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All-Star Game Tie Will Be Decided By A Home Run Derby

One of the first good choices made by MLB in a while. Let's look at the details.

On Wednesday, just a few hours before the Home Run Derby, Jeff Passan gave us one of his signature shocking informational tweets.

Changing What Was Once Stupid

Do we remember the days when MLB All-Star Game meant something?

I sure hope not. It was preposterous when it started. Think about this. MLB added profound meaning to an exhibition game where a popularity contest selected the rosters from fan voting. When those choices were made, then the rest of the All-Stars were selected by coaches and a magic 8 ball. A roster made up of these choices in an exhibition game was then deciding World Series home-field advantage.

Am I the only one who found this preposterous? Why was this?

From 2003 to 2016, World Series home-field advantage was given to the team from the league that won that year's All-Star Game. This rule was installed after a 7-7 tie in the 2002 Midsummer Classic.

So if I'm understanding this correctly, after realizing this pointless exhibition game could end in a tie, MLB added greater significance to the game? Yikes.

Excellent Change

It's okay that the MLB All-Star game is a popularity contest. It isn't always fair to performers, but the coaching staff choices are supposed to mitigate some of that. This is a game for the fans to see the best of their favorites. Ending a potential tie game with a home run derby is unequivocally the coolest thing MLB has chosen to do in quite some time. Argue with a wall.

Now...who else is rooting for a tie?