All-Star Game will no longer de­cide Se­ries home field

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The league that wins base­ball’s All-Star Game no longer will get home-field ad­van­tage in the World Se­ries, which in­stead will go to the pen­nant win­ner with the bet­ter reg­u­lar-sea­son record.

The change was in­cluded in Ma­jor League Base­ball’s ten­ta­tive new col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment and dis­closed Thurs­day to the As­so­ci­ated Press by a per­son fa­mil­iar with the agree­ment.

Other changes in the new agree­ment in­clude:

The min­i­mum stay on the dis­abled list will be re­duced from 15 days to 10.

A player can re­ceive a qual­i­fy­ing of­fer only once in his ca­reer and will have10 days to con­sider it in­stead of seven. De­pend­ing on whether it re­ceives rev­enue shar­ing or pays lux­ury tax, a team that signs a free agent would lose its third-high­est pick, its sec­ond- and fifth-high­est se­lec­tions or its sec­ond-high­est pick.

For a team $40 mil­lion or more in ex­cess of the lux­ury tax thresh­old, its high­est se­lec­tion in the next ama­teur draft will drop 10 places start­ing in 2018. A hard cap on in­ter­na­tional sign­ings. Smoke­less tobacco will be banned for all new play­ers. Each team must hire a chef for its play­ers. Ev­ery player must be pro­vided two seats dur­ing spring train­ing bus trips.

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