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End MLB's tradition of one player represented from each time at the All-Star Game

I get it. Baseball is all about tradition.

When it comes to the All-Star Game, I've had it with the tradition of every team being represented.

I didn't agree with it when the Pirates were represented by Mike Williams, and I like it even less when Bryan LaHair is named as an All-Star.

I have nothing against LaHair personally. He's just not worthy of being an All-Star this season.

I'm not sure anyone from the Chicago Cubs deserves to be at the game, but LaHair was named as the guy to represent the Cubs, so it's his name that gets the attention.

LaHair is having a respectable season, hitting .284 with 13 home runs and 28 RBIs, but it's not All-Star worthy.

And when you look a little deeper and see that LaHair hit .390 in April but followed that month up with averages of .253 and .231 in May and June, and you see something that got a nice little bonus living off that one hot month.

But this isn't about one player. This is about ending one bad rule.

I understand why it was in place. Before ESPN and the Internet, fans had a difficult time watching every team. The All-Star Game allowed them to see someone from every team and watch the best play.

In this day and age, baseball fans have access to see every player on every team on just about any given night.

There's no need to water-down the game any more to satisfy an old rule. Just pick the best players.


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