Major League Baseball and its Players’ Association have come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, right as the previous one was set to expire. That means that baseball will continue it’s streak of labor peace, which was last halted by the 1994 strike. The new deal will run through the end of the 2021 season.
Highlights of the deal include changes to draft pick compensation when signing free agents, as well setting the luxury tax threshold at $195-million, rising to $210 million and then $215 million by the end of the deal. Rumors that the new CBA would allow a 26th player on Major League rosters turned out to be untrue, and the players successfully squashed a proposed international draft.
The biggest change from a fan perspective, though, might be that the All-Star Game will no longer decide which league gets home field advantage in the World Series. That practice started after the 2002 All-Star Game embarrassingly ended in a tie when both teams ran out of pitchers. The league added the stipulation to the All-Star Game in an effort to make it mean something important, but fans often criticize it as a meaningless and stupid way to decide home field.
The World Series home field advantage will now go to the team with the best regular season record. You know, like almost every other sport decides home field advantage for big games. What a concept!