Originally Posted by TheNext44
I used to care in the 70's and 80's, when it played like a real game, to win. Then most starters would last 4-5 innings, some the whole game. The Starting pitcher would go 3 innings, unless he gave up a bunch of runs. One starting pitcher was held back in case of extra innings and 3-4 players on each team would not get any action at all.
But most importantly, the players took it seriously, and really wanted to win and show that their league was the best.
Now, spring training games are more intense, and all the excitement surrounds the events the days before.
I still do get excited about who goes though.
I like your list Mario-Rijo. My main change would be switch Matt Kemp for Eithier. He's plays center and has 23 SB, with similar other numbers. But as you said, there are a lot players up for that spot who are qualified.
And I hate to say this, but Fielder is having a monster year:
.309 .425 .617
and has played every game. I have to take him over Votto.
Yeah Kemp was one of those I struggled with putting Ethier ahead of but ultimately I felt like Ethier has been the Dodgers leader without Manny. He's had a few game winning RBI this year and I am bias I like him.