YOU TALKIN’ TO ME – JULY 10
By ISM Staff

SHOULD THE ALL STAR GAMES BE ELIMINATED

Well, gentlemen, and I use that term loosely, I’m talkin’ to all of you when I say this.  Sadly, the All-Star games have outlived their usefulness and should be eliminated.

Simply, this is a business decision.  Players are now making way too much money to chance a significant injury. For that reason, the level of effort is balanced by trying to prevent a career ending event.

In fact, that actually happened in 1970.  In the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, American League catcher Ray Fosse was speared by Pete Rose during a play at the plate.  The result was Rose was safe and the National League won and Fosse suffered a fractured shoulder and was never the same.

Yeah, South Beach and Chowdah Head, I know this was way before you were even born.  Brooklyn, you may have been in diapers or just a gleam in Papa Kriete’s eye.  Still, Fosse lost his livelihood in a meaningless exhibition and that ain’t right.

Sadly, it has got to a point where the money outweighs the contest.  The NFL Pro Bowl has become flag football.  The next check-in an NHL All-Star game will be the first.  There’s more defense played in a pickup game in the schoolyard than in an NBA All-Star contest.   More player opt-out of the MLB Mid-Summer Classic than play.

Gents, like the Ottoman Empire in the early 1900s that was dubbed “a sick man who has fallen into a state of decrepitude” by Czar Nicholas I of Russia, the All-Star game scenarios in all four major North American professional leagues are heading in that direction.  Before it reaches that state, the powers that be need to pull the plug on something that has outlived its usefulness and value.

So, what say you, boys.  Yeah, I’m talkin’ to you and especially you, Chowdah Head, now that your part of the club.

Low Ball, only dinosaurs like you and I know about the Ray Fosse incident. But it serves as the best example to get rid of these sideshow games. Injuries, although rare in these exhibitions, do occur.

For that exact reason, fellas, I never want a player for my team in an All-Star game if my team is in contention. Jacob deGrom for the Mets is taking a pass on the mid-summer classic this season, and it is a very team-friendly decision. What does deGrom or the Mets have to gain from him throwing to say, Ohtani, this coming week? Only injury.

Additionally, many of these All-Star games are laughable in terms of the effort that players put forth. You are correct, for a change, Low Ball. The Pro Bowl is a glorified two-hand touch game. The NBA All-Star game is a veritable three-point contest and the NHL version is a shootout.

So, if we can agree that these games should go, what should we offer as an alternative, fellas?

Adam Sznapstajler

Gentlemen, I’m going to have to disagree here. Although I don’t think the Pro Bowl fits in to this group, I truly believe the MLB, NHL, and NBA all star game should continue.

To start off with, I don’t think we are going to see any all star games go away any time soon because of one very important factor, money. Players and their unions will not want to get rid of an additional revenue source for their players.

I do applaud what the NHL and NBA have done in the past few years, shifting their format, making a tournament for the NHL all star game and the NBA all star game that is broken into 4 individual quarter competitions for charity. The changing of formats seems to have re-energized the athletes competing.

Additionally the NHL and NBA have awesome All Star Saturday Night competitions with skills challenges, dunk contests, etc. This creates almost a festival atmosphere over the weekend.

I do think there’s one sport that needs an upgrade to their all star format, MLB. Unlike back in Low Ball’s and Brooklyn’s days when players from opposing leagues only met during the World Series, inter league play has dampened the specialness of the preceding. Unlike the other all star games, the MLB game also has less physical theatre creating a boring game. Even the home run derby has become droll.

I do think there are advancements to be had to improve the game, for instance they introduced mid-inning on-field interviews a couple years ago and that was a hit. I just think MLB needs to modernize their game (shocking, right!?)

But I do want to end with advocating for the end of the Pro Bowl. All it is, is another opportunity for concussions and injuries.

Overall, I’m a fan of this all star game.  Low Ball, who is this Ray Fosse guy you are talking about anyway?

Fellas, first of all thanks for making me a part of this segment. I would have to agree that the all star games themselves should be eliminated, but the other events on all star weekend should not. Although I think the Pro Bowl for the NFL should be eliminated, it is too hard to make players show an effort when they are not trying to hurt each other. The NFL should add some more interesting events to their all star weekend. The NHL changes it up each year and have done some pretty cool things that provide entertainment for the fans. The three on three tournament, hardest shot, fastest skater etc. is very entertaining and you could see a level of effort on the ice.

I am not a huge baseball guy, but I always tune in to the home run derby each year, as I think it is very interesting. Although the actual game may be a little boring, I think that it is cool to see all the best players on the field together.  I would agree with South Beach that the MLB should add a more modern event.

Along with the NHL, I think the NBA does a really good job with their all star weekend and all the different events they have. It is definitely entertaining, but like all the other sports the actual game itself is god awful to watch. I think its cool for the first 5 minutes.  Then, when you quickly realize that no one is really trying, I change the channel. So to answer the question yes I think the games should be eliminated, the other events should stay and then focus on those.