Can you believe the number of major league baseball players who were voted to participate in the annual All-Star game who didn’t play after they were selected by the fans? Unbelievable!!!!
As a kid growing up it was an honor for a major leaguer to be named to the summer classic; most making less than $15,000 a year, these guys loved the game, certainly they weren’t playing for the money. Many had to get jobs in the off-season to survive.
Sixteen players stayed away after being named to play including NY Yankee Derek Jeter, who became the first Yank to make the 3000 hit mark; he was seen with his sweetie.
Some were pitchers who got out of the game by having their managers pitch them earlier this week and without the required rest they were not allowed to pitch.
This is the fans game; they elect the players. These fans attend the games but their clothing and literally help pay their outlandish salaries.
I understand some pro-football players don’t participate in the Pro-Bowl, their isn’t the interest in that game as the All-Star game.
Nothing I can do, I didn’t even care to watch the game, maybe if more did, the network carrying the game would demand the ‘prima donna’ all-stars participate.