"Baseball wants the All-Star game to have meaning? I don't get it."
>> Yes, baseball thinks more people might want to watch if the game has some real-world (or at least real-baseball-world) impact. Is that so hard to get?
"If the game means so much, why are some of baseball's best players not in the game?"
>> The system for selecting All-Stars has some pretty large flaws. I agree, Rob.
"[C]an you imagine an NBA All-Star game without Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson?"
>> Yes, the last two NBA All-Star games have not involved either Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. Neither did the three NBA All-Star games from 1999-2001.
"And Michael Young is more deserving than Jeter??? Don't make me laugh."
>> Well, hold on, now, Rob. The question is a good one. Young has a higher raw OPS than Jeter this year and as anthony baseball pointed out, more runs, RBI, and home runs. But he plays in Texas. A check on Baseball Propectus reveals the following for the first half of 2005:
Jeter WARP2: 4.8
Young WARP2: 3.5
Ugh. By that metric, Jeter appears to be more deserving than Young.
Anyway, I'm sure that Dibble did exactly the same legwork I just did before jumping to any conclusions.
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