Expanding the size of the All-Star Game roster, using a designated hitter and tinkering with how the roster is selected are all ways Major League Baseball has tried to ensure that the All-Star Game remains interesting for fans. These innovations have not achieved that goal.
I hope they come with their pickets and messages of hate and encounter a massive horde of Slayer fans when they get there. And then, when the counterprotest begins, I hope the cops turn a blind eye and let the Slayer fans do what they will.
There will always be people like Fred Phelps who use religion to justify their bigotry and hate, and sadly, there will always be those like Michelle Shocked who internalize the twisted message and lash out as a bizarre defense mechanism. I feel sorry for them, because hate only breeds hate.
It is hard to imagine baseball over the last half century without the contributions of people like Marichal, the Alou brothers, Tony Fernandez, Joaquin Andujar, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and so many others.
Call it what you may, but Major League Baseball is working to create a stronger world infrastructure for its game and the vehicle is the World Baseball Classic, a tournament born in 2006 to combat the IOC banishment of Baseball from the Olympic Games.