Hooray! After that tie in 2002, they decided to make the league care by making the winning league the recipients of home-field advantage in the World Series.
The idea sounded cool when it was first brought up. But the problem with that new rule made an exhibition game matter. Then, the outcome of home-field advantage could be determined by players who won’t even be part of the postseason. It wasn’t fair and I am glad it is over.
Now the World Series home-field advantage will go back to the team with the best record. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s not controversial.
Since the San Diego Padres were hosting the All-Star Game, the team announced before the season they would wear special home jerseys and caps to commemorate the special event. It was something new and no other team had done it before. But it was nice sine it introduced yellow into the color scheme.
There were rumors that this was a transitional jersey as the Padres were planning to go with the color scheme full-time next season.
Still, it was a bold move to have a jersey specific to the midsummer classic. And for the most part, the jersey and cap didn’t look too bad.
This is some deep-level “get off my lawn” talk from me right now. Major League Baseball wants to commemorate all special events with new uniforms. With that money cash grab attempt (with some proceeds going to charity), we have these new uniforms for this season. Chris Creamer from SportsLogos.net has a great recap of everything.
I’ll give my thoughts on each design individually. I don’t dig the new looks.
The only time the All-Star Game’s home run derby was canceled due to weather was in 1988 in Cincinnati. This year, the midsummer classic is in Cincinnati again and there is a chance it might be canceled again.
This doesn’t look good for the derby as the weather looks to be very serious and the chances of getting off the contest seems very unlikely. Of course, the weather can shift and things might change as we approach the start of the derby. But early indications suggest that there is a chance it might not happen.
The derby is scheduled to start at 8pm ET, which according to Weather.com (in the screen shot) it will be wet.
Remember when these concept caps leaked? While predictable in design, it was at least pretty decent for what it was. But that was a fan concept.
Now we know what the actual caps look like and you can see a link to all of them above.
The problem here is the front panel matching the team jersey of white or gray. That doesn’t match anything the Reds ever wore. Then the stripes not even going around the entire circumference of the cap makes it worse. This is poorly designed and would look terrible on a professional player.
But money talks and that’s what MLB is going for.
When the Giants hosted the All-Star Game in 2007, I was living in New York at the time. I missed out on it. I love the All-Star Game and I would have attended that one. But that chance was gone. Now it’s announced that the All-Star Game is back on the West Coast and I actually am close enough to attend.
Living in Southern California has some perks and one is that I am only a two-hour drive away from San Diego. I could very easily go to San Diego and catch the home run derby and the All-Star Game.
Petco is a great ballpark. I have been to about 10 MLB parks in my lifetime and Petco Park is my second favorite (behind The Jake). It’s in a beautiful city, great view. The atmosphere is relaxing and there doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in the house. It’s a perfect stadium for baseball.
This is still a long time ahead from now and who knows if I would still be in SoCal. But if it’s possible, I’m going to the All-Star Game.
But with this great achievement, we also get the negative reaction on Twitter. Like last year, people went to Twitter to complain about how Yoenis Cespedes didn’t conduct his interview in English.
Cespedes is in his third year living in America after defecting from Cuba and joining the A’s. Learning a new language isn’t easy and maybe he isn’t fully comfortable speaking in public in English.
Aside from the announcing team, this looks to be a great derby. Jose Bautista can launch them. Former champ Justin Morneau is in it. Yoenis Cespedes is here to defend his title. Tulowitzki and Donaldson both are studs. Puig will be exciting. Giancarlo Stanton might be the best out of the bunch.
Lots of star power in this one. And personally, two A’s players makes me smile!
I don’t know who approved of this but it’s terrible.
I mentioned last night that the MLB All-Star game will feature a unique uniform appearance different from years past. Not only are teams wearing new designed caps for the Home Run Derby, it appeared that they will have specially designed caps for the actual game.
Confirmed by USA Today, players will wear caps modeled after the Twins’ batting helmet from the 1970s. The template will be the same, but the colors and logo are team specific.
Rather than have the players wear their normal cap, the branding and merchandising department appears to have the stranglehold here. I like that at least they kept the team colors and logos here, but this is not necessary. It’s all about making the dollars.