According to our old pal Bill Baer over at that other blog, cooler heads have prevailed in MLB and have decided that the winner of the All Star Game will no longer determine who has home field advantage.
And the church says, “Amen.”
As part of the newly agreed-to Collective Bargaining Agreement approved by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association, and first reported by the Associated Press, home field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season record, the way God intended it to be.
Since that ignoble day that the All Star Game ended in a tie, and Bud Selig, in his infinite wisdom, decided that it had to therefore mean something, the American League has won the lion’s share of the ASG matchups, and as a result, have had home field advantage over teams which had much better overall records. For example, this year alone was a perfect example as to why the ASG home field advantage was bogus – the Cubs had the undisputed best record in all of baseball, and yet going into the World Series they had the unlikely role of having to play from behind. While we all know what happened, in all honesty Chicago should have had home field advantage, and who knows what would have occurred had they not had the artificial underdog spot.
These new (and welcomed) rules will be applied starting this coming season.