Worst Rule In Baseball [NoeBrainer]
I love baseball but there are several regrettable things about the sport. This is the most regrettable aspect of a great game.
Awarding home-field advantage to the winning league of the All-Star Game is straight-up stupid. The NBA has it figured out. Home-court advantage is awarded to the team with the better regular-season record. It doesn't go to the winning conference of the All-Star Game.
The Western Conference won the 2011 NBA All-Star Game 148-143, yet Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks didn't enjoy home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. LeBron James and the Miami Heat had a better record. They enjoyed home-court advantage because they actually earned it. That's a system that makes sense.
The Texas Rangers won 96 games in 2011 while the St. Louis Cardinals won 90. However, the Cardinals have home-field advantage for the World Series because the National League won the 2011 MLB All-Star Game 5-1. Stupid. The Cardinals enjoyed home-field advantage in a 3-2, Game 1 win against the Rangers.
The Redbirds didn't win the game just because they were in St. Louis. The Cards also might have won Game 1 if it were played in Texas. Who knows? But I do know this; the game should've been played in Texas because the Rangers won more games than the Cardinals in the regular season.
Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY. Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” on WTMM each weekday from 1-3pm ET.