The outcome of All-Star Game being used to determine home field for the World Series is the worst idea in sports. The All-Star Game has more in common with a game in sunny Florida in early March than it has with any regular season contest. The roster is now up to 34 players almost all of whom expect to appear in the game, how can that be a legitimate premise for determining a major advantage in the sport’s most competitive series. Selig’s commitment to continue this idiotic policy aside, I have a couple of suggestions which I would like to put up for discussion.
I actually had no problem with the rotation system that existed for decades, but apparently that’s not good enough any more. I’m against using best record which was suggested on yesterday’s Yankee telecast, because not all records are created equal, the Yankees schedule is a little more competitive than the Reds or Pirates for example. The World Series winner should determine the home field for the following year’s World Series. American League team wins, home field for the next World Series belongs to the American League representative, National League wins their representative gets home field advantage. This would allow the World Champion team from the prior year to defend it’s title owning home field advantage if that team made it back to the World Series. It also gives fans in cities not represented in the series an interest in which team wins. In 2006, the Tigers and Cards met in the series, Yankee fans had nothing at stake, but imagine home field for next year’s World Series on the line and all of a sudden you have an interest in which team wins.
The All-Star Game should be self contained, whatever value can be added to the “bragging rights” should be related to the All-Star Game. Why not allow the winning league to determine the site for the following year’s All-Sar Game. It could be chosen at random, it could be rotated whatever. ESPN could add an hour special the Wednesday after the game featuring the determination for next year’s contest.
One final point, home field advantage in the World Series between 1950-1979 wasn’t such a prize. The team that had home field won only 9 of the 30 World Series played over that period. The Yankees of 51 and 53 and the Giants of 54 had home field and won. The Pirates of 60, the Yanks of 61 and the Cards of 64 won. The A’s of 73, the Reds of 76 and the Yanks of 77 won.