We go back to 2003 for our story. Major League Baseball owners are meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona trying to rectify a public relations embarrassment at the 2002 all-star game. They decided on January 16, 2003 the best course of action was tweaking the all-star game. It would become more than an exhibition. Starting with the 2003 contest, the league that wins the all-star game will have home field advantage for the World Series.
The move was precipitated by Commissioner Bud Selig being forced to call the previous years game, being played in his hometown of Milwaukee, in the 11th inning with it tied 7-7 because both teams ran out of pitchers.
The thinking now is teams will be playing to win, so their league has home-field-advantage in the next World Series, not just to get everyone in the game. Teams will be urged to save pitchers and other position players for the eventuality of the game going into extra innings.
Fifteen of the previous seventeen World Series champions (before the 2003 rule change) had home-field advantage. The two leagues had been alternating home field advantage since the World Series began in 1903.
The story from January 16, 2003 lated about a dozen years. As of December 2016, the owners changed the home-field-advantage rule again. Starting with the 2017 post-season, home field advantage for the World Series does not go to the league that wins the All-star game. It goes to the World Series team with the best regular season record.
MLB All-Star game
World Series recaps
NOVEMBER 5, 1998 | NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Houston Astros fans are relishing in the team’s first-ever World Series championship. Compare that to what the New York Yankees accomplished on this date in 2009. They won their 27th World Series. Yankees 27 Astros 1.
That’s more than the next three World Series winning teams combined.
It’s more than double the 11 won by the team with the second-most – the St. Louis Cardinals.
But it’s a start – Yankees 27 Astros 1.
Number of World Series won by each team
Postseason results, BASEBALL-REFERENCE.com
Yankees post-season results
OCTOBER 17, 1989 | SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Broadcaster Al Michaels was frantic as ABC lost its signal just before game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. Rain, sometimes snow, has been known to interrupt post-season play. This time the San Francisco earthquake of 1989 brought all activity in Candlestick Park, other than self-preservation, to a screeching halt, because, as Michaels’ said off-camera, “I’ll tell ya what. We’re having an earth…”. He was unable to get out “quake” before he was cut-off.
Millions watching the broadcast saw highlights of the previous game being described by announcer Tim McCarver when all of the sudden the picture sizzled and the broadcast signal was lost.
Candlestick Park, with 62,000 people inside, bent – fans felt the stands move and the light standards sway several feet – but did not break. There was catastrophic damage in other parts of the Bay Area; a section of the double deck Nimitz Freeway collapsed, as did part of the Bay Bridge. There were multiple explosions and fires in the Mission District of San Francisco. Sixty-three deaths and almost 4,000 injuries were reportedly caused by the earthquake.
The World Series, coincidentally involving the two Bay Area teams, was postponed for ten days, because, “I’ll tell ya what… we’re having an earth-“. The A’s eventually swept the Giants in four games.
Oakland A’s post season