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MLB to allow players to use social media during the All-Star Game

Jun 5, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

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This just came in:

Building off the social media success of the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby – at which MLB players interacted with fans via Twitter and Facebook live from the field during an MLB event for the first time – Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media and the Major League Baseball Players Association today announced an expansion of the initiative that will for the first time include social media activity during the All-Star Game itself.

This time it counts, y’all!

I appreciate that this is not going to truly become a circus because, per the press release, players will only be allowed to update their Twitter feeds and stuff after they are out of the game.  So, while I joked about it on Twitter and expect a million hack columnists to take gratuitous swipes at social media in general,  it’s not like someone is going to strike out because they were uploading pics to Facebook or something.

But this still galls me. Because it is yet another example of baseball wanting to use the All-Star Game as a big marketing showcase and general free-for-all while still having the game determine the truly important matter of who gets home field advantage in the World Series. In a real game, a player would get fined and ostracized if he was caught tweeting during a game, even if he was on the bench. Here? Have it, fellas.

Major League Baseball: either admit that the All-Star Game is nothing but a fun and meaningless exhibition and take the home field advantage aspects of it away or else treat it like a real friggin’ baseball game, both in terms of roster selection and game play experience.  Because trying to make it both is a terrible idea.

  1. nagrommit - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Starlin Castro @Starlin13

    Hey guys, how many outs was that?

  2. 18thstreet - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I’d like it better if the players could tweet while the game was going on. While on the field.

    - Want curv here. catcher wnts inside fastball. #crazy
    - Jetes crowding plate. Dont want to hit him. #legend
    - Verlndr keeps tossing over her. Im NOT STEALING #lying

  3. heyblueyoustink - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Do the umps get to participate?

    UMP on Twitter: RT@MrDerekjeter : I called that a strike because anyone who can YoYo Minka at his will deserves it.

  4. bsbiz - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    This tweet matters!!! #ASG

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Craig, I agree. Having an exhibition game decide home field in the World Series is Bud Light’s worst idea, and the competition for that honor is pretty tough!

  6. number42is1 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    sooooooo many #GODBACKS

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I’d love to see the ASG mean nothing and let it be a way for the stars to just relax and play a fun game mid-season. I hate it counting. It’s more boring when the players are taking it as serious as the 162 regular games. I want to see them kick back and goof off a bit. It’s a long season, they deserve it, and I’d much rather see it as a fan.

    • eshine76 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      I agree. You won’t see light-hearted moments like Randy Johnson vs John Kruk in ’93 (??) or Randy Johnson vs Larry Walker (a few years later). Its fun to see these guys enjoying themselves, which is the reason we all played as kids and still love the game today.

    • zidanevalor - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      That’s an interesting suggestion. It’s funny because that’s basically what the NFL Pro Bowl is now, and there is a massive outcry to have that game cancelled.

  8. dodger88 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    With greater equity in the scheduling of inter-league games starting next year, I would prefer to let the best regular season record of the two participants determine home field advantage in the World Series. I hold out no hope of this happening but I can still wish.

  9. Chipmaker - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Interleague play is Selig’s baby, let’s have it do some heavier lifting.

    The full season series between the two leagues should determine home field. Easy, available, and lets both leagues weigh in, in full, for the outcome.

    Or just go back to alternating every year. Hellfire, the leagues have no meaningful distinctions (besides the DH) at this point, which is only going to become more homogenized next year with the Astros jumping, why keep pretending? AL and NL are now essentially Coke and Pepsi — different labels, but so similar inside that few can tell the difference and even fewer care.

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