Selig's having a Chat tomorrow. Anyone going to chime in?
Here's my contribution:
Dear Mr. Selig,
I have a question for you. Every All-Star game its the same thing. Whoever is
managing picks the majority of players from their own teams rather than someone
from another team who is just as talented or better!
I don't think the NY Yankees need any more exposure when someone from the White
Sox or Twins may even be better than a NY Yankee. By picking their own players
that manager is also affecting the contracts of those other players not picked.
If say Ryan Zimmerman has a clause in his contract that he will make extra money
for being in the All-Star game, yet Jerry Manual picks his 3RD baseman (I mean
Ryan Z did win a SILVER SLUGGER AND A GOLD GLOVE LAST YEAR!)then he's denying
another player to get more money as WELL AS A WELL DESERVED TRIP TO ANAHEIM. I
mean wouldn't you like to watch one of the best THIRD BASEMEN IN THE NATIONAL
LEAGUE or an also ran that just happens to be the favorite of the manager.
Which do you think is more fair?!
First of all, I wouldn't even waste my time typing up a question to Selig. There's no way that he gets a tough question to answer. I'd expect that the Commissioner's Office has selected a set of topics to discuss, and then the moderator picks the questions closest to the predetermined topics.
As for Jerry Manual picking his 3rd Baseman in the quote above. David Wright was elected by the fans, not chosen by Charlie Manual. When selecting the bench players, Scott Rolen got the nod over Zimmernan. Rolen's having a pretty comparable year to Ryan. I'd have put Ryan on the team ahead of Omar Infante, or one of the 1st basemen. The All Star team doesn't need 4 first baseman. Finally, how do they choose Hong Chi Kuo as a replacement for Jason Heyward. Shouldn't they have added another hitter in that slot, like Willingham.