Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mid-Summer Classic

Since 2003, when Bud Selig overreacted to his debacle tie game in Milwaukee, the home field advantage in the World Series has been awarded to the winner of the All-Star game. In those five years, the team with the home field advantage has won the World Series three times and lost twice. So it's not big deal, right? Well, in the 16 World Series leading up to that (1985-2001) the team with the home field advantage was an astonishing 14-2.

Since 1963 there have been 46 All-Star games; 45 if you don't count that one. In that stretch, the National League has had separate winning streaks of 11 games, 8 games, and 3 games. The American League is currently on a 11-game winning streak and had another streak of 6 games. That's 80% of the games which were part of winning streaks of 6 or more. That's wild.

I wonder what Bud Selig was thinking at the end of this one, and whether anything more will be done to alter the game as a result of this near-miss. If Corey Hart's throw would have been about 3 feet to the right, it would have nailed Morneau at the plate and they would have played on. Or would they?

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