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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

MLB is wasting its All-Star Game

Those fraud-detection services would have a field day with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In trying to give the game new purpose and a mien of meaningfulness by using it to award home-field advantage in the World Series, starting in 2003, MLB has robbed it of its identity completely.

The game is neither an entertaining exhibition nor a high-stakes competition. It is stuck in a state of limbo, listlessness, and static television ratings (this year’s game did a 7.0 nationally; the prior two years registered 6.9 and a record-low 6.8).

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