The MLB All-Star Game's home-field advantage prize is massively important

MLB teams with home-field advantage have won 25 of the 32 World Series since 1980. And you get home-field advantage if your league wins tonight's All-Star Game

National League All-Star Pedro Alvarez competes in the Home Run Derby Monday night. The All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night in New York City.
(Image credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty images)

"The MLB All-Star Game: This One Counts."

This is the message Major League Baseball has pushed almost endlessly for the last decade every time the Midsummer Classic rolls around. That's because the MLB All-Star Game does decide something important: Home-field advantage in the World Series, which on the surface, seems like an odd thing to attach to an exhibition game in which players routinely get a single at-bat before spending the rest of the game on the bench.

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