MLB All-Star Game Should Not Determine World Series Home-Field Advantage

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IJuly 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10:  American League manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers shakes hands with National League manager Tony La Russa before the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It is an absolute travesty that the MLB All-Star Game determines which team gets home-field advantage.

The idea is a ploy by the MLB to make the All-Star Game meaningful. But it should not have to be meaningful. It should be just a chance for all the best players in the game to be on the field at the same time, nothing more, nothing less.

The Texas Rangers have made the World Series the past two seasons and lost both times. They also did not have home-field advantage in either series, because the American League had lost the All-Star Game in both seasons.

While the Rangers were represented by a few of their star players in the All-Star Game, they were only a handful on a team of players that rotate innings and play a lot less than in regular games.  

Tony LaRussa managed the National League All-Star team this year, even though he is retired. This means that a coach who has no current affiliation with the MLB played a huge role in determining the home-field advantage in the World Series.

That is incredibly unfair and makes absolutely no sense.

One game that is mainly media and fanbase-driven affects a seven-game series to determine the champions of the entire league. The logic here just does not add up. Bud Selig needs to change this policy.

There are two good options I would propose to determine who gets home-field advantage in the World Series.

The first would simply be to give home-field to whichever team had more regular-season wins. The second option would be to give home-field to whichever team had the better interleague-play record.

Both of these options allow the actual team to control their own destiny. Having an All-Star game determine such a significant part of the World Series is just not fair.