The league that wins baseball's All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record.
The change was included in Major League Baseball's tentative new collective bargaining agreement and disclosed early Thursday to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the deal, reached Wednesday evening in Irving, Texas, had not been announced.
The rule change has garnered consistent criticism as it allows a select group of players rotated through an exhibition competition to determine a potentially key advantage for baseball's biggest event. During the 2016 World Series, the Cleveland Indians played with home field advantage, despite the fact the eventual world champion Chicago Cubs had far better regular-season record.
Talk about great news, that is frankly long overdue. Since 2003 the MLB All-Star Game has determined home field advantage in the World Series after the 2002 All-Star Game ended in a tie to prevent that from happening again. Just an overreaction that lasted nearly 15 seasons.
Bud Selig did a lot of great things for baseball. Making the All-Star game matter for the World Series was not one of them. Easily one of the dumbest rules in sports. All Star Games are supposed to be fun and a moment to recognize all the great players across the game. Not determine who gets home field advantage in the World Series.
Now instead the team with the best record will have home-field, what an interesting concept? It's almost like they do that for every single other sport. Pretty interesting!!!
Other than logic and reason finally overruling stupidity, now we won't have to worry about the media complaining about whether or a pitcher grooved one for a retiring player like Adam Wainwright admitted to then took back against Derek Jeter in 2014. Btw he 100% did it on purpose and was just backtracking, which I have no issue with. Should be allowed to have some fun at the midsummer classic. Especially when an all-time great is retiring.
It's a great day for baseball after this move and as the calendar turns to December today it just makes me excited that Spring Training is only like 3 months away.