Does winning "home field advantage" in the World Series really matter?
How many times have teams that didnt get home field advantage won? tons of times! Its more chance than anything. Even if the team did get home field advantage in the World Series, how does it really matter with the way the current system is set up?
Lets say team A got home field advantage and team B didnt. The series could end in 4, 5, 6 or 7 games.
If the series ends in 4 games (AABB), both teams got the same number of games at their home ballpark
If the series ends in 5 games (AABBB), team B, the team that wasnt supposed to have the advantage just got it since that team got to have more games played in their park
If the series ends in 6 games (AABBBA), both teams get it EQUAL AGAIN!
and finally, if it ends in 7 games (AABBBAA) its the ONLY WAY the team that actually won home field advantage got that advantage! and even if it did go to 7 games the advantage is very slim, if that. 7 game series is RARE! Why should it matter so much which team was supposedly said to get home field advantage when both teams get the same odds of getting it.
and A was supposed to have an advantage? Shouldnt this current system be changed so the team that earned the advantage got it?
- Rich FLv 610 years agoFavorite Answer
Most teams, especially the ones who make it to the postseason, dominate in their home ballpark, so any chance to play more at home potentially helps. You have to go back a lot further than just the seven years of the all star game determining who had home field advantage to see how well the home teams have done. Even a small edge is still an edge, and in baseball, that can make all the difference. Look at the 1991 World Series- all seven games were won by the home team, with the Twins beating the Braves in games 6 and 7.
It's not just the number of games in each park that is the advantage. Suppose you're the American League rep, and you have home field advantage in the series, and you have just won the first two games at home. You go on the road up 2-0, which means that game three will either put you up 3-0, or it will let the National League club back in it at 2-1. The difference between 3-0 and 2-1 is a lot more than just one game. Suppose it's 2-1 now, and game 4 means the difference between tying the series up 2-2 or it being 3-1. See how much of a difference each game means in a short series, and how playing in front of the home crowd can make such a difference?
7 game series aren't really that rare, they just haven't happened that much recently.
- ?Lv 710 years ago
It matters, but not as much as in other sports. In football, for example, each playoff is decided by a single game, and the team with home field advantage has a major advantage due to crowd noise.
In baseball, teams are built to play on their home fields, but the advantage isn't as tangible as in football. Home teams do, however have a better winning percentage than visiting teams.
But in the World Series, there is only a true home field advantage if the series goes to 7 games. Interestingly, since Bud Selig decided that the All Star Game should determine home field advantage, there has not been a single 7 game Series.
Your analysis of home fields is absolutely correct. I would suggest, however, that there is a slight advantage to being the home team. Since the home team plays the first two games of the Series at home, they have a greater chance of getting off to a 2-0 start than the other team does. So it is possible that the team with HFA could gain momentum at the beginning of the series and ride that to a quick victory.
Still, though, I think the effects are overrated.
- SarrafzedehkhoeeLv 710 years ago
Well, in its 7 year history, the World Series has gone Al 4, NL 3. Not much of an advantage. Selig was trying to make the All-Star game important. It isn't. It just isn't.
- shoutatthellamasLv 510 years ago
If NL has home field advantage then the AL pitcher has to bat in four games(if it goes to 7 games) if the AL has home field advantage then the DH is in place for 4 games and pitcher bats in 3 games. So, I would have to say that home field advantage is really an advantage.
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- 10 years ago
How often has the NL had the home field advantage since this started? (all-star game deciding I mean)
How many WS have been won by the NL since?
phillies.... was it in place when st. louis won?
- 10 years ago
If a team is good on the road, it won't matter. It has a lot more to do with travel.
- ChipperLv 510 years ago
I agree. And it seems like many WS end in 5 games.
- 10 years ago
depends on your home crowd. If there are lots and they go crazy for your team it is very important. if there barley anyone it doesn't matter
- 10 years ago
Commissioner-for-life Selig wants you to think it is.