By Steve Silverman
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There was a time when the All-Star Recreation actually was the Midsummer Basic and one of many main highlights of the season.
The thought of watching the Nationwide League’s biggest stars — Mays, Aaron, Clemente, Koufax and Gibson — strut their stuff towards an overmatched group of American Leaguers was really eye-catching. The gathering of expertise on the NL aspect was exceptional and predictable.
The All-Star Recreation has modified fairly a bit from the halcyon days of the Nineteen Sixties and ‘70s when each side needed to win the sport and exhibit league superiority fairly badly.
Make no mistake about it, Frank Robinson, Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, and Reggie Jackson needed to win and finish the AL humiliation, however it was merely an excessive amount of to ask.
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When Babe Ruth christened the All-Star Recreation with a house run in 1933, it triggered the American League’s 12-four run to start out the collection. The Nationwide League ultimately stated sufficient was sufficient within the Nineteen Fifties, and the senior circuit would tie the collection in 1964 when Johnny Callison of the Phillies hit a 3-run homer within the backside of the ninth inning at Shea Stadium to offer his aspect a 7-four win.
The Nationwide League would win the next yr at previous Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota, and it has held the lead since. The NL would win 19 of 20 All-Star Video games between 1963 and 1982.
Ultimately, the stability of expertise would change and the American League would lastly get up. Many followers keep in mind the grand slam that Fred Lynn of the California Angels hit in 1983 as the large blow in a thirteen-three AL victory that ended the bleeding.
The American League has since put collectively a 22-6-1 streak, and now trails forty three-forty two-2 heading into Tuesday night time’s recreation at Marlins Park in Miami.
However simply how a lot does the All-Star Recreation imply in 2017? Managers need to make the gamers glad and get everybody a while. Lip service is paid to eager to win, however the recreation isn’t performed that means. The beginning pitchers might get two innings, however it might be a shock if any of the others get greater than an inning on the mound.
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Former commissioner Bud Selig…