has the best record gets home field advantage. Otherwise what’s the point of winning all those ballgames if it means jack squat if the other league is already awarded home field advantage anyway.

World Be Free

July 14th, 2010
8:42 pm

Hey Barry, I totally agree. But that’s what baseball gets for having an idiot like Selig as it’s commissioner. Selig is a human testpattern (for those of you who remember what a testpattern is). Such a tragedy that Bart Giamatti died, he could have been what the game of baseball needed in the modern era.