An exhibition game determines home field advantage for the World Series, something players from maybe 8 teams care about. Which is fine, if you had nothing but the best players playing in the game - which you don't, because much of the roster is determined by the fans, which makes it a popularity contest, not the best players. On top of that, every team must be represented, so more of the best players are forced to sit out so a player from the Astros or White Sox or Marlins can be on the team. And then the manager tries to get everyone to play in a game that supposedly matters.
Either the game matters and you get the absolute best players from each league playing in the game, regardless of which team they play for, and then they play the game as if it matters - or they continue to treat it as the exhibition it truly is.
It's a joke.
If the all star game is a joke, then what is the one-game wild-card playoff game? That is even worse. Any one game series in baseball is stupid.
As for the number of teams that care, there are probably 16 teams that still have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. I could maybe agree with you on who is selected, but only to an extent. I think most of the players on each roster are very deserving. But it could be improved if we just forgot about the teams who are last in their division. But all star game a joke? I have to respectfully disagree.
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