The ratings for this year’s All-Star Game were the lowest ever. It just reinforces a fact that has been obvious for years- nobody cares about this game anymore. Yet, baseball insists on trying to artificially pump up interest by awarding home field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star Game. It’s time to change that.
Baseball should award home field using one of two systems. The first would be to emulate the way the NBA and NHL handle it and award it to the team with the better record. By doing that, you reward a team for an excellent season and give them an advantage they have justly earned.
The other way to do it would be to award home field to the league that wins interleague play. Interleague has lost it’s meaning, but putting the chance of hosting four games in the World Series into the equation would liven it up a bit. Plus, that would set up a true battle of the leagues.
If MLB doesn’t like either change then the best thing to do is to go back to the old way. Alternating home field between the leagues from one year to another isn’t the best solution, but it is better than an artificial one.