The time was right for a change in the format. Who wants to watch players that do not want to be here. At least the old-timers are eager to put on a show.
However, now is the time to try to get some more current retirees. The Hall of Fame needs to showcase different players every year because people will begin to lose interest. Maybe not this year, or two years from now, but eventually they will.
The game seems to be more about having fun than competition. Perhaps the outcome of the game should mean more to both the participants and fans. Maybe invite ex-Yankees and Red Sox players to play an exhibition. That’s a game neither side would want to lose.