Report: MLB All-Star Game will no longer decide World Series home-field advantage
Home-field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record
Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. You can read about some of the biggest changes here.
Yet one change worth highlighting that has trickled out in the hours since is the end of the All-Star Game as the World Series home-field advantage determinant. Here are the details, according to ESPN:
The league that wins Major League 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 home-field advantage stipulation was tacked on to the All-Star Game following the 2002 contest, in which the game was declared a tie after both sides exhausted their rosters. What began as a test-trial run in 2003 and 2004 has since become a staple -- a way to up the stakes for an otherwise boring game.
Being in effect for more than a decade (and through multiple CBA agreements) doesn't mean it has been a popular staple, however. The absurdity of determining an advantage in the championship round based on an exhibition has been lost on no one -- there's a reason other sports haven't adopted the concept. And while baseball should be complimented for trying something different -- something that in theory makes a game more exciting -- it's also the sport with the longest regular season, and therefore the one that shouldn't minimize the regular-season results in favor of a one-off.
As of yet, there's no word on whether the league is implementing any other changes to the All-Star Game -- like some other incentive to win -- or if the All-Star Game will take its place as a greater accolade than attraction.