Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League infielder Adrian Beltre (29) of the Texas Rangers during workout day the day before the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The World Series Home Field Advantage is Decided Already


The All-Star game was a good exhibition game this year. I enjoyed watching it, I enjoyed watching Yu Darvish pitch, I enjoyed watching Adrian Beltre play, and I enjoyed seeing Derek Jeter honored, even if he is a Yankee. But there is one thing that I just cannot get over: why does a exhibition game decide home field advantage in the World Series? Why?

 

Imagine if the NFL decided where the Super Bowl was held by who had the best record in the pre-season, or if the NBA decided home court advantage by whoever won the dunk contest? What if the NHL decided the Stanley Cup home ice advantage by the All-Star game? It would be stupid, right? Just like the baseball all-star game deciding home field advantage is stupid.

 

Admittedly, I am still bitter that the Texas Rangers, who had the best record in baseball in 2011, did not have home field advantage because the AL lost the All-Star game. The best team earned the right to have home field advantage, and they should get it. It seems wrong and unintelligent to decide it any other way.

 

The Texas Rangers are not going to the World Series this season, but that is not the reason I don’t like it. I think it needs to be changed, agree or disagree?

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  • Matt Sharp

    I disagree. MLB is the only organization that allows the fans an actual part in the game, how the season unfolds all the way up to the world series. They do this through the All Star game. Fans can actually vote on a few players who actually help determine where the world series begins. It’s a good thing. My team is in the national league, so yeah that sucks. Bottom line, there was no one on that field for the all star game that did not deserve to be there and when all was said and done, the best of the two leagues, including the fan elected guys, decided who gets home field “advantage” such as it is in baseball. It’s great fans get that little bit, and it’s great the All Star Game actually means something. Its one of the things MLB has over the pro bowl of the NFL

    • http://nolanwritin.com/ Ben Dieter

      Very well said Matt. I do love the fact that the fans get a say in the All-Stars, I do think MLB got that right. I still don’t like the fact that the game means something, but it is definitely the best All-Star game is sports!