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The All-Star Game has problems, but Adam Jones is not one of them

Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury-News is less than thrilled about the All-Star Game. I share many of his complaints, but he's off base with this one:

Also, if form follows, the biggest All-Stars will be out of the game by the fourth or fifth inning. And once again, it will be left to the Adam Joneses or Aaron Hills to decide the outcome. Nothing against those guys. They're very good players. But as "All-Star" personalities, they are remote-control killers.

(Just so you don't have to look it up: Jones is a Baltimore outfielder. Hill is a Toronto infielder. And if anyone in St. Louis other than Tony La Russa recognizes either man walking down the sidewalk next week, it would be a shock.)

Really? Adam Jones is one of the game's major up-and-coming stars. He was part of a major trade last year and is currently hitting a nifty .305/.361/.497 at age 23. I suppose it may be too much for a very casual baseball fan to know who he is, but it's not like he's unknown to all but the hard core baseball junkies.

But more to Purdy's general point -- the lack of interest in the All-Star Game -- I'd argue that the presence of young, exciting players like Adam Jones on the All-Star roster will do more to stoke interest in the game than would a roster limited to the same guys we see three times a week on the national broadcasts (Jeter, Youkilis, Pujols, etc.). Unless you have the Extra Innings package or live in MASN territory, have you even had a chance to see Jones or the Orioles play this year?

There are many reasons to complain about the All-Star Game as currently constructed, but the presence of players like Adam Jones on the roster is not one of them.