(Eds: With AP Photos.) By MIKE SCHMIDT For The Associated Press I was on 12 All-Star rosters, most as a legit All-Star deserving of the honor of representing the National League as one of that year's best players.
In 1980, I missed the game with a pulled muscle. And in 1989, I was voted to the team as a starter after I had retired. In each case the replacement was a player deserving and capable of carrying out the assignment in my place. His first-half body of work that season was rewarded.
Back then, the fans picked the game's starters. That's all, the starters. The managers picked the remainder of the roster so that as the game progressed into the deciding innings, each league would have its best on the field.
Every year, the fan voting is skewed to elect players based on popularity, not on production. That's OK because the game has been labeled ''for the fans.'' This game for the fans, however, now carries a significant prize: World Series home field, which is why the field pe...