MLB On Gwynn All-Star Snub: "Didn't Want To Single Out One Individual"

MLB and Fox issued a joint statement tonight on the much-criticized absence of Tony Gwynn's name from last night's All-Star Game/Derek Jeter slurpfest. Their explanation:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year - including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer - and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual.

Derek Jeter, meanwhile, had his name mentioned 100 times in the Fox broadcast.

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All 100 Times Jeter's Name Was Mentioned On Fox—And All Zero Of Gwynn's

Lest you forget, Fox was sure to make you aware that this is Derek Jeter's final season in the majors. The Captain's name was spoken no fewer than 100 times on tonight's All-Star Game broadcast, but at what cost? That of remembering people like Tony Gwynn, Don Zimmer, or Bob Welch—none of whom were mentioned during the broadcast.

Some have called for a mid-game "in memoriam" break, similar to those seen during Hollywood awards shows. That would probably make an already notoriously-long broadcast even longer, but what other opportunity does the game of baseball have to honor those who have passed? (When Ted Williams died prior to the 2002 All-Star Game, MLB responded by naming the game's MVP award after him; then, due to the game ending in a tie, didn't give the award out after all.)