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Monday, July 17, 2017

NPB should do more to spice up All-Star experience

If NPB officials need any ideas, there’s already a blueprint in South Korea, where the Korea Baseball Organization has done something similar for several years.

This year, in addition to one home run derby held across two days, the KBO held a Perfect Pitcher competition, a timed event where hurlers tried to knock down bats, and a Perfect Hitter event, where batters aimed for targets while hitting off a tee. The league also held its minor league All-Star Game as part of the All-Star weekend.

“The KBO has been having these All-Star events for quite awhile now,” Dan Kurtz, who runs mykbo.net, told The Japan Times. “I believe that a majority of the fans that watch KBO enjoy these events and consider them ‘Fan Service’.

“I think the events such as Perfect Hitter/Pitcher complement the Home Run Race quite nicely. I also think that the players themselves enjoy these events, since it often allows some players who don’t often get a chance to bat/pitch to participate in these events. For example, this year’s Perfect Hitter winner was a pitcher.

“In the past, pitchers have also participated in the Home Run Race and non-pitchers in the pitching events. The one event that was not held this year that seemed to have caught the eye of fans outside of Korea was the Bunt King (who can place Bunts on certain targets for points).”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, japanese baseball, korean baseball

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ratings: MLB All-Star Game Ticks Up

Fox’s coverage of the MLB All-Star Game drew 8.6 million total viewers and a 2.2 demo rating during primetime, ticking up from last year’s fast nationals (8 mil/2.0). The year-ago contest went on to tally 8.7 mil and a 2.2 in the finals.
Over on NBC aka the only other broadcast-TV game in town, America’s Got Talent (12.3 mil/2.4) dipped a tenth week-to-week but led the night in both measures. World of Dance (7.2 mil/1.7) also ticked down.

Here are historical All-Star Game ratings

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, television ratings

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Origin of the All-Star Game

By 1933, the Great Depression had ensnared all aspects of American society, reducing life for many to a scramble to acquire the most basic necessities. Unemployment rose to 25 percent, and roughly 33 million people were left without a source of income. After the bank collapse earlier that year, millions lost their savings, leaving them homeless and forcing families to part ways with their children. Cities and the countryside alike were ravaged, decimating both the middle and working classes, forcing millions of little Oliver Twists to roam the streets.

As such, entertainment became a luxury, available only to the wealthy and those willing to sacrifice other necessities to partake in it. Across the National and American leagues, attendance dropped by 40 percent and player salaries correspondingly shrunk by 25 percent. Baseball, and America as a whole, was in dire need of a morale boost. Sensing this need, Chicago Tribune sports writer and editor Arch Ward called for a star-studded baseball game that would coincide with the World Fair “Century of Progress” exposition celebrating Chicago’s centennial.

Ward began writing columns espousing the hypothetical virtues of such an event, asserting it would increase ticket sales across both leagues and provide an opportunity for the older NL to prove itself against the more dominant AL. Shortly after creating the idea, Ward named it the “Game of the Century,” a term that proved instrumental to its success by creating an automatic aura around it and billing it as a can’t-miss attraction. Ward’s connections to baseball executives and players would create an easy set-up for the game, and his die-hard readers would provide a staunch initial audience.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2017 at 05:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, history

Leitch: The All-Star Game Should Be Fun

I don’t agree with every one of his suggestions but I like the premise.  The All-Star game exists first and foremost for fun.  It doesn’t need gimmicks like deciding home-field advantage to make it matter.

Chris Fluit Posted: July 11, 2017 at 03:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Rowe: All-Star Memories: The best of baseball’s Midsummer Classic

This piece is so NY-centric that it fails to include the amazing Torii Hunter catch in 2002. (Not to mention Selig’s shrug!)

Mets phenom Dwight Gooden was the youngest pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game (he was 19 when he pitched relief in 1984).

He was also the youngest to start a game (he was 21 when he started in 1986).

Gooden had mixed results. He allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, while striking out three, in the National League’s 3-1 win in 1984, but he was the losing pitcher, in a 3-2 defeat, in his start.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 09, 2017 at 07:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, dwight gooden, memories

Friday, July 07, 2017

Terry Francona undergoes heart procedure, out for All-Star Game

Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona will not manage in the All-Star Game after undergoing a heart procedure on Thursday, the team announced.

Francona underwent a cardiac ablation procedure for an irregular heartbeat, the Indians said in a statement, and is resting at the Cleveland Clinic.

“Terry is expected to make a full recovery and will be discharged within the next day or two,” the Indians said. “It is expected he will resume managing the team beginning Friday, July 14 and Major League Baseball has been informed he will not manage the All-Star Game in Miami.”

Get well soon, Tito.

Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: July 07, 2017 at 12:21 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, cleveland indians, health, terry francona

Sunday, July 02, 2017

2017 All-Star Game rosters

This time it doesn’t count!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2017 at 10:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game

 

 

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