If the Rangers end up losing the World Series tonight, they can thank Selig. It was his inane idea to tie the home field advantage in the series to the winner of the all-star game. If they had home field advantage like they would have had under the old system, the series would likely be over and they would be celebrating a title.
But like a lot in baseball, the home field has been “Seliged.”
Definition – (1) To screw up something that without intervention would have been much better.
(2) To do things just for the sake of change despite the lack of need for any alternation.
(3) Just being stupid.
It would be bad enough if the Cards were a division winner and got home field with a worse record than the Rangers. But this team fell backwards across the line into the playoffs as a wild card team.
In no other sport does something as stupid as an exhibition game determine home field advantage. What would baseball have done if the 2011 game had ended in a tie like it did several years ago? Knowing Bud, they would have had the first 4.5 innings in St. Lewis then moved to Texas for the last half of the game.
If the brain-trust of baseball is wondering what they can do to improve the respect writers and fans have for their sport, I have a suggestion. Forget this stupid rule. And by the way, don’t let Bud do anything else to “Selig” the sport.
That’s what I think. Tell us what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color
on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.
He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.
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