Major League Baseball struck gold within the past two days. They changed their Home Run Derby structure, and it worked considerably well. In fact, it’s all the rage on social media. The tournament featured NCAA-style madness, as two players went head-to-head. Each contender had five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. They could get bonus time if they hit two shots of 425 feet or more. It turned out to be the most riveting Home Run Derbies in recent memory.
Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds won the competition in dramatic fashion and in front of the Reds faithful. He best Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-14. Other combatants included Manny Machado, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Donaldson, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.
Wow. That #HRDerby was awesome.
— William Boor (@wboor) July 14, 2015
One must wonder if MLB can fix the Home Run Derby, then they should be able to fix the All-Star voting. Right? What’s wrong with the voting isn’t who enters it. It’s how many times. The unlimited email voting and balloting almost had eight Kansas City Royal players starting the game. This caused quite the controversy among MLB fans. It begs the issue to be fixed. Lucky for all of you, I came up with four ways to fix MLB’s All-Star voting.
1) Don’t allow the All-Star voting to begin early on. In fact, give it one month prior to announcing the team’s rosters.
2) Get rid of 30 votes per person. If MLB wants to make All-Star week prestigious, then one vote per person makes sense. Quality is always better than quantity.
3) Have a limited number of players appear from one team. There will always be snubs, but there’s no point of having eight players make one team for one game.
4) Vote for the best players. If someone has an average below .200, then they shouldn’t be considered at all. The same goes if a player does not have adequate stats.
These are merely suggestions to fix the voting. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment below.
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