With Minneapolis' turn at the Major League All-Star weekend coming and going after Tuesday's finale, I've had the chance to read and listen to many different opinions on how to revamp the events with certain changes. So I came up with my own suggestion for future All-Star festivities.
The "Kids vs. Geezers Game"
We have the celebrity softball game and we have the futures game, so I'm not sure if this idea would take the place of either of those or if it would just be in addition, but here's the general idea: put the game's best young players up against the games' oldest in a competitive baseball game.
Not only would there be some comedy involved watching Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi take on a lineup of youngsters, it would probably spark some interest as to who would actually win the game.
Out with the old
There wouldn't be any hard criteria, so you could mix the youngsters team with recent draft picks, minor leaguers and MLB rookies.
And on the Geezers you would see some of the oldest MLB veterans and even some recent retirees who still had enough to play nine competitive innings. Imagine seeing Jamie Moyer come back to pitch one last time, or Pudge Rodriguez behind the plate.That's something that could really get the fans excited.
Keeping fans waiting
But I wouldn't see this as an every year occurrence. The game would probably be optimal every five years or so to retain some of the novelty while also making the turnover somewhat fresh. There aren't enough noteworthy veterans every season to make the game unique; we would see the same names every year playing for the Geezers.
Make the game every five years and suddenly we get to see the game's most prominent oldies twice every decade. That's something pretty cool that I would definitely watch.
A unique event
On top of everything else, I imagine the experience would be pretty cool for some of the players. Not only would the next youth movement get the chance to share the same field with some of their childhood heroes, but the veterans could meet the young guys and pass on some words of wisdom.
I bet you would also get a good amount of cool and interesting stories involving the younger players going to games to watch the vets when they were growing up as kids. Something that baseball purists of all breeds would appreciate.
So while the All-Star Game is great and the Home Run Derby still draws lots of viewers, the weekend could certainly use something refreshing. A "Kids vs. Geezers Game" could do just that.