Major League Baseball will be celebrating its 81st annual All-Star Game on July 13th in Angel Stadium of Anaheim between players of the American League and the National League.

Since 1935 the “Midsummer Classic” marks the symbolic halfway point of the season and is probably one of the most anticipated all-star games by any followers of the world of sports.

In 2001, at a Major League Baseball journalist’s forum during the All-Star Game in Seattle, it was proposed changing the format of the All-Star Game to a game similar to the current All-Star Futures Game. 

A game between the United States’ top players and the best of the world.

There’s no doubt baseball is still the American pastime, but it has become one full of international flavor.

Today, Latinos make up more than 25 percent of Major League players. Also, more Japanese players are part of Major League rosters every year.

It is really great that baseball fans can enjoy the World Baseball Classic every four years, but why not change it in some sort of way to once a year?

Major League Baseball is always looking for change and this will be a great moment as the National Hockey League (NHL) did it for a while. 

From 1998 to 2003, the NHL changed the format to one with a team of North American All-Stars taking on a team of players who were not from North America, known as the World All-Stars.

It is true that the NHL reverted back to its classic East vs. West format. In baseball, if it does not work, it can go back to its traditional American League vs. National League All-Stars.

As fantasy games are so popular now, I made a roster with the best 34 players as in the traditional All-Star Game.

I took into account the best current players of Latin America, Canada, and Japan.

Why not dream a little. Maybe someday Bud Selig and Major League Baseball will consider this idea.


My 2010 “World Team” roster:
Manager: Ozzie Guillen (Chicago White Sox)
Coaches: Manny Acta (Cleveland Indians), Edwin Rodriguez (Florida Marlins), Juan Samuel (Baltimore Orioles)

Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies
Fausto Carmona, Cleveland Indians
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Silva, Chicago Cubs
Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals
Livan Hernandez, Washington Nationals
Carlos Marmol.  Chicago Cubs
Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati Reds
Neftali Feliz, Texas Rangers
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Joakim Soria, Kansas City Royals
Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay Rays
Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers 

Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox
Miguel Olivo, Colorado Rockies 

1B Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
1B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
1B Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres
1B David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
2B Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
2B Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves
SS Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
SS Jose Reyes, New York Mets
SS Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
3B Adrian Beltre, Boston Red Sox
3B Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays 

Jason Bay, New York Mets
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Vladimir Guerrero, Texas Rangers
Magglio Ordonez, Detroit Tigers
Alexis Rios, Chicago White Sox
David de Jesus, Kansas City Royals 

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