Many Cubs fans believe the team is cursed by a billy goat, but if the 108 year championship drought continues this year, they should start directing their anger at Major League Baseball for the idiotic way they decide home-field advantage in the World Series.
While home-field advantage can have varying degrees of importance in each sport, in baseball, the team that wins Game 1 has won 12 of the last 13 World Series. It matters.
The Cubs won 10 more games than the Indians in the regular season, which in the NBA would give them the advantage. Makes sense.
Both World Series teams, statistically, are considerably better at home than on the road. Cleveland is hitting .288 at home, as opposed to .236 on the road. The Cubs team ERA at home is 2.72, compared to 3.60 on the road.
Major League Baseball doesn’t want to hear all of this logical reasoning. It decides home-field advantage for World Series based on who wins an exhibition game, not for what a team does over the course of a tortuous 162 game regular season.
This, thanks to former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s massive overreaction to reward the winner of the All-Star Game with World Series home-field advantage after a meaningless tie in the 2002 exhibition.
Seems logical. If you find a fly in your house, don’t get a fly swatter, go grab a bazooka and blow the whole damn thing up.
Today, Colin put into context just how ridiculous Major League Baseball’s method of deciding home-field advantage is.
“Think about this, because a pitcher for San Francisco, against a batter from Kansas City, gave up a home run in a random city, San Diego, the Cubs were punished. That would be like you getting audited by the IRS, because a guy in San Antonio lost a hand of poker to a guy from Baltimore, while in Vegas.”
MLB previously alternated home field each year, which is also ludicrous, but doesn’t quite have the schticky, XFL feel of the current system.
What’s wrong with rewarding the teams playing in the sport’s championship for what they’ve done on the field to get to that point? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. MLB’s slogan for the All-Star game is “This game matters.” Yeah, and it stinks.
Here’s the full 2002 All-Star Game, which started all the madness.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 26, 2016