If you woke up today thinking “I hope one of the stupidest rules in professional sports gets changed” then you’re in luck!
Major League Baseball has announced that the league that wins baseball’s annual All-Star Game between the American League and National League will no longer automaticcally be granted home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record.
APNewsBreak: Baseball's All-Star Game no longer to determine World Series home-field advantage. https://t.co/WHNiErncmu
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The change was included in Major League Baseball’s tentative new collective bargaining agreement, and has been a point of contention among fans for years.
Other changes in the CBA include:
- The minimum stay on the disabled list will be reduced from 15 days to 10.
- Players in the All-Star Game will have the incentive to play for a pool of money.
- An international play plan that sets the stage for potential games in Asia, Mexico (and elsewhere in Latin America) and Britain, plus U.S.-based special events such as this year’s July 3 game between Atlanta and Miami in a specially built ballpark on a military base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.