Introducing the campaign to #StartMo

by Bill Chuck on May 15, 2013

Much to the dismay of my friends and colleagues at MLB.com, I want to strongly urge you to not cast your votes yet for this season’s All-Star Game.

It’s way to early and a vote now is a month too early unless you are absolutely convinced that James Loney is a .381 hitter.

However, I do want to start a campaign to have  Mariano Rivera start the All-Star Game

The greatest Yankee pitcher since 1962 may also be baseball's best

I urge Jim Leyland and the powers that be in Major League Baseball that the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field in New York City for the American League should be none other than the greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera.

Why you ask?

Why not, I reply.

Nine to Know

Let me make my case for the starters role for Mo:

  1. There are no players who receive more attention in the days leading up  to the game than the leagues’ starting pitchers. In this season, in which Mariano is retiring and awaiting his Hall of Fame induction, the attention should go to Rivera.
  2. After earning his 16th save of the season last night, there is no question that Mo is having an All-Star season, so his selection wouldn’t be a pity pick. The only discussion is whether he should start the game (hopefully against the Mets’ Matt Harvey) or be saved for a save opportunity.
  3. We have no idea as to whether there will be a save situation and this way Rivera’s appearance would be insured and celebrated.
  4. There is a sketchy precedence for a great player to be honored through a position switch. In the 2001 All-Star Game in Seattle, Cal Ripken, Jr. received an enormous ovation as he was introduced in the pre-game starting lineup introductions,. Soon after the AL took the field in the top of the 1st,  prior to the first pitch, shortstop Alex Rodriguez motioned to Ripken at third base to switch positions,  giving him one last start at shortstop, the position where he earned much of his fame.
  5. Rivera starting would pit him against the best the NL has to offer. From the 6th inning on the game is filled with substitutes and often the mandatory one player from each team representative.
  6. Rivera against the true All Stars is what we want to see and with that as a tease MLB and FOX can assure themselves of a large first pitch audience.
  7. Think of the kids. By the time Rivera gets into this dragged-out game kids are in bed. By starting, kids are getting to see one of the greatest players to put on a uniform. It will be something that they can tell their children about.
  8. For those of you purists, I ask you: Does it really matter which inning in this exhibition game that the great Mariano actually pitches, or does it matter that we get to see him pitch?
  9. There is no finer gentleman in the game and this  player, who is respected by so many of his peers, would never ask for the accolade which makes him all the more deserving.

Here is Mariano All-Star Record

Year Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO
1997 AL 27 0 0 0 0.00 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1999 AL 29
2000 AL 30 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 1.0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2001 AL 31
2002 AL 32 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2004 AL 34 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 AL 35 0 0 0 0.00 1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2006 AL 36 0 0 0 0.00 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 AL 38 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 2
2009 AL 39 0 0 0 0.00 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2010 AL 40
2011 AL 41
12 Yrs (8 GP) 0 0 0 0.00 6 4 8.0 5 1 0 0 0 5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/15/2013.

As you can see he has been selected 12 times and appeared eight times.

Let’s make certain, in his 13th selection, that we are certain of an appearance.

I urge you, let’s get the players, fans, and media to push this campaign on Twitter.

Use the hashtag: #StartMo

Let’s make this happen.

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  • Sutter

    Wouldn’t it make more sense if he closed the All-Star game? Just saying.

  • Bill

    If he closes, he doesn’t get the audience, the pre-game attention, the kids watching, and there may not even be a save opportunity.

  • David

    This is why All Star Game is such a farce now. Gone are the day’s of Dave Parker throwing people out from the right field corner. Instead we have to turn it into a circus and propose a closer start the game. He’s great no doubt. It just makes the game that much more a circus. Between the guys who star the SUnday before the game who are still considered all stars to their replacements to the expanded rosters the game has become a joke. It is not even worth turning your TV on anymore.

  • Andrew Schliewe

    David and Sutter, the reason is 1, there’s no guarantee there would even be a 9th inning for Riveria to pitch if the NL is up. 2. In the All-Star game, pitchers only pitch 1 inning anyway so they can get everyone to play.

  • http://twitter.com/saintstryfe Saint Stryfe

    Well to be fair, they don’t usually go more then two innings anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/redsoxownu Julian Brown

    We want him to face the best NL has to offer? Justin Verlander couldn’t handle the best NL has to offer.. Nobody can handle the best anybody has to offer…

    Think of the kids? I really don’t think the kids care at all and if they do, highlights. Him closing the game will go down in history and the video will be just as overplayed as everything else.

    Does is matter whether he starts or closes? Yes! because it’s not his job! If there is a save, it’d be really corny having that Gregg Holland guy from the Royals closing because Rivera started.. and It’s not really an exhibition game, it actually determines home field advantage in WS.

    Even if there isn’t a save, Rivera can pitch in the 9th regardless. It will still go down in history and all his fanboys will cry the same over it. Even though he’s going to pitch against “back ups” they are still all stars and and they are the best right now, so they are about as good as the starters, just not as popular.

    number one reason why this is dumb is because he doesn’t want to.

    Anybody who thinks it’s a good idea is a fool.

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