MLB Neuters All-Star Game: It Will No Longer Determine World Series Home Team
Remember that singer who slipped "All Lives Matter" lyrics into the Canadian National Anthem last year at the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego? And remember how that was the highlight of the night?
Yeah, so does everyone. So the owners finally realized that nothing can save that glorified exhibition game, and voted to bring it back to being totally meaningless -- just the way America likes it. The All-Star Game will not determine home field advantage in the World Series, beginning this coming season. The 14-year experiment is dead.
Now we can get some housework done -- wash the car, spend time with the kids. The All-Star Game was always meant to be on in the background as we did other things, to be watched only when the guy from your team is batting.
The new MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement, a tentative five-year labor deal that would expire in 2021, was reached early this morning. It removes the World Series clause, first introduced by Bud Selig in 2003. Home-field advantage in the World Series will now be determined by the team with the better winning percentage.
More importantly, owners also voted to reduce the minimum stay on the disabled list from 15 to 10 days. It's going to take awhile for me to learn to write '10-day disabled list' instead of 15-day, so readers please be patient.
So hey, good news for Miami, which plays host to the All-Star Game this coming season. Baseball has changed its All-Star motto from "This Time It Counts" to (pick one):
"Go Ahead And DVR It"
"Mike Trout Skipped It, But You Shouldn't"
"Finally You Can Re-Grout The Shower"
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