The MLB All-Star Game has been in the news this week. Starting next year, the winning team will not determine who gets home-field advantage during the World Series. Instead, home-field advantage will now go to the team with the better record. That’s the way it should be, and I hope it stays like this for a long time.
It was the 2002 All-Star Game that made baseball officials change the rule in the first place. The game ended up going into the 11th inning, and both teams ran out of available pitchers. Eventually they came to the decision to allow the game to end in a 7-7 tie. Fans were in an uproar. In order to prevent future ties, they decided that someone would have to win the game. That winner would then decide who got home-field advantage for the fall classic. It remained this way from 2003 to 2016. Before all of this, home-field advantage for the World Series alternated between leagues from year to year.
Pictured above is the pin members of the press received while attending the All-Star Game in 2002. The top of the pin has a separating roof that you can actually pull apart just like the real roof at Miller Park. Press pins can be expensive, but this one is quite affordable. You can easily own this pin for under $20.
Personally, I think MLB overreacted in 2002.