One of the silliest experiments in baseball history died painlessly late Wednesday night. No one mourned.
The “This Time It Counts” fiasco — trying to legislate meaning to the
The stunt has been replaced by common sense. The team with the better record gets home-field advantage in the World Series, the most appealing wrinkle of the new collective bargaining agreement.
The new rule should eradicate memories of the most unappealing picture of
Selig then shepherded the change, with an assist from Fox. Surely the drama would be greater, and the ratings would be higher.
Or not. The ratings were no higher. The managers were forced to keep a handful of players in reserve for extra innings of an exhibition game, even if some of those players might never again make an All-Star team.
And the players mocked the concept. In 2012,
In 2014 — the final All-Star Game for
Wainwright later said he "misspoke" and called himself an "idiot" for suggesting he grooved pitches to Jeter.
"If he grooved it, thank you," Jeter said. "I appreciate it."
The change in the All-Star format was first reported by the Associated Press. AP also reported smokeless tobacco would be banned, a proposal owners had made in previous negotiations and players had resisted.