Major League Baseball enjoyed a successful All-Star Game with the game decided by a 10th inning home run off the bat of Robinson Cano. However, the outcome of the game no longer has any influence over the World Series in October.
Home field advantage during the Fall Classic is no longer decided by what team wins the All-Star Game but rather by the better winning percentage of the two pennant winners.
Despite the game’s motto being it counts this time, that was attached by MLB when the correlation between the result of the All-Star Game and World Series home field advantage started in 2003, it is unclear if the whole thing really counted that much.
Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig implemented the rule following a 7-7 tie in the 2002 All-Star Game. The tie had been widely criticized with fans complaining the game had reached the point that it did not meaning anything.
Out of the past 14 years since the rule was implemented before being changed this season, 9 teams that had the home field advantage went on to win the World Series.
However, in 10 of the 14 years, the teams that had a better win lose record had the home field advantage nonetheless.
In Game 7s the past 14 years, the home team was 1-2, with St. Louis defeating Texas, but Kansas City lost to San Francisco and Cleveland lost to the Chicago Cubs.
Wade Davis played for the American League in the 2015 and 2016 All Star Game before playing for the Chicago Cubs in the National League in this year’s just concluded All-Star Game.
He said that the manager of the Royals Ned Yost had told players during the 2015 game how important home field advantage would be for an AL club in October. The words came again the following season after Yost and Kansas City lost the Game 7 deciding game to San Francisco.
Coincidently, it was Davis who gave up the game-winning home run to Cano Tuesday night in the 10th inning.
Buster Posey the veteran catcher for the San Francisco Giants and the winner of three World Series said he never liked the rule and was glad MLB changed it.
He added that playing a 162-game regular season should be what decides home field advantage.