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Should MLB Keep Making All-Star Winner World Series Host?

Writer Believes Selig Should Not Make All-Star
Game Both Glorious Exhibition And Meaningful
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig should make the All-Star Game, which takes place tonight at Busch Stadium, a "glorious exhibition or make it meaningful, but don't try to make it both," according to Jim Reeves of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. MLB "continues to have the best All-Star Game in professional sports, by far," but Selig "wants the best of both worlds for baseball." He wants "all the pomp and circumstance, the pageantry and grandeur, of the NBA's All-Star Weekend, but he also wants a real game, with real consequences riding on the outcome." MLB since '03 has awarded home-field advantage for the World Series to the All-Star Game's winning league, but it "hasn't worked ... because every other change Selig and MLB have instituted since, like adding a 33rd player, a 13th pitcher, this year works to counter that very goal." Selig "must face the fact that nobody really cares who wins anymore, not even the players, and he can't manufacture intensity," and he should "give up on the home-field advantage thing and let it simply be an exhibition" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/14). Yankees SS Derek Jeter said of the All-Star Game, "I don't think this should determine home-field advantage. Even when the game didn't matter, I thought the players played hard" (N.Y. POST, 7/14). However, Selig said he is "absolutely" still committed to awarding home-field advantage to the winning league. Selig: "I can tell you the players and managers are really into the game. You look at the dugouts and you will see players watching from the top step and the managers doing everything they can to win the game" (WASHINGTON EXAMINER, 7/10). In San Diego, Nick Canepa wrote the All-Star Game, while "once tremendous," has become a "complete waste of time." The game "should be abolished," and so should "every other so-called all-star game, especially the Pro Bowl." The "worst thing" about the event now is that Selig, "realizing his All-Star Game stinks, has decided to make it 'important'" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/9).

HOSTS WITH THE MOST TO OFFER: In Philadelphia, Paul Hagen reports Phillies President & CEO Dave Montgomery at the All-Star Game "will make a point of running into" MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy to "get a sense of when Philadelphia might next host" the event. The Phillies "hosted the game at Veterans Stadium as recently as 1996," but the club since then have opened Citizens Bank Park. Montgomery: "We're anxious to do it, although it's not yet our turn. I thought when I'm in St. Louis I'd sidle up to (DuPuy) and ask him, 'What's the status? What's the feeling?'" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 7/14). Meanwhile, in K.C., Sam Mellinger cites sources as saying that Selig "most likely next month" will confirm that the Royals' Kauffman Stadium "will play host to the All-Star Game in 2012" (K.C. STAR, 7/14).

MAKING MOVES: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's David Biderman reports the merchandise of the 64 MLB players originally voted into the All-Star Game from June 5 to July 5 "represented nearly $850,000 in sales on eBay, with an average of $13,267 per player." Sales of Jeter merchandise totaled $199,176, "nearly 2 1/2 times more than" Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols, who ranked No. 3 with $83,646 in sales. Rays 3B Evan Longoria finished No. 2 with $86,182 in sales. The Red Sox and Yankees "rule the eBay sales standings" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 7/14). Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, Marc Topkin reports the "wives of the players and coaches got fitted in designer dresses for today's red-carpet motorcade through downtown St. Louis" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 7/14).

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