Finally, the MLB All-Star game is meaningless again.
Some big news out of the recently-settled new MLB collective bargaining agreement. According to the AP, the MLB All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage for the World Series.
Instead, the pennant winner with the better overall record will host Games 1, 2, 4 and 7 while the other finalist will host 3, 4, 5.
Here is more from the AP:
Home-field advantage in the World Series generally rotated between the leagues through 2002. Baseball, led by then-Commissioner Bud Selig, and Fox television promoted the "This Time It Counts" innovation after the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee ended in a 7-7, 11-inning tie when both teams ran out of pitchers. Selig was booed in his own Milwaukee backyard.
What began as a two-year experiment was extended. The American League won 11 of 14 All-Star Games played under the rule, and the AL representative won eight World Series in those years.
Incredibly, we can't believe it took this long to make this change. Better late than never though.
Before the All-Star Game began deciding matters, home-field advantage was alternated between the two leagues on a yearly basis. Giving it to the team with the better overall record theoretically is a better way of doing things than that system as well.