Originally Posted by RedEye
When you write "MLB," do you mean Selig? Or is it just some sort of conventional wisdom groupthink that combines marketing priorities with a popularity contest?
I don't know that Selig personally is involved. But the All Star game is a showcase, there are marketing and TV ratings involved. Unlike the playoffs, the leagues can pick anyone they want. I highly doubt they simply leave it to Bruce Bochy or other baseball managers.
This is just my conjecture, I obviously don't know. Not saying the manager has no role, but I've felt for many years there was influence by MLB. A selection like Chapman would appear to be more than just the manager's influence.