Weekly Hypothetical: Pick One Active or Retired Player to Crank Up the Intrigue at the 2012 All Star Game
By this point, we’ve all heard about the Tony La Russa/Dusty Baker spat stemming from the perceived slight in the All-Star reserve selections. Even if the manager is a ceremonial, post-retirement figurehead sitting in the dugout, it’s inevitable that he is going to catch some heat trying to pick from the pool of current players.
Manager of an All Star Game can be a prestigious role. It can also be controversial. It can be empowering yet demoralizing. Every team participates, but some still complain.
But critics such as Dusty Baker ignore that the true influence on the rosters exists within the target audience – the fans. Not only are the fans responsible for the starters, but also capping off the rosters by voting in one final participant.
And no matter what Bud Selig and his minions tell the public, the true motivation driving MLB is not determining World Series home field advantage, it’s pulling every string they can find to tick TV ratings up a few notches.
So what if we shook things up a bit and offered more intrigue to the final selections? What if the attention was taken off of moves that Tony La Russa and Ron Washington make with their limited power and the public spotlight was thrust onto a representative from the most powerful entity involved in the All Star Game.
It all leads to this week’s hypothetical:
Let’s do it.
In an unexpected move intended to boost sagging ratings, Bud Selig abandons the current fan voting aspect of the All Star Game and instead grants you the authority to appoint the final member of the National League team. As part of the arrangement, the pool of players you are allowed to choose from includes not just current, but former players who will be required to play despite the understanding that they may not be in peak shape. Your choice will be introduced in a dramatic entrance on gameday.
What player do you go with to enhance fan interest in the Midsummer Classic and why?
We’ll read the top three answers on Episode 14 of The JoeSportsFan Show this Friday and give a JSF logo t-shirt to the lucky individual that scores top honors. You can throw your hat into the ring one of three ways:
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