Here are the changes:
- The contest always will include a designated hitter no matter where it's played.
- No pitcher who competes for his team on the previous Sunday will be allowed to pitch in the game.
- Rosters have been increased to 34 players, by one slot designated for a position player.
- A rule will allow one position player re-entry into the game if necessitated by injury.
These rules all make sense. Although the game now "counts" managers basically manage the same way. Players (especially pitchers) only play for a few innings maximum. These new rules will help if the game goes into extra innings, and also help pitchers stay away from injury. The All-Star Game is a great show of the talent around MLB. However it should either count and be played as a real game, or not count and play how it currently is being managed. Should the game honestly count when your best players are on the bench by the 5th inning?
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