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Oakland A’s Reliever Andrew Bailey Highlights All-Star Flaw

If you think that the Oakland A’s have no business affecting the World Series this year, you’re not alone.

But thanks to a poorly-conceived rule requiring each team to field an All-Star representative, players with All-Star resumes like Carlos Pena and George Sherrill may be forced to sit home and watch the Midsummer Classic, while Oakland’s Andrew Bailey goes instead.

The team inclusion rule gives baseball’s All-Star game a Little League feel, a stark contrast to the sport’s steroid and immigration scandals. But why stop at giving each team an All-Star? Why not go full-on soccer mom and hand out orange slices and juice boxes after the game?

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