As much as baseball fans (and most of its players) don’t want the All Star Game to count towards home field advantage for the World Series, it most certainly does.
Just look at the numbers from the past five years, all AL victories in the All Star Game.
In games 1 & 2 of the Fall Classic the AL holds an 8-2 advantage, that’s huge!
And more, in the World Series that have reached a game 7, the home team has won the last eight contests.
Need more evidence? How about realizing that the team with the home field advantage has won 18 of the last 22 world championships!
Obviously, the numbers speak to the importance of having the home crowd behind you in October.
Thus, it’s utterly ridiculous that an exhibition game determines which league begins the series at home, no matter what Fox Television tells us.
My solution is to reward the team with best overall record home field advantage in the World Series.
After all, the whole point of the season is to win more ballgames than your opponents.
And better, it makes more sense for a team to have earned the right to play at home vs. the current system.
Sure, it’s convenient for baseball to know which city will host games 1 & 2 of the World Series, but it’s not worth it to compromise both the fans and players wishes for a new “home field” policy.
Although, don’t expect any changes to the current system which is under contract until the 2011 season.
And remember, this is MLB we’re talking about, the caboose on the forward thinking train.
So, it seems inevitable through the next three seasons that this format will remain in place, no matter what baseball fans or its players think.
But hey, as Mr. Bud will gladly remind us, attendance is up, small market teams are competing and baseball is even testing for steroids these days.
I guess there’s no room for improvement.