All-Star game: Last link to World Series home-field advantage?
For the ninth consecutive year -- and perhaps the last year -- the league that wins the All-Star game will have home-field advantage in the World Series. The agenda for this year's collective bargaining negotiations include whether to continue to link the All-Star game to the World Series, with the players opposed.
"We're going to be talking about the All-Star game," Michael Weiner, executive director of the players' union, said Monday.
Weiner declined to say any more about the issue on Monday, the day before this year's All-Star game. However, at last year's game in Anaheim, Weiner said there was "strong sentiment" among players that home-field advantage in the World Series should be awarded to the team with the better record in the regular season.
"Any team would love to have home-field advantage in the World Series," Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young said Tuesday.
Young, whose Rangers lost the home-field advantage to the San Francisco Giants last fall because the American League lost the All-Star game last summer, said home-field advantage for the World Series is decided by an exhibition game in which "95% of the guys" will not play in the World Series.
"That's a little tough to explain," he said. "I think there are other ways to do it."
-- Bill Shaikin in Phoenix
Photo: Rangers third baseman Michael Young takes the field for All-Star game practice on Monday at Chase Field in Phoenix. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire