Selig got All Star Game idea from Santo

This morning on the Mike & Mike show on ESPN radio, MLB commissioner Bud Selig told a story I had never heard before.  They were discussing the merits of making the All Star Game “count” by awarding the winning league home field advantage in the World Series.

Mike Golic challenged the commissioner on the wisdom of this plan and Selig went on to tell of the genesis of the idea. Bud Selig said he had a long conversation with Ron Santo in 2002 where Ronnie lamented how in his day the All Star Game was more competitive than it is today. Santo implored Selig to find a way to make it the competition it once was – to make it “count”. I never heard that Santo leaned on Selig in that way to help inspire the commissioner to make the All Star Game “count”.


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    July 13, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: All Star Game, biz of baseball, controversy, game day, playoffs

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    1. alfredo s. - July 20, 2009

      this is great info – i never known that. who says you don’t get news from bloggers!

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