All-Star Game Tie? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/10/02

All-Star Game Tie?

Commissioner Selig says the game needs to reevaluate its All-Star Game rules, emphasizing that "we can't allow this to happen again." Tuesday night's game was called after 11 innings with the score tied 7 - 7.

Selig says he spoke with his office's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Sandy Alderson, and both field managers in the top of the 11th, and the managers said they had run out of players. Selig also was told the last National League pitcher, Vicente Padilla, was having trouble getting loose. Given the short time he had to make a decision about the game, and facing the possibility of a player being injured or the game's quality being diminished by the use of a position player as pitcher, Selig says there was "nothing else to do."

Selig says the All-Star Game is managed differently now than it was in previous decades, with an emphasis on getting all the players into the game rather than winning it. The commissioner does say that baseball probably could have made a more efficient announcement of the decision, which wasn't explained in full to the upset fans on hand at Miller Park.

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