Posted at 10:01 AM on July 12, 2006
by Ben Tesch
There seems to be something about the Rangers and clutch All-Star hitting. Michael Young wins it for the AL with a 2-out 2-run triple in the bottom of the 9th with two outs, one batter after the NL got a lucky bounce on a ground rule double which would have probably tied it anyway. Besides the solo dingers and fawning over David Wright, it seemed like a fairly stale All-Star game: not alot of hits or runs, Mauer with two poor at bats, no Liriano sightings, and all the excitement waited until the very end.
Seeing as the All-Star Game now "counts", the AL now has home field advantage, again. If you were the commish, how would you decide home field advantage? All-Star Game winner? Best team record? Whichever league won the interleague series? Something else?
I think Interleague takes away from the World Series. I like seeing the pitchers hit (or try to most often), but I think overall it takes away from what the world series means.
I also think that as long as the all star starters are voted in by New York and Boston, that the game should not decide home field advantage. Seriously, A Rod an all star? Only in Forbes magazine.
For now I suppose I would go with best record, it just seems the fairest...or possibly whichever league won the last world series would have home field but I feel like there would be some ligit criticism of this plan.
The knock against the "best record overall" route I've heard is that the AL is much more lopsided than the NL (now at least)... for example, at the break the AL has three teams with more than 50 wins, and the NL has only one.