The MLB All-Star Game has been an oddity for a very long time. At first, it was more or less just for fun, but MLB commissioner Bud Selig decided that the game had to mean something. With that idea in mind, he gave the winning league’s team home-field advantage in the World Series.
Still, I have to wonder how much the game is worth, especially considering the recent injury to New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano.
Cano was hit on the quad by a pitch thrown by New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey. It was more or less a freak accident considering the situation in the game and Harvey’s excellent control. Cano might miss a start or two, and is currently listed as day-to-day — in other words, it wasn’t a terrible injury.
However, I wonder what fans would’ve said if Cano had actually been seriously hurt in the game. He’s easily been the Yankees first-half MVP, and the Yankees would be devastated if he were to be injured.
Though the All-Star determines home-field advantage in the World Series, I hardly think that that matters if your team can’t get there in the first place. In other words, I think that teams should evaluate whether or not they want their players risking injury in the All-Star game, no matter how slight the chance.