The MLB Draft is one of many exciting events that have taken place during All-Star Week in Los Angeles.
The Futures Game kicked everything off on Saturday and the draft began the following day.
Top prospects were picked by teams in the first round and beyond as the next generation of MLB stars arrived on the scene.
However, MLBPA head Tony Clark isn’t a huge fan of the draft taking place during the All-Star festivities and thinks that the timing is rather inconvenient.
Evan Drellich tweeted what Clark had to say.
Clark acknowledged that it’s great to have it as a marquee event, but that the timing is just a little awkward.
Tony Clark on holding the amateur draft during All Star week: “It’s great to have it as part of a marquee event, but the timing is remarkably challenging."
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) July 19, 2022
Clark Criticizes Timing Of Draft
Clark isn’t wrong.
Everyone is used to the draft being held in early June.
This year was a stark contrast to that and a departure from the way Major League Baseball has done it for so long.
It is good to have a lot of hype around it though.
Sure, the timing is a little weird, but having it timed right around the same time as All-Star festivities can help generate a little more hype around it and make it more exciting.
The NBA does a Draft Combine where the prospects show off their abilities and do basic basketball tasks.
This is the first year MLB has done something like that.
Clark does make a good point though that the timing is a little awkward.
Perhaps they could hold the draft after the All-Star Game in the future and have it take place on the following day or two.
We’ll see what they decide to do next year.