All-Star Game will no longer decide Series home field
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.