The league winning the All-Star Game will no longer receive the home field advantage during the World Series. Instead, the home-field advantage will now go to the winner of the pennant that had the better record during the regular season.
This change was part of the new tentative collective bargaining agreement in Major League Baseball, said one person that had direct knowledge the negotiations between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
In addition, management and players reached an agreement that the disabled list’s minimum stay would be reduced to 10 days from 15.
Through 2002, World Series home-field advantage was rotated annually between the two leagues. Following the All-Star Games in 2002, the Commissioner Bud Selig and Fox network promoted its “This Time Its Counts idea.”
That year the All-Star Game ended 7-7 in 11 innings after each of the two teams did not have any pitchers left. Fans booed the final score and Selig.
The commissioner and Fox decided to give incentive to the All-Star Game outcome by making home-field advantage determined by the team that won the midsummer classic.
The change made by Selig was given 100% approval as owners voted 30-0 in favor in January of 2003. At the time, Selig said that fans must pay a great deal to watch the All-Star Game and need to see intensity and drive from those taking part.
In addition, the commissioner said that television pays a great deal to telecast the game and it should not become just a meaningless game with baseball stars.
That was set up as a two-year experiment that was then extended. Under that rule, 11 of the next 14 All-Star Games were won by the American League and of those 11 years the AL had home field advantage an AL team won the World Series eight times.
As part of next year’s changes, a pool of money will be the incentive for players during the All-Star Game.
The change in minimum time for the disabled list gives teams the ability to make decisions quicker on if a roster replacement should be called up from the minors rather that see if the injured player can return in fewer than two weeks.
The new CBA also includes payment schedules for players for possible games in Britain, Asia, Mexico and Latin America, as well as special events that are based in the U.S.