I may make an argument that winning the ALL – Star Game might actually be a bad thing.
Not so much for hosting Game #7, because there has only been one Game #7 since its implementation, however that the fans of the winning club in the ALL – Star Game – have actually seen less home games in the last 10 years.
The odds actually point to the winning team playing fewer home games in the Series.
Since the implementation of the “This Game Will mean something again?” there have been 11 World Series played.
Now while the team winning the ALL – Star Game is 8 – 3 overall in the World Series itself (on the heels of a 4 game winning streak), only 1 team has actually had to use Game #7 for home field advantage. That was the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.
There have been 4 Sweeps, 3 series ended in 5 games, 3 series in 6 games, and only one in 7 games.
In 2003, the Yankees had the best record and they both played 3 games in each others field.
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 & 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 advantageous.
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 Fall Classic at Fenway Park, but what if they had wrapped it up in 5 contests instead of 6?
The All – Star winning team would face yet another year where they played less games in their home park.
So far the 10 winning teams of the ALL – Star Game have hosted just 27 Games, and the losers have hosted 29.
The Winner of The ALL – Star game record is 8 -3 for the World Series – but only one of the Series went to 7.
8 out of the 10 years, the team with the best Record in the World Series, had their League also win the ALL – Star Game.
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.
Their 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 34 – 22 record in the World Series games.
However, they only hosted 24 out of the 50 Games played.
Hey Baseball, even with the AL taking the NL out with a 3 – 0 win last year the game didn’t count because the 2013 World Series didn’t go 7.
In fact, chances are the series will have the winning 2014 |ALL – Star team play less home games than the losing team – and how exactly should that please the eventual league pennant winner?
For those fans thinking that Interleague should decide the home field advantage, the AL has won 10 straight years for the series, and is leading for an 11th year 70 – 60 thus far.
How about a noble concept of the team who has the best record for the year hosting the advantage – and get rid of the 2 – 3 – 2 format and adopt the 3 – 3 – 1 concept.
If you really think about, having 3 game series in each city to kick off a series completely resembles the regular season.
This way if a club that wins the ALL – Star game for an advantage will see it come to fruition, hosts more games if the series goes 4 or 5 games.
Maybe you should go back to the drawing board again on this one again?
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