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Selig OK With Derek Jeter's Decision To Skip All-Star Game Festivities
Published July 13, 2011
DISAPPOINTED WITH NO-SHOW: Fox’ Joe Buck and Tim McCarver during last night's All-Star Game discussed the players who did not attend the event, and McCarver said, “With Derek Jeter, with that celebration at Yankee Stadium, the home run for his 3,000 hit on Saturday, I was hopeful -- and I think a lot of baseball fans feel that way -- hopeful that Jeter had shown up here so the celebration could be a national celebration instead of just a local, New York celebration” (“MLB All-Star Game,” Fox, 7/12). Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard said it was “wrong” for Jeter not to attend the game, but added, “I agree it’s also his right, because if you don’t want it to be optional don’t make it optional.” However, Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan said, "He should be forced to be there” (“PTI,” ESPN, 7/12). L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "Baseball has to take a stand and make this game important or it’s becoming completely irrelevant" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/12). But ESPN's Tim Kurkjian said, "In some cases there’s no way around this. Baseball just has to understand that some guys are going to get hurt, some guys are going to value their health for the second half more importantly than they’re going to value the All-Star Game" ("Outside The Lines," ESPN, 7/12).
POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS: In K.C., Martin Manley wrote "unless something is done," the issue of player defections from the All-Star Game "will likely get worse and worse." MLB could "move the game back a day to Wednesday," or it could tell "all players that are selected or invited that they are expected to attend the game even if they don't attend any of the other events" (KANSASCITY.com, 7/12). In Detroit, Drew Sharp writes under the header, "Without Best Pitchers, This All-Star Game Strikes Out." MLB "should ditch the 'Sunday Rule' that prohibits starting pitchers from participating in the All-Star Game if they started two days earlier." Sharp writes he understands the intent behind it, but MLB instead should "limit those guys to one batter." MLB "has blown a great promotional opportunity," as they "overtweaked the parameters of the All-Star Game to the point of rendering it virtually useless" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 7/13).