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  1. I don’t know how realistic that is with players changing teams, getting hurt, retiring, etc. during the offseason. There’s a lot of variables at play.

    Comment by YP — May 7, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  2. Players changing teams and leagues would create some issues, but that already exists. I like this idea.

    Comment by TKDC — May 7, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  3. A likely consequence of this proposal will be a ton of votes for mediocre players who happen to have a strong post-season. Like Cody Ross with the Giants in 2010. Whether that’s any better than overrewarding mediocre players who have a strong April-June is open to debate. But this proposal isn’t going to really help correct the problem (to the extent that who makes it to All Star games really matters), just create different variations of it.

    Comment by walt526 — May 7, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  4. Well if you do that system then online voters should not be restricted to 25 ballots in total, but rather 5 ballots a month or some such. Otherwise, many people would vote only for second half players.

    Comment by kick me in the GO NATS — May 7, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  5. Just stop the All Star Game from deciding who gets home field advantage in the World Series. If there’s anything that needs a fan vote it’s that. Whoever has the best record of the two teams meeting in the World Series gets home field advantage.

    Comment by Joey — May 7, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

  6. With the new schedule coming up next year, why not have playoffs be league-free?

    As in, seed the teams 1-8 after play-in games and then just go for it?

    Probably a logistical nightmare, but isn’t 15 teams in both leagues, too?

    Comment by Brandon Warne — May 7, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  7. That would make the offseason more interesting. I could see myself passing the time in January by filling out an All Star ballot.

    Comment by Johnny Come Lately — May 7, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  8. We already have interleague play every day coming next year because of odd number of teams in each league. But with interleague in the playoffs you run the risk of having two NL or two AL teams meeting in the World Series. If the ASG decides home field advantage between leagues and two NL teams meet you’ll need to change something.

    MLB should have just kept the leagues 16/14 and waited until the sport was ready for two more AL teams (one in Vegas, another in NYC). Or until the sport was ready to lose two teams and bring things to 14/14. Then you can do away with divisions and do a balanced schedule in each league. Or break the divisions into four groups of four with no wild cards. But moving an NL team to the AL to make it 15/15 is robbing Peter to pay Paul because you’ve now got odd numbers in each division.

    Next year things are going to be jarring for a lot of people who don’t like change. Interleague on opening week nonstop until the final week of play. More wild cards (starting this year technically). The Astros in the AL. It will be fascinating to see how fans react.

    Comment by Joey — May 7, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  9. maybe we could get a one-game playoff to see who gets home field.

    Comment by sam — May 7, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  10. I really like this idea. The NHL was considering doing this once realignment occurs in a couple of years. This gives teams greater incentive to play out those last few games because the difference in the last two spots could be 4 or 5 games. Like you said, the logistical issues may be too much, but I think it is worth a try.

    Comment by Nick — May 7, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  11. I like the idea, but the ballot should be closed over the offseason. Or else you’ll get a bunch of fans just passing time–like Johnny Come Lately–by filling out All Star ballots. That would prevent second-half performers from getting too many votes relative to first-half performers

    Comment by Julian — May 7, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

  12. Why are the Blue Jays always so underrepresented in the All-Star Game? It’s embarrassing that half the AL starting lineup is Yankees/Red Sox when super studs like Eric Thames and Adam Lind get overlooked.

    You don’t finish in third place or lower for two decades without a lot of All-Star caliber performances.

    Comment by everdiso — May 7, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

  13. Sure, but I’d rather get irrational votes based on small sample size based on the postseason rather than the first two weeks.

    Cody Ross and David Freeze are gonna be remembered 10 or 20 years from now even if they never do anything more. Whoever was hot in the first two weeks of April? Heck, I’ve already forgotten.

    Comment by Doug Lampert — May 7, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

  14. or we could move the midsummer classic to September.

    Comment by Jason — May 8, 2012 @ 12:09 am

  15. Yeah, and they could play it on the moon.

    Comment by Bryan — May 8, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  16. If the schedule is balanced, I love it. If everyone played the same schedule and the NL only got, say, the 5th, 8th, 10th, and 12th seeds in the playoffs, we’d stop hearing these ridiculous arguments about the NL being just as good as the AL because they’ve won 3 of the last 4 World Series.

    Comment by Bryan — May 8, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  17. So what you are saying is that the gap in the leagues hasn’t shrunk significantly in recent years? Here are the inter-league records by year:

    2011 131-121 [.520]
    2010 134-118 [.532]
    2009 138-114 [.558]
    2005-2008 576-432 [.577]
    1997-2004 988-960 [.502]

    Yes, almost no doubt that the AL was way ahead in the mid aughts, but that seems to be trending back down towards even, no?

    Comment by Eric R — May 8, 2012 @ 10:01 am

  18. I don’t remember David Freeze already. Who is he?

    Comment by cavebird — May 8, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

  19. Newt Gingrich could throw out the first pitch.

    Comment by cavebird — May 8, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  20. I sort of like this. Being an All-Star would be an ongoing title that plays try to hold on to. They could probably work better bonuses into their contracts too that could escalate with each season of AS they achieve. Imagine the circus when Jeter was scuffling in the first half last year and lost his 10 year grip on the Shortstop All-Star title.

    As Julian said though, polls close for the offseason.

    Comment by mikecarlucci — May 8, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  21. David Freeze was the hero of last year’s World Series, when the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the New York Lazily Named Superheroes.

    Comment by Nom Chompsky — May 8, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  22. 4 reasons to move the All-Star game to the end of the season:

    1. Baseball has the longest season and therefore should give the most honor to those who complete a full season at the highest level.
    2. It has the smallest post season and therefore the most players could be included if the game were to occur, say, right before the world series. When is the public’s interest in baseball highest, mid-July or right before the World Series? Why not display the best players, then let the best teams duke it out the next week? This was the NFL’s idea and it sound pretty good.
    3. Having the longest season, players might be incredibly ready to blow off some steam with an exhale at the end of it instead of with a lunch break during the middle.
    4. No more people complaining about what the all-star game does to their in-season performance. No more pitchers who can’t pitch because they are rested.

    Comment by Mike — May 9, 2012 @ 8:20 am

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