APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start

  • APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start

APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start

If the Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox are able to make it to the World Series in 2017, whether or not they have home-field advantage in the Fall Classic will reportedly no longer be in another team's hands.

A big reversal has to do with baseball's All-Star game.

Instead, under baseball's tentative five-year collective bargaining agreement, the pennant victor with the best regular-season record will have the home-field advantage in the World Series, The Associated Press reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the tentative CBA.

The rule came about after then-Commissioner Bud Selig was booed for letting the 2002 Midsummer Classic end in a tie.

"As part of the changes for next year, players in the All-Star Game will have the incentive to play for a pool of money", the Associated Press reported. Television people pay a lot of money for the game. It started out as a two-year experiment and ended up becoming the way things were done for more than a decade. "It was not and should not be a meaningless exhibition game". Homefield advantage for the World Series will now be determined by the pennant victor with the best regular-season record, as it should be.

"It will put back a little of the sizzle", San Francisco Giants executive Larry Baer said in 2003. That peace will extend through at least a 26th year, as the owners and the players' union agreed last night on the framework of a CBA that will run through the 2021 season.