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    Implications of MLB All-Star game

    The result of this year's All-Star game could be huge if the Cubs find a way to get to the world series. As you know, the winning league gets home field advantage in the world series. Well the Cubs are 32-8 at home and 16-20 on the road. Having home field advantage in the playoffs could be a huge deal to the Cubs path to breaking the 100 year drought.

    Fortunately the Cubs should be well represented in the All-Star game. I think even Dempster will be on the NL roster, hard to ignore his record and ERA right now which is one of the best amongst NL starting pitchers.

    Waiting for the latest totals to come out but back in late May the Cubs had several players in the top 3 in the voting: The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Cubs players chase All-Star history

    Soto, Fukudome, and Soriano all would be starters based on the totals at that time. I think Ramirez has a strong case to be on the team and Lee will likely lose out in the numbers game with Berkman getting the starting spot and Pujols will likely be 1 if not possibly the only Cardinal on the roster. The Cardinals, despite having a surprising season so far doesn't have anyone else that really stands out. Ludwick maybe has a chance, possibly Lohse with his 9-2 record but outside of Pujols no one has really had an all-star caliber season. They have several guys that have out-performed expectations that's for sure.


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    To be honest with you, I'm not too concerned with who gets home field advantage in the World Series. Sometimes, I think it's better not to have home field advantage in these 7 game series because you get the middle three games back to back to back at home.



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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    It is such an awful idea to have the winner of the All Star game decide home field advantage.



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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    If the Cubs win the World Series this year, I think Steve Bartman should ride a goat into the stadium as part of the celebration.


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    I had already thought about this topic... I just don't want to get presumptive with more than half the season left... we'll see how it plays out.


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by throwittoblythe View Post
    If the Cubs win the World Series this year, I think Steve Bartman should ride a goat into the stadium as part of the celebration.
    I think most intelligent Cubs fans don't blame Bartman, they blame Alex Gonzalez for booting a potential double play ball right after that. In fact, I really hope that in some way he's back in the public and at Wrigley some day because he sounded like a true Cubs fan just like any 1 of us and now his life is forever tainted because of that 1 game. Had it been any of the other fans there that touched that ball their name would forever be associated with that incident not his. I see a lot of other hands going for that ball:






    If you watch the video of that from the other angle there are at least 3 other people reaching over Bartman going after that ball too. The Cubs winning the world series would be a good start to him getting back to a more normal life probably.


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    It is such an awful idea to have the winner of the All Star game decide home field advantage.
    Bud Selig = Genius



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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Here's my question for this topic. Say the American League wins the All-Star game and gets home field. The Cubs face the Yankees in the World Series. With the first two games at Yankee Stadium using the DH, would you have Big Z pitch Game 3 at Wrigley so that he can bat in the lineup?


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    Here's my question for this topic. Say the American League wins the All-Star game and gets home field. The Cubs face the Yankees in the World Series. With the first two games at Yankee Stadium using the DH, would you have Big Z pitch Game 3 at Wrigley so that he can bat in the lineup?
    I'll throw a question on top of this...does the manager HAVE to DH for the pitcher? I know in HS ball (obviously not the same) you can DH for anyone in the line-up. With a good hitting pitcher like Zambrano, would you rather DH for someone who isn't hitting well?

    Does anyone know the official rule on the DH?


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    Here's my question for this topic. Say the American League wins the All-Star game and gets home field. The Cubs face the Yankees in the World Series. With the first two games at Yankee Stadium using the DH, would you have Big Z pitch Game 3 at Wrigley so that he can bat in the lineup?
    No because you need him available to pitch at least 2 possibly 3 games if it goes to game 7. He'd probably pitch game 4 or 5 at Wrigley anyways.


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by throwittoblythe View Post
    I'll throw a question on top of this...does the manager HAVE to DH for the pitcher? I know in HS ball (obviously not the same) you can DH for anyone in the line-up. With a good hitting pitcher like Zambrano, would you rather DH for someone who isn't hitting well?

    Does anyone know the official rule on the DH?
    You don't have to use the DH rule, however, if you bat your pitcher you cannot insert a DH later in the game if you pull the pitcher and the pitcher cannot continue to hit which is why Z did not hit when the Cubs played at AL parks. If you move your DH to a position in the field you also lose the DH and the pitcher now has to hit.


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by akclone View Post
    Bud Selig = Genius
    Bud has done some very good things for baseball. This was not one of them.



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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    You don't have to use the DH rule, however, if you bat your pitcher you cannot insert a DH later in the game if you pull the pitcher and the pitcher cannot continue to hit which is why Z did not hit when the Cubs played at AL parks. If you move your DH to a position in the field you also lose the DH and the pitcher now has to hit.
    I need a little clarification...

    Say, for example, you have a great hitting pitcher. So, you DH for your second baseman. Can you do this? Obviously, the pitcher will have to bat the whole game, but is it within the rule book?


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Bud has done some very good things for baseball. This was not one of them.
    Contraction wasn't one of his bright and shining moments, either (especially since his family is directly involved with the Brewers and contraction talks centered around the Twins).


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    Re: Implications of MLB All-Star game

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Contraction wasn't one of his bright and shining moments, either (especially since his family is directly involved with the Brewers and contraction talks centered around the Twins).
    Nor were Congressional hearings.



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