All Star doings 2019

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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 (four months ago) link

I wish Gallo was part of the derby

Van Horn Street, Monday, 8 July 2019 16:35 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

Is Alonso the first rookie to win the HR derby?

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

(judge also won the derby as a rookie)

mookieproof, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:56 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

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

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 22:11 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link


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