View From The Bleachers

July 18, 2008

What Would You Do?

Filed under: General — Joe Aiello @ 12:34 pm

Boy it’s good to be back. I’ve had a tough week with a death in the family and car related issues and I’m ready for some baseball. I wanted to pick your brain though.

If you were commissioner for a day, what would you do to determine home field advantage for the World Series? Would you keep things the same? Would there be any other changes, in return, to the All Star Game?

I have thought about this a good deal over the last few days as I prepared for the podcast yesterday and I think I’ve narrowed down what I’d do. The first step would be to assign home field advantage to the league that had the better record in the regular season for interleague play. I’m not a big fan of assigning the home field advantage to a league on a rotating basis because it seems arbitrary. At the same time, assigning it based on one game, which is what we currently have in place. Assigning it based on a full season seems to make more sense.

I’ll be back later this evening with scouting reports for the series with Houston. Until then, let’s brainstorm.

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  • archie

    I think that I would give it to the team with the best Regular Season record. They earned it over the course of 162 games.

  • y2kansas

    I’m still trying to grasp why the team with the best record can’t have home field advantage in the World Series. The NBA and NHL give home court/ice advantage to the team with the best record in the playoffs, so why can’t baseball do it?

    In a media session with the BWAA, Commissioner Selig said, “The best record doesn’t work because of the logistics. You can’t say in mid-October we’re going to play in ‘X’ and need 5,000 to 8,000 hotel rooms. The NFL solved that by going to a neutral site, but we don’t want to lose the excitement of the World Series played in the parks of the participants.”

    Wait a minute. There’s something fishy going on here, and it’s not the 2-time World Series Champion Florida Marlins. So, for instance the Yankees and Red Sox are playing in the ALCS and the Cubs and Cardinals are playing in the NLCS, and baseball already knows in what city to reserve rooms for the World Series because the AL won the All-Star game? But, since Selig said you can’t do that in Mid-October, the rooms would already have to be reserved prior to the Championship Series even starting, perhaps even before the playoffs start.

    The conspiracy theorist in me says that MLB already knows who is going to be playing in the World Series long before it actually starts, and is using the All-Star Game “This Time It Counts” thing as a cover-up.

    While I’m sure this isn’t the case the only other explanation I can come up with is that MLB makes their reservations for the 4 cities that make the playoffs from the league that won the All-Star game, and then cancels them as those teams are eliminated. If that is the case, however, would it be that much harder to make reservations for, at the most, 8 cities?

    Coincidentally, since “This Time It Counts” was implemented, the AL holds just a 3-2 Series lead over the NL.

    Perhaps I’m missing something, but to me, the logistics aren’t completely logical.

  • Hernan

    One thing I would look at is giving home-field advantage to the league with the best record in interleague games during that season. However at the end of the day it is tough to argue against the current scheme, as All-Star games are cool again. It’s similar to what happens with the Wild Card, from a pure fairness standpoint, it can be argued that the 4th best team has no right to have a shot at the best team. But, once again, it’s really hard to make a case against 3 pennant chases + the wild card… it’s much more entertaining and keeps more fan bases interested in the season.

  • Dan

    I like the idea of awarding WS home field advantage to the team with the best W-L record during the regular season. They can attach “meaning” to the All-Star game in some other manner. The All-Star game is an exhibition and should be treated as such. Allowing fans to stuff ballot boxes with players from their favorite team, and mandating that each team must be represented by at least one player, are great examples of why it’s an exhibition. Since today’s players earn so much that they may not be motivated to do everything they can to win the All-Star just to take home a $50K bonus, why not give each member of the winning team a very nice collectible instead? Maybe a nice placque including a photo of each team, and autographed by each player? It could also include individual photos of the All-Star game MVP’s and maybe even the winner of the HR Derby.

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