All-star games have lost their entire purpose.
The games are inherently an exhibition, pitting the best from one league or conference against the best from the other. Except sometimes the best of the best fear injuries and don’t give it their all. And when that happens, the overall quality of the game suffers.
“This time it counts” has been Major League Baseball and FOX’s selling point for the MLB All-Star Game for the last decade. Because home-field advantage for the World Series is on the line, fans, theoretically, will watch and players, theoretically, will try harder.
However, the game has set a new record low rating in each of the last three seasons, including the National League's 8-0 win Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Also, the fact that home-field for the World Series goes to whichever side wins the All-Star Game instead of who had the best record is just not right. It’s a disservice to the members of the team that got the best record. They worked hard for 162 games and have earned the right to be at home. But MLB Commissioner Bud Selig needed to save the All-Star game from irrelevancy ten years ago and started “This Time it Counts.” And so it has year-after-year.