Debating the Future of the MLB All-Star Game: Is it Time for a Change?

Some traditions aren’t worth sustaining.

Witch burnings, for example.

They nearly destroyed the New England broom industry.

Other traditions hold on for no apparent good reasons.

In Europe, adults still greet each other by kissing, or at least briefly rubbing against, both cheeks with both of their cheeks.

Not only is this excessive, it’s a waste of time, tantamount to shaking each other’s right hand then pivoting to shake each other’s left.

Upon the 1944 liberation of Paris, think how many more French Gen. de Gaulle could have rubbed cheeks with if he limited those rubs to one cheek per person.

Then there are traditions that have died for no good reasons unless short-term greed, neglect and a pitiful lack of foresight are good reasons.

The MLB All-Star Game is a prime example.

Once the second-most anticipated games to the World Series, the team owner-assigned Guardians of the Game — “Commissioners” engaged as Chief Financial Officers — have allowed the All-Star Game to recede from view as a must-watch rivalry between two distinct leagues, rooting interests firmly attached, to a summer night’s desultory waste of time watching indistinguishable “teams.”

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