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    When did people really stop caring about it? Does it have to do with the fact that everyone already gets to see all the great players with satellite and ESPN and Interleague play? I'd also point out that its not just baseball, but all the sports. The NFL might do away with the pro-bowl, the skill competition may be more popular among hockey fans then the all star game and the NBAs isn't the same either. When did this start to change?

  • #2
    I would say baseball's allstar game started to change in the mid to late 80's and by the 90's I dont think too many people cared for it. I haven't really watched one since the early 80's. Yeah I think interleague play really killed the allstar game at least for me it did.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #3
      Here are the ratings for all the all-star games going back to 1967:

      http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/asgtv.shtml

      It drew around 20.0 consistently until the 1990s came along. Then it took a sharp nosedive.

      16.2 in 1990; 13.9 in 1995; 10.1 in 2000; 6.9 in 2011 (record low)

      So yes, I'd guess modern technology is the cause. People see all the players yearly, with shows like SportsCenter and such.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by redban View Post
        Here are the ratings for all the all-star games going back to 1967:

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/asgtv.shtml

        It drew around 20.0 consistently until the 1990s came along. Then it took a sharp nosedive.

        16.2 in 1990; 13.9 in 1995; 10.1 in 2000; 6.9 in 2011 (record low)

        So yes, I'd guess modern technology is the cause. People see all the players yearly, with shows like SportsCenter and such.
        Also, fans have a lot more options on TV nowadays. How many channels were available in 1990?
        My top 10 players:

        1. Babe Ruth
        2. Barry Bonds
        3. Ty Cobb
        4. Ted Williams
        5. Willie Mays
        6. Alex Rodriguez
        7. Hank Aaron
        8. Honus Wagner
        9. Lou Gehrig
        10. Mickey Mantle

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        • #5
          In 1990 our house had about 50 channels. Ten years before that we had six.

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          • #6
            my tv channels go up to the 1900s now with lots of junk inbetween


            all i care to watch is Family Guy, Cleveland Show and sports


            anyways back to the OG topic the ASG is still kickass.

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            • #7
              The issues are different for every person. I, for one, don't particularly care for the spectacle around it, like right now, with the new American idol winner singing some song he wrote and an hour-long pregame show like it's the Super Bowl and some important game other than an exhibition.

              However, I still care about the game. I still see it for what it is: an exhibition contest between teams made from both leagues' players. That's all it is. Strip away all the bells, whistles and window dressing and the spirit of the game is still there.
              Last edited by SamtheBravesFan; 07-10-2012, 04:50 PM.
              46 wins to match last year's total

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              • #8
                I complain about it before, after, and during. Nothing's ever gonna change me watching it, though.


                Originally posted by Blackout View Post
                my tv channels go up to the 1900s now with lots of junk inbetween
                And here I am getting zapped by endless Philco electrons still hoping for new Columbo episodes.
                "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                • #9
                  I still enjoy watching the game, but it doesn't mean so much to me now as it did say back in the 70's and the early 80's. Even though now it means that the winner has home team advantage in the World Series, it just doesn't have the lustre, that it once did for me.

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