2003, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game meant literally nothing as far as the regular and post seasons go. If nothing else, it was just an opportunity for the league's best players to get hurt in a game that did nothing to benefit their team. Exhibit A: catcher Ray Fosse.
In 2003, however, the players union negotiated a deal with the league to add some incentive to the game: home-field advantage.
Since the 2003 season, the league that wins the Midsummer Classic earns home-field advantage in the World Series.
In other words, if the National League wins tonight, and the Arizona Diamondbacks miraculously make it to the World Series this year, they'd get home-field advantage, even if they have a worse record than their American League opponent.
It's added some incentive for players on a team that's a playoff contender to actually play hard in a game that's otherwise meaningless, which makes it somewhat entertaining.
However, many still say the game is worthless and don't want their team's best player risking injury.
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