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The Union hates having the All-Star Game decide World Series home field advantage

Jul 14, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

I missed this yesterday, but MLBPA chief Michael Weiner said that there is “strong
sentiment” among the union that using the All-Star Game to determine home field advantage for the World
Series is a dumb idea. The players think that home field should be determined by regular-season record:

Weiner said Tuesday that he expected to have “healthy discussions” on
the topic as part of next year’s collective bargaining. He said the
players never embraced the concept of awarding home-field advantage in
the World Series to the the winning league in the All-Star game, but
they reluctantly agreed in order to satisfy FOX, which broadcasts the
event.

Meanwhile, Bud Selig said yesterday in his little press conference that there was no reason to change the All-Star Game format. Of course, one doesn’t go far in this world contradicting your boss’ word, so Selig was probably wise not to say anything that wavered from FOX’s party line.

  1. Largebill - Jul 14, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    People complaining about an exhibition game deciding the home field advantage seem to have memory loss and don’t remember that it used to be decided by nothing more than whether it was an odd or even year.

  2. JBerardi - Jul 14, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Huh? I remember that. I preferred it. It’s a better, fairer system. I’d go back to that system immediately if I was in charge.

  3. beezo - Jul 14, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    I don’t mind it determining HFA, but if that’s the case the managers should put the best team on the field without the constraints of fan voting/every team being represented.

  4. Largebill - Jul 14, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Fairer? Really? From my perspective (as an Indians’ fan) the team I follow reached the World Series twice in the 90’s with the better record than our NL opponent and the other team had home field advantage both times just because it was an odd year.

  5. JBerardi - Jul 14, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Yeah, it would have been much more fair if your opponent had home field because their league had won the ASG…

  6. JBerardi - Jul 14, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Yeah, then injuries become a factor. Do you put Adrian Beltre in for nine innings? He’s got a bum hammy, but he’s been the best 3B in the AL this year…

    It’s an exhibition game. Treat it as such.

  7. quint - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    You cannot decide the world series in an exhibition game period.
    The managers are put in a horrible situation of having to play everyone while trying to win it.
    Best record, rotate it, the league whose player wins the home run derby would be a better system, whatever league incurred the least fines per captia, coin toss, whomever the secretary of agriculture chooses – there are millions of better choices.

  8. tda - Jul 14, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    JB, that’s twice you’ve distorted someone else’s argument and then disagreed with it. Stop it.
    beezo said “managers should put the best team on the field.” Beltre isn’t the best 3B if he’s hurt. Obviously you would play the best players who can actually play.
    Please don’t come here and argue just for argument’s sake.

  9. lardin - Jul 15, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    THe problem is: better record doesnt equal better team
    The Yankees, Rays, and Sox are the three best teams in Baseball. your saying if the Reds finish with a better record then the “big” three they should get home field advantage? On what basis do they deserve it? Just because you have the best record does not mean your the best team. There is a big discrepancy between the leagues. That is part of the reason why baseball used to just alternate the leagues.

  10. JBerardi - Jul 15, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Now you’re distorting my argument. Beltre can actually play. His hammy injury doesn’t appear to be affect him on the field at this point, but by putting him out there for nine, you’re putting him in a position to aggravate it. But that’s just one example of what I’m talking about. What if Francona is managing, and it’s a tie game in extra innings? If he’s trying to win, he’s gotta use Mariano Rivera for multiple innings, right? I’m sure Giardi appreciate that… really trying to win the game introduces too many conflicts of interest.

    Exhibition game. Treat it that way.

  11. Ditto65 - Jul 15, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    What?!
    I agree with the players union?
    And Fox calls the shots?!
    That means that Joe Buck has more power than Selig, and Buck doesn’t even like baseball!
    My head hurts.
    Stay Classy, HBT.

  12. Kevin R - Jul 15, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    My nephew’s little league team had a better record (percentage-wise) than the Yankees last year; that doesn’t mean they’re the better team.
    Obviously the disparity in MLB isn’t quite that bad, but I think it’s obvious that the AL is a rather better league than the NL. An NL team sets its record against an easier set of teams, therefore the records are not directly comparable.
    It still might be a better idea than using the All Star Game, but it’s not perfectly fair like some seem to think.

  13. Benny Blanco - Jul 15, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    They won more games in the regular season. Home field is therefore a reward for doing so. Has nothing to do with who has a better team on paper.

  14. Stephanie - Jul 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    I agree, Kevin. I mean, look at the Rangers. I’m a huge fan of the Rangers, don’t get me wrong, but their record would be a little different if they were in the AL East or Central.

  15. doctorfunke - Jul 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Yes, those teams are better on paper, but we all know that the World Series is decided by playing the games. Judging by your logic, why even have playoffs? Why not just give the trophy to the team with the best record at the end of the season? How do you know that the Reds would lose to one of these teams in the WS? Having the best record means you’ve done some things right over the course of a very long season. That should count for something. The idea of having guys from teams that aren’t in contention playing a role in how the home field advantage is doled out just isn’t the right way to do it. Make the All-Star Game an exhibition game and that’s it.

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