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Selig Strongly Indicates MLB Will Award '13 All-Star Game To Citi Field
Published July 13, 2011
CHANGE WILL DO YOU GOOD: In Phoenix, Paola Boivin writes the festivities surrounding this year's All-Star Game at Chase Field "were fun but flawed." Boivin presents "some ways to put the class back in Classic, the Midsummer version." MLB should "shorten the Home Run Derby," which lasted more than three hours on Monday night, and should "consider moving the All-Star Game to Wednesday." Also, "don't allow home-field advantage for the World Series to be at stake anymore." Boivin adds, "Find a way to encourage All-Star selections to show up. ... Don't let story lines like realignment become a distraction" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/13). In Miami, Greg Cote writes sports "should continue to name all-stars, though following a season, not in its midst." Cote: "You knew the baseball All-Star Game was in trouble when they introduced the bells and whistles such as, beginning in 1985, the Home Run Derby. ... The Home Run Derby is to baseball what the kazoo is to music. That the fading Midsummer Classic would festoon itself thusly is fitting. Only by comparison does baseball’s all-star presentation not sag completely" (MIAMI HERALD, 7/13).