3 Ways to Improve MLB All-Star Week

3 Ways to Improve MLB All-Star Week

Mitchell Ross
4 minute read

Now that we are less than a week away from the 2021 MLB All-Star Game in Denver, I am getting more excited to see the best and brightest talent that our sport offers.

 

As baseball continues to evolve to appeal to the younger generation I compiled three ways in which MLB can improve All-Star week.

 

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Skills challenges:

Yes, home runs are fun, but they aren’t the only aspect of the game. If MLB wants to display the most extraordinary talent in the world, they must showcase every part of the game. MLB could implement its own set of skills competitions similarly to the NBA skills competitions.

 

Ever since the league switched to a timed-round format for the HR Derby, it has been the most electric event in all sports. Watching the league’s best sluggers duke it out to see who can hit the most bombs in four minutes is fast-paced and stimulating. But aside from the derby, the league lacks the platform to showcase the other aspects of the game that make baseball a fun spectator event.

 

Is there a more exciting play than an outfielder unleashing a cannon of a throw to beat the runner at home? What if MLB incorporated a challenge between outfielders and baserunners to see who has the best and most accurate arm in the league. Outfielders would field a fly ball and try to beat the runner home. This competition would put the league’s best outfielders against the top baserunners to see who reigns supreme—offense or defense.

 

Or what if MLB created a competition to test the hands of a batter. Hitters would take at-bats and aim for various targets spread out across the field. Each target would have an assigned point value, and the hitter who collects the most points in a given amount of time can say they hit the ball in hole better than anyone in the game.

 

There can even be a competition for the catchers to see who can throw out the most runners. The possibilities are endless.

 

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Sandlot Style Draft:

To borrow from the NBA, who does everything right when it comes to All-Star, why is there no draft for the All-Star game?

 

Now that the All-Star game no longer decided home-field advantage in the World Series, there should be no need for league-centric teams. Instead, players should be able to draft their starting lineups and reserves for the midsummer classic.

 

All-Star voting would still commence as usual, with fans voting for their favorite players by position and league. But once the voting is complete and the leading vote-getters are announced in each league, the top in the NL and AL become team captains and pick a lineup from the elected starters. Imagine Buster Posey behind the plate catching Shohei Ohtani or Max Muncy fielding throws at 1B from Xander Bogaerts at SS. The collective talent in our game should not be bound by American or National league, and players should have more say in the All-Star game by picking their teams.

 

A plater draft not only grows connections between players that don’t regularly compete against one another but gives more viewership and revenue opportunity to the league by hosting an All-Star draft night on live TV.

 

Remember “Let the kids play”? I think it’s time we let the kids pick their All-Star teams.

 

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Make it an All-Star Weekend:

This is as simple as scheduling the All-Star red-carpet event on a Friday, the HR Derby on a Saturday night, and playing the game on Sunday night. Pretty simple, right?

 

MLB All-Star week is fun and exciting as is, but there is always room for improvement.

 

Do you think MLB make any of these changes?

 

 

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