All Star doings 2019

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Whether you care or not, I think the 6 best outfielders are clear

Trout, Betts, Gallo
Bellinger, Yelich, Acuna

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:27 (two months ago) link

Hopefully Gallo will be healthy by the break to play (if his manager lets him?)

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:42 (two months ago) link

the futures game will be seven innings long : /

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 16:15 (two months ago) link

I think j0rdan left in the 7th at Citi Field, so

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:13 (two months ago) link

btw

As a reminder, there's a new format for All-Star Game voting this year. The main portion of the voting opened May 28 and will run through June 21. After that, the top three vote-getters at each position will move into a separate one-day runoff vote to determine the starter at each position.

Imitating our broken political system, good move, Rob.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:51 (two months ago) link

what's the process now if the teams are tied after nine? keep going indefinitely? runner on second?

in several minor leagues they now go to a home run derby, though i'm not sure exactly how it works

mookieproof, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:03 (one month ago) link

Gio Urshela being 2nd at AL 3b is not something that anyone foresaw in April.

smdh at Cardinal fans, with DeJong being 8th at NL SS.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 18:59 (one month ago) link

Gallo not invited to the HR derby despite being 7th in the AL in HRs (incl. 2 today lol).

Too bad he didn't have a famous father. #nepotism

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 27 June 2019 18:26 (one month ago) link

this is the earliest i can recall a starting pitcher being named

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-all-star-game-dodgers-hyun-jin-ryu-named-starting-pitcher-for-national-league/

then again he's clearly having the best year

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 14:18 (one month ago) link

... well, likely not better than Scherzer, but Roberts is obv inclined to pick his own guy.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 1 July 2019 14:50 (one month ago) link

I heard they're using an Opener this year. #disruption #hackthegame #innovation #moneyball

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 1 July 2019 16:26 (one month ago) link

Hunter Pence!!

brimstead, Monday, 1 July 2019 17:18 (one month ago) link

pence is out with a groin (injury) ;_;

mookieproof, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 20:39 (one month ago) link

midsommar classic

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 23:34 (one month ago) link

Yelich out of Derby, bad back

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 July 2019 11:56 (one month ago) link

I wish Gallo was part of the derby

Van Horn Street, Monday, 8 July 2019 16:35 (one month ago) link

With those violent swings, I was worried that Vlad's head was gonna pop off his shoulders and roll down the third-base line.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 10:58 (one month ago) link

They have a page for the Derby on Baseball Reference:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Home_Run_Derby

No recollection of how they did it early on, but look at first few winning totals: 6, 4, 4, 4, 3, 3, 3. Seven years, 27 HR, fewer than one round of Guerrero last night.

I haven't taken an interest since Griffey-Thomas-McGwire-Bonds-Sosa. I think inviting Guerrero instead of Gallo was probably smart--just use it as a promotional tool at this point.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:08 (one month ago) link

I guess Guerrero and Gallo aren't connected, that it was a health issue with Gallo...so amend that to I think inviting Guerrero, even though his numbers clearly didn't warrant an invitation, was smart.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:17 (one month ago) link

Is Alonso the first rookie to win the HR derby?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:37 (one month ago) link

Posnanski has a "What I'd Do with the All-Star Game" piece up today (behind a paywall). A couple of good bits:

In 1978, 47 million people watched the All-Star Game.
In 1988, 33 million people watched the All-Star Game.
In 1998, 25 million people watched the All-Star Game
In 2008, 16 million people watched the All-Star Game
In 2018, fewer than nine million people watched the All-Star Game.

He then goes on to look at why.

Issue 2: Choices

Television ratings for EVERYTHING is down because we have so many more television channels to watch. TV people tell me all the time — and they’re right — that it’s silly to compare TV ratings today to ratings of even 10 years ago, much less 40 years ago.

Sure, 47 million people watched the 1978 All-Star Game...what choice did we have? We had three channels then, and you know what our choices were?

— MLB All-Star Game
— The Death of Richie with Ben Gazarra, Eileen Brennan and Robby Benson.
— Reshowing of West Side Story.

Yeah, 47 million people are going to watch the All-Star Game if those are the other options. *

*Plus, leading into the All-Star Game, ABC had the Happy Days where, and I quote, “Potsie panics when he faces the initiation for being pinned to a sorority, but Fonzie saves the day with a surefire lifesaver.” I mean, with a lead-in like that...

The options now are to watch the All-Star Game or literally watch anything that has ever been made. So, yes, that’s a tougher battle for Baseball, even if they could bring back the Potsie lead-in.

I have corrected Joe's alarming misspelling of Potsie.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:05 (one month ago) link

the vladito/joc round was really fun. obviously vlad jr. was the star but i was impressed with joc's ability to keep up too.

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:20 (one month ago) link

(judge also won the derby as a rookie)

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:56 (one month ago) link

Worst picks since 2002:

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-worst-all-stars-since-2002/

In the Posnanski piece I quoted from above, he might argue--an argument made by many--that Hamilton, as the reigning MVP, was defensible: "I honestly think that one of the problems with the All-Star Game is that it is viewed more as a reward for players — who DESERVES and DOESN’T DESERVE to go — and less as a show."

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 22:04 (one month ago) link

Correction: it was the year after Hamilton won the MVP.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 22:11 (one month ago) link

no one remembers who made the team a week later.

I bet if this still 'counted' for WS homefield, Fox still would talked to Freeman during his plate appearance.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:25 (one month ago) link

took me til bottom 2nd to mute Buckfuck

nonstop interviews of players on the field is an insult to everyone; this doesn't even rise to the level of an exhibition game in Fox's world.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:54 (one month ago) link

I stopped watching a few years ago. It's probably better, comparatively, than the basketball All-Star game, where they score like 300-350 points--at least they continue to play something that resembles baseball--but I just don't have any interest anymore. Maybe something, or somebody, will come along that will change that, I don't know.

clemenza, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 01:21 (one month ago) link

Alonso strikes out aaaaand goodnight!

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 02:01 (one month ago) link


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