Thursday, July 24, 2008

Midsummer Classic Mash-Up

I think the entire format of the all-star game should be changed to increase the competition between the players. My idea would be to have the game between baseball's Next Generation (guys in atmost their third (maybe fourth) year of service time) versus the Veterans (everybody else). I think this would work because it is one of the few true rivalries that still exists in today's sports world. No matter how good an athlete you are there is always that fear of what's next and this could really change the intensity of the game. The Game would lose the conference vs. conference aspect but with interleague play that doesn't mean nearly as much anymore. We're not going to see anybody derailing the catcher like Pete Rose back when the game really was important to the players. This will never happen because baseball is all about its traditions, but it's fun to think about. Just for fun, here's what this years rosters could have looked like, i realize that some of these guys may not be all-star quality but it's just an idea:

Next Generation:

C: Geovany Soto, Russel Martin, Brian McCann, Dioner Navarro

1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, Connor Jackson

2B: Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler, Dan Uggla

3B: Evan Longoria, Edwin Encarcion, Kevin Kouzmanoff

SS: Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy

OF: Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Carlos Quentin, Nate McLouth

SP: Tim Lincecum

P: Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, Edinson Volquez, Joe Saunders, John Danks, Jonathon Papelbon, Joakim Soria, James Shields, Felix Hernandez


C: Joe Mauer, A.J. Pierzynski, Jason Varitek

1B: Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols, Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau

2B: Chase Utley, Brian Roberts, Brandon Phillips

3B: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Guillen, David Wright

SS: Derek Jeter, Michael Young, Jose Reyes,

OF: Manny Ramirez, Ichiro Suzuki, Grady Sizemore, Matt Holliday, Pat Burrell

SP: Roy Halladay

P: C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, Brandon Webb, Ervin Santana, Ben Sheets, Mariano Rivera, Fransisco Rodriguez, Ryan Dempster, Brad Lidge


  1. Did you really leave Johan Santana off this list? What the hell are you thinking?

  2. yeah i did. lol there wasn't much thought thrown in. to be honest i just wanted to somewhat full rosters.


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