Tonight’s All-Star game should be a treat. Mike Trout is every bit as good as the stars from the 1950s and 1960s who are recognized as the greats of the game. Jacob deGrom has put up a better first half than Tom Seaver in 1969 or 1971 or Dwight Gooden in 1985. We’ll get to see stars in the prime of their careers square off against each other.
The 1968 All-Star game featured four future Hall of Famers in the starting lineups for both leagues. Seven of the 18 NL reserves would go on to make the Hall and if not for his gambling problems, Pete Rose would make it eight. The AL reserves included Mickey Mantle and Denny McLain, in the season where he became the last guy to win 30 games in the majors.
Which one is more appealing to you?