I am sad. And maybe I’m alone in this, but I am sad because the MLB All-Star Game will no longer decide who gets home field advantage in the World Series. From now on, home field advantage will go to the team with the best record. That’s fine, I guess. Wouldn’t have been my choice, but I get it.
I understand why the players wanted the All-Star Game deciding home field advantage out of their bargaining agreement. The All-Star Game is, and should be an exhibition game. A player’s goal is to win the World Series, not to make or win an All-Star Game so putting a value on an exhibition game no longer makes the game exhibition. I can see the argument that since the game “meant something” they would play harder and increase the risk of injury. Like I said before, I get it, but how many times did someone suffer any kind of injury in the All-Star Game? The answer is not very many and certainly not within the last 10-15 years.
However that’s not even the reason I’m sad. Since they implemented the home field advantage bounty on the All-Star Game in 2003, the games have been fucking fantastic. With the exception of 2004 (AL won 9-4) 2011 (NL won 5-1) and 2012 (NL won 8-0), every game has been a three run game or less and the 2011 game was actually a lot closer than a 5-1 game.
It’s just sad to see this change because the Pro Bowl is a joke and the NBA All Star Game is a joke. The MLB All Star Game was nice because since the game meant something, you had the best players playing trying their best. It wasn’t like the Pro Bowl where the offensive line is jumping over each other or the NBA where the score is 350-310. Personally, I like seeing the best players play the best and unfortunately, I think those days may be numbered for the MLB All-Star Game.
As I’ve said earlier in this blog, I get the reasons. I understand why players don’t want it and I do get the argument of why people didn’t like it. The one thing I will say is that the new rule of just giving home field advantage to the best record is boring. It’s the safe decision, yes, but it’s boring as hell. If you aren’t going to make the All Star Game decide, do something else cool. Maybe take the league records of interleague play or something like that. Whatever league wins more interleague games gets home field advantage. That’d be pretty cool I think. That’s not even a weird, outlandish thing either as some of my other ideas have been. In fact, that’s pretty doable.
The point is, the All-Star Game deciding home field advantage was unique. Don’t be boring. Do something else cool. It’s cool to be cool, MLB. It’s cool to be cool.