For Whatever League Wins The 2016 ALL – Star Game: Chances Are Home Field Wont Matter In The World Series Because Of The Dumb 2 – 3 – 2 Format
Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
Yeah I said it… and fully mean it. This is my annual gripe of how the ALL – Star Game winner will likely not play more games at their home park because of the 2 – 3 – 2 format. I am sure that a lot of people hate the fact the Midsummer Classic even determines home field advantage.
I actually don’t think the game meaning something is a bad idea. I guess no one remembers that drab games we suffered from about 1995 – 2002 – where more players would exit the game and hop on a pending flight, than actually stayed?
For the most part, the MLB has made nice changes to the ALL – Star Game. Having the fans only vote on the starters, the players on the reserves, with the managers picking their pitchers. I also like that Catchers can reenter the contest.
As for the league winner of this game and home field advantage for the Fall Classic. You are way more likely to a series go 5 games as opposed to 7. It also baffles me how the team with a home field advantage for a series ever trails in games played at their venue. There will be another follow up article near the playoffs in pertaining to this article.
The MLB should use a 3 – 3 – 1 format instead of the 2 – 3 – 2 as a counter, for this would be ideal to clone what clubs go through in the regular season. Series of 3 are perfect. I understand it is too hard with travel, to use the best series setup of 2 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 1.
Now while the League winning the ALL – Star Game is 9 – 4 overall in the World Series itself, they have actually had to use Game #7 for home field advantage on two occasions. That was the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals and 2014 Kansas City Royals.
There have been 4 Sweeps, 4 series ended in 5 games, 3 series in 6 games, and only two in 7 games.
In 2003, the Yankees had the best record and they both played 3 games in each others field – with the Marlins winning .
In 2004, Each club played 2 games each in their home park.
In 2005, Each club played 2 games each in their home park.
In 2006, Detroit had home advantage – but were split by the Cards in Detroit, before St. Louis swept them in The Show Me State!
In 2007, Boston and Colorado hosted 2 games each.
In 2008, Philadelphia split in Tampa Bay, before sweeping once they arrived back at CBP.
In 2009, both teams hosted 3 games each – and the Yankees Won.
In 2010, San Francisco won the 1st 2 games at AT N T Park – before taking the next 2 of 3 in Texas.
In 2011, the Cards used the home field advantage to take down the Texas Rangers. This would be the only Series in which the home field advantage was completely used and advantagious. The Cards won Games #6 and #7 in St. Louis. The question I have is: Would they have been in this position if the Series were different from a 2 – 3 – 2 system?
In 2012, the Giants swept Detroit and both cities hosted 2 games.
In 2013, the Red Sox won the World Series in 6 games, with each team hosting 3 games.
In 2014, the Royals did have home advantage for the 7th game to the SF Giants, yet still lost. This evened the 7th games played at home at 1 – 1 for the hosts.
In 2015, following another American League win at the ALL – Star Game, KC only played 2 games at Kauffman – compared to 3 at Citi Field in New York in the 5 game series.
So far the 13 winning teams of the ALL – Star Game have hosted just 33 Games, and the losers have hosted 35. The Winner of The ALL – Star game record is 9 – 4 for the World Series – but only two of the Series went to 7 GAMES.
10 out of the 13 years, the team with the best Record in the World Series, had their League also win the ALL – Star Game – so it wouldn’t have mattered much if the MLB focused on won loss record – as it has happened just twice.. In 2013, both the Cardinals and Red Sox had 97 wins.
The only two instances were the 2004 Boston Red Sox had a worse record than the Cards, but were helped by an AL ALL – Star win. In 2011, the Rangers had a better record than the Cards, but the NL won the ALL – Star Game.
There is only a 20% chance that the series will go 7 Games anyway, which means that this game should only matter once every 5 years. The real thing I learned out of this study, is that the home advantage team netted a 39 – 29 record in the World Series games. However, they only hosted 33 out of the 68 Games played.
In fact, chances are the series will have the League that won the ALL – Star Game play one less game than the loser will at home – and how exactly should that please the winning league of tonight’s contest? So MLB…Maybe you should go back to the drawing board again on this one again with the new CBA!
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Posted on July 12, 2016, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2013 ALL - Star Game MLB, 2016 MLB All Star Game, @chuckbooth3024, American league, at n t park, boston red sox, citi field, colorado rockies, kansas city royals, Major League Baseball, miami marlins, miller park, MLB ALL - Star Results, national league, new york mets, new york yankees, petco park, philadelphia phillies, san francisco giants, texas rangers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.