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MLB Finally Gives World Series Home-Field Advantage To The Best Team

Thanks to a new collective bargaining agreement, the All-Star Game will no longer decide who gets home-field advantage in the World Series.

By Grant Suneson | December 1, 2016

One of the most confusing rules in sports is finally gone.

Major League Baseball is cutting the link between the winning league of the All-Star Game and home field advantage for the World Series. 

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The rule came about after then-Commissioner Bud Selig was booed for letting the 2002 Midsummer Classic end in a tie. Afterward, he and all 30 owners agreed to make the game more meaningful by tying it to the World Series.

But giving the All-Star Game significance in an actual competition seems unfair. Why give one World Series team home-field advantage for something it didn't do?

Last season, the Cubs had the best record in baseball, by far. But the team had to win a decisive game seven in Cleveland because the San Francisco Giants' Johnny Cueto had pitched poorly a few months earlier.

Now, the team with the best record will get home-field advantage, just like other major sports that have a seven-game championship series.

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