It's a reflection on the state of affairs in MLB. Nobody is held accountable. The managers failed to keep adequate reserves on hand for contingencies. There have been plenty of instances where pitchers throw to one guy and then are lifted. Have the sense to have the early guys, who are usually starters, pitch 2 or 3 innings.
Players might get hurt? I saw a lot of fine, aggressive play out on the field that could have resulted in an unfortunate injury. There's risk in any ballgame.
Some may counter-argue that the players preparation was not sufficient for more than a brief stint. Again, if you're going to play, be prepared to play. Players have to be accountable too.
After the all star game is done, pitchers who weren't selected should be well rested. I don't want to hear that the last pitcher used is scheduled to pitch on Friday. Change the rotation and deal with it.
The fans had every right to boo the decision! Prices for this exhibition game are as high as for the World Series. When was he last time somebody paid $125 for an obstructed view seat? It's compounded by the fact that game tickets were only sold in "strips" that included tickets for the Sunday events, Monday's Home Run Derby, and the Fan Fest. That's a lot of money for exhibition baseball. The fans are simply holding MLB accountable.
But it's not the way of MLB to have a sense of accountability. Owners overspend on players, then cry about the "economic climate." Players don't want to increase revenue sharing, but charge "collusion!" if owners don't pony up to salary demands. Discipline is neither consistent nor just coming out of Bob Watson's office. The commissioned fails to look out for what's best for baseball, insisting on contraction in a bullheaded manner that defies all logic. In the end, it's the fan who suffers.