By Chandler Guadagnin
The Cubs won 103 games in 2016; however, they did not host last year’s World Series due to the National League falling to the American League in this past All-Star Game. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed to on November 30, 2016, has solved that issue.
The way in which to determine what team hosts the World Series has been a topic of debate for 13 years. The system, in which the team from the League that won the All-Star Game would host the World Series, has been in place beginning in 2003. The previous format was implemented the year after the 2002 Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. Many have suggested that the World Series be played on a neutral site. However, for at least the next five years, Games 1 and 7 of the Fall Classic will be hosted by the team with the best regular season record.
Several argue that the disparity between the competiveness in each League will compromise the integrity of this format. Take for instance, the schedule strength of this year’s World Series teams. The Cleveland Indians, who finished the season 94 and 68, played 57 games against sub-500 teams. Conversely, Chicago played 76 of its 162 games against teams below the “equator”. In inter-league play, the Indians posted a 13-7 mark, while the Cubs went 15 and 5 against the AL.
The tentative agreement is set to expire in 2021.
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