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Report: MLB wants to change the way All-Star Game starters are selected

Now that the All-Star doesn't determine home field advantage in the World Series, the lineups don't really matter

March 06, 2019 - 3:12 pm

Major League Baseball plans to introduce a new step in the All-Star Game voting process called "Election Day." A report by ESPN's Jeff Passan says it will be the new way to set both team's starting lineups for the mid-summer classic. 

It's being written about as just another way for baseball to drive traffic to its heavily sponsored online voting page.

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What will happen is the normal All-Star process will continue, with fans voting on the positions players they want to see in the All-Star Game. Then once the top two or three vote-getters are determined, there will be a new ballot released for fans to vote again on who will be in the starting lineup. That final vote is expected to last just one day, per ESPN's report.

The Cardinals had two All-Stars in 2018, with Miles Mikolas and Yadier Molina. It was the ninth for Molina and first for Mikolas, who missed the game to be with his wife for the birth of their twins this summer.

The expected changes follow offseason reports of other new rules possibly coming in the 2019 season. MLB and the Players Association were said to be discussing rule changes such as adding the designated hitter in the National League, a 20-second pitch clock and three batter minimum for pitchers. 

The DH rumors were later determined to be something that won't happen in 2019, but could be just a couple years away.

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