According to a Thursday morning report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Major League Baseball has added yet another leg to their recently agreed upon collective bargaining agreement. With the new pact now in place, it appears that the league will no longer offer home-field advantage in the World Series based on the winner of the All-Star Game.
Instead, the pennant winner with the best record will be awarded home-field advantage come the “Fall Classic.”
While many believe that without serving as the indicator of who garners the right to host Game 7 of the World Series, the All-Star Game becomes meaningless. However, a large pool of money will now serve as the incentive to win the “Mid-Summer Classic.”
The All-Star Game began determining home-field advantage in the World Series following the 2002 installment of the event, which ended in a 7-7 tie while both the American and National League sides ran out of pitchers. As a result, then commissioner Bud Selig elected to added some extra excitement to the game.
Most recently, the Chicago Cubs owned the best record in all of baseball while the Cleveland Indians were able to host Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. While the Cubs pulled off a 3-1 comeback in the series despite not having home-field advantage, it seemed evident that perhaps the “better” team should receive the edge in Game 7 as a result of their efforts from a lengthy and strenuous 162-game regular season.
Adding an interesting wrinkle to the fold, Nightengale made a point to mention that the league previously insisted that they needed “several months” to prepare World Series hotels for a home-field advantage while the new proposition will cut this time period down to mere days.