The fans don't care for the All-Star rosters either

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This time it counts! But nobody cares!

By a margin of 56 percent to 42 percent, fans said the All-Star game
shouldn’t be used to determine which league’s champion gets to open the
World Series at home . . . In other poll results: More than half of
fans said every team shouldn’t have a guaranteed spot on the All-Star
rosters. Eighty-two percent said players penalized under MLB’s drug
policy shouldn’t be allowed into the All-Star game in the year they are
punished.

Can’t say I disagree with any of that. Of course, as the article notes,
there’s no getting around these silly rules until at least 2011, which
is when the new collective bargaining agreement will be negotiated. And
call me crazy, but I think the union and the owners will have higher
priorities than the construction of the All-Star Game.

Personally, I’d settle for no rules changes if a manager would
simply announce ahead of time — like, before the voting even gets
seriously underway — that he has no intention of making sure every
player gets in the game and that, instead, he plans on managing to win
the game. Doing such a thing would eliminate the problems of marginal
All-Stars mucking up the game and making a mockery of the putatively
high stakes.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.