The MLB All-Star Game Just Announced The Absolute Coolest Tiebreaker Format And Fans Are Loving It

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Baseball fans of a certain age will remember the 2002 MLB All-Star Game vividly. Sure, fans will remember Torii Hunter’s incredible over-the-wall robbery of Barry Bonds. But most fans will remember it for far worse reasons.

They’ll remember that the game ended in a tie.

A tie? You say. Yes, a tie. Both teams ran out of pitchers and the managers, as well as the league, decided to call the game as is. The decision hung like a dark cloud over the league until Major League Baseball decided to do something about. From 2003 to 2017, the MLB All-Star game determined which team had home-field advantage in the World Series.

As it turns out, fans hated that rule too after teams with the better record were forced to go on the road to start the series due to what largely amounts to an exhibition.

That rule went out the window in 2017 and in the years since we haven’t had a tie. Nor has the game gone beyond 10 innings, which it did in 2018 when the American League won, 8-6.

But what if it did? Nobody wants to see another 2002 redux, and Major League Baseball knows that. So on Monday afternoon, the league announced a brand new way to settle a tie after nine innings. And it’s the coolest possible way.

Baseball Fans Love Themselves A Good Dinger

The walk-off dinger is the best thing in baseball, bar none. Under the newly introduced Home Run Derby tiebreak format, fans are guaranteed at least a chance at solid chance at a walk-off dinger if the game is tied after nine inning. So it should come as nobody surprise that people loved the new format.

Many fans prefer it to the current extra-inning rules in regular season games.

Dingers. Dingers for all of these people!