APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start

April AlvarezDec 02, 2016

Major league baseball won't be able to say "it counts" anymore about the annual All-Star game.

That practice, which was adopted after the 2002 All-Star Game ended in a tie, will be replaced in 2017, as the team with the better record will get to host four of the seven games of the World Series.

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For the past 14 seasons, the victor of All-Star Game - which pits players from the National and American League against each other - would secure home-field advantage for its league in the World Series. The All-Star Game was always meant to be on in the background as we did other things, to be watched only when the guy from your team is batting.

It's been that way for the past 14 years.

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The grand experiment to give baseball's all-star game a meaningful payoff is over.

The new rule was part of a new 5-year Collective Bargaining Agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' union that will run through the 2021 season.

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Home-field advantage in the World Series generally rotated between the leagues through 2002. Players will play for a pool of money. It never has. Now, the World Series team that won the most games during the regular season will be rewarded with home-field advantage. The National League has the World Series edge since then, though, winning eight of the last 14. A report by the Associated Press broke the news early Thursday morning (Dec. 1) that changes to the CBA would affect how the All-Star Game and World Series would work for the next five years.

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