As Major League Baseball awaits the ratings results for the 2017 Midsummer Classic, it doesn’t take a professional data to tell you that with little on the line, the 2-1 outcome was a snoozefest.

After the 2002 All-Star Game ended in a tie and former commish Bud Selig decided to make the exhibition game decide home-field advantage for the World Series, at least fans had a reason to watch.

Sort of.

The American League took the first seven All-Star Games under that system and had home-field advantage in the Series a total of 11 times.

But now that the incentive to win the game is out the window, it went back to being what it is: a popularity contest.

That led to not many people outside of die-hard baseball fans really caring what happened at Marlins Park, outside of maybe Yankee, Red Sox, and Marlins fans.

And that’s fine. That’s what a popularity contest is: the most popular players from the most popular teams get a shot at playing with other popular players from other popular teams.

It’s good that baseball has finally entered the 21st century and finally figured out that the team with the best record at the end is the one that should have home-field/court/ice advantage.

Welcome to 2017, MLB!

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