2005 All-Star Game
Well, other than the obvious (it's meaningless) here's something that stuck out at me.
This year's Homerun Derby, perhaps in the wake of Balco, has changed formats. Rather than the best sluggers from each league, it's a "Represent your nation" affair that has given us the single most ridiculous lineup of hitters for a derby ever. And that's ignoring the whole "it didn't work for the NHL either" thing.
Here are our 2005 HR Derby combatants...
Bobby Abreu - PHI
Jason Bay - PIT
Hee-Seop Choi - LAD
Andruw Jones - ATL
Carlos Lee - MIL
David Ortiz - BOS
Ivan Rodriguez - DET
Mark Texiera - TEX
Read that again and let it sink in. There are exactly one homerun hitters in that lineup. There are two good hitters with power, and then, there's the rest of them. And, inexplicably, Ivan Rodriguez, who has five homers this year.
If this is what we're getting, bring back BALCO.