St. Louis Cardinals: I hate the All-Star break and missing baseball

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CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 13: National Leauge All-Star Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds appears on SportsCenter during the Gatorade All-Star Workout at the Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 13: National Leauge All-Star Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds appears on SportsCenter during the Gatorade All-Star Workout at the Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals will go without games for the next four days. These are miserable days for a baseball fan.

The St. Louis Cardinals, having just won two games in a row, do NOT need to go on a break. The team is finally starting to show some life and this cursed All-Star break is detrimental to any streaks. Additionally, I just hate the All-Star festivities.

There, I said it. I hate the All-Star festivities. I think the game is pointless especially now that it matters not again– with which I agree. I think the HR Derby is fun but often hurts players. And, can we be completely honest (?), the celebrity softball game is forgettable, not watched, and should never be televised.

Speaking of television, the All-Star game usually infuriates me in that the commentators typically spend far too much time blowing smoke up the butts of the media darling team of the year while only marginally mentioning the other teams.

And about those representatives, forcing each team to be represented feels like a forced All-Star ideal. If the game is truly about All-Star players, then simply put the All-Stars players on the roster. Do not force each team to be represented. I might care more if I were actually going to watch All-Stars.

I’ve never actually liked when St. Louis Cardinals players are selected for the game. I’m proud that they get the “All-Star sticker” on their Baseball Reference page but that does little for the actual team of the time. In fact, I would argue (and I’m sure if I cared enough I could find some stats to support it) that playing while others rest is detrimental for the rest of the season.

In 2017, the St. Louis Cardinals are sending Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez to the All-Star game. These two are deserving but I would much rather have Molina rest and have Martinez get a chance to go visit his family.

Yes, players seem to have a good time at the HR Derby cheering on their peers, and yes, it seems that players are built for competition and enjoy the game, but I as the consumer do not enjoy the game. I do not enjoy four days without regular, meaningful games.

Let’s face it, the NFL realized early that their Pro-Bowl was so poorly liked and poorly watched that they moved it to the end of the season. If MLB and the MLBPA keep the All-Star game as meaningless (yet again, and again I do agree with this decision), then move this horrible waste of time to the end of the season.

Do St. Louis Cardinals players need a break? Perhaps some do but I’d argue that the likes of Matt Carpenter who seems to have climbed back on the doubles train should not get a break at this time.

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The only positive items to the St. Louis Cardinals getting a break are that the players are not around John Mabry or Mike Matheny during the break, and none of the players will lose value during the break from poor performance. Oh, and Girsch should have a few additional days to discuss trades without either side suddenly becoming injured.

Those things aside, I beg MLB to do something with the horrible break in the schedule. If teams and players actually need a break here, then expand the rosters to larger numbers so the schedule can proceed as normal throughout the year with plenty of backups, etc.

If none are willing to expand rosters, then do something with contract options so players can bounce more easily and regularly between AAA and MLB to make sure there are plenty of backup options not requiring the dreaded break.

I will admit, even in the midst of all this ire, that I plan to watch the Derby tonight. I want to see the possible future St. Louis Cardinals RF, Giancarlo Stanton, go head-to-head with Aaron Judge. Please make that happen, Baseball Gods. Outside of that, I will spend these four days heavily drinking to pass the time.

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