Report: All-Star Game link to World Series home-field advantage ends
The league that wins the All-Star Game will no longer have home field advantage in the World Series, but will go to the team with the better regular-season record, according to a report from the Associated Press.
The new rule was part of a new 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and the players' union that will run through the 2021 season.
The rule had been in place since 2003, when owners unanimously approved the change after the fiasco of the All-Star Game the season before. The 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee ended in a 7–7 tie after 11 innings after both teams ran out of pitchers.
The American League won the All-Star Game last season, giving the Cleveland Indians home-field advantage in the World Series after they won the AL Pennett, despite the Chicago Cubs winning 103 games in the regular season.
The Indians blew a 3–1 series lead to the Cubs and lost Game 7 at home in a thrilling extra-inning game.
The two sides also agreed to reduce the minimum stay on the disabled list from 15 days to 10.
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