Amidst this flurry of PR disaster, MLB understandably decides that they have to do something to make up for the embarrassment everyone suffered in the commissioner’s own backyard. There’s just one problem: it’s still an exhibition game plopped down in the middle of the actual regular season schedule. This leaves a rather limited set of options for making adjustments to the game. You can’t very well pressure the pitchers to pitch more innings, because that starts to affect the regular season games, nor do you want to change the practice of trying to get everyone playing time, because that alienates the fans (mostly kids) who want to see the players on their favorite team. So you come up with what seems like a great idea for approximately ten seconds: make it count!
Of course, this idea is immediately derided by the same people whose sensibilities were offended by an exhibition game ending in a tie. The All-Star game should matter, they say, it just shouldn’t have any affect on the regular season.… Click here to read the rest