ASG back to fun game

Home field no longer at stake

The Denver Post - - SPORTS | OFF & RUNNING - By Stephen Hawkins and Ron­ald Blum

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 early Thurs­day to The As­so­ci­ated Press by a per­son fa­mil­iar with the agree­ment. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause de­tails of the deal, reached Wed­nes­day evening in Irv­ing, Texas, had not been an­nounced.

Home-field ad­van­tage in the World Se­ries gen­er­ally ro­tated be­tween the leagues through 2002. Base­ball, led by then-Com­mis­sioner Bud Selig, and Fox tele­vi­sion pro­moted the “This Time It Counts” in­no­va­tion af­ter the 2002 All-Star Game in Mil­wau­kee ended in a 7-7, 11-in­ning tie when both teams ran out of pitch­ers. Selig was booed in his own Mil­wau­kee back­yard.

What be­gan as a two-year ex­per­i­ment was ex­tended. The Amer­i­can League won 11 of 14 All-Star Games played un­der the rule, and the AL rep­re­sen­ta­tive won eight World Se­ries in those years.

As part of the changes for next year, play­ers in the Al­lS­tar Game will have the in­cen­tive to play for a pool of money.

Among other de­tails agreed upon:

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

• 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.

• While man­age­ment failed to ob­tain an in­ter­na­tional draft of am­a­teurs re­sid­ing out­side the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, it did get a hard cap on each team’s an­nual bonus pool for those play­ers start­ing at $4.75 mil­lion for the sign­ing pe­riod that be­gins next July 2.

• Smoke­less tobacco will be banned for all new play­ers, those who cur­rently do not have at least one day of ma­jor league ser­vice.

• The reg­u­lar sea­son will ex­pand from 183 days to 187 start­ing in 2018, cre­at­ing four more sched­uled off days. There are ad­di­tional lim­i­ta­tions on the start times of night games on get­away days.

• The min­i­mum salary rises from $507,500 to $535,000 next year, $545,000 in 2018 and $555,000 in 2019, with cost-of-liv­ing in­creases the fol­low­ing two years.

• Cubans un­der 25 will be con­sid­ered am­a­teurs, up from 23.

• Each team must hire a chef for its play­ers.

• Ev­ery player must be pro­vided two bus seats dur­ing spring train­ing trips.

• As part of the drug agree­ment, there will be in­creased test­ing, play­ers will not be cred­ited with ma­jor league ser­vice time dur­ing sus­pen­sions, and biomarker test­ing for HGH will be­gin next year.

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