Hot Clicks: Hilary Rhoda; MLB adds social media to All-Star Game
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I hate to give any attention to an exhibition game but I'm always fascinated by Major League Baseball's propensity to screw things up, so we need to discuss the All-Star Game. MLB wants you think the All-Star Game means something because it determines homefield advantage for the World Series. No matter how the league spins it, though, the All-Star Game is a fake game, an exhibition during which the best starters get pulled after a couple of innings, and players from the Cubs, Padres, Royals and Twins help determine homefield advantage in the World Series. But MLB wants you think the All-Star Game is this intense battle with tons on the line. So what does MLB do today? They announce that players can tweet from the field after they've left the game. Granted, this does not seem like it would impact the actual results, but if MLB wants you to think the All-Star Game is important and that players take it seriously, shouldn't the same rules for regular games apply, especially since home field for the World Series is at stake? Since the game is an exhibition, MLB should get rid of the World Series stipulation and just let the players tweet from the field during the game. THAT would be way more interesting than the actual game.
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