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How Big is the Home Field Advantage in the World Series?


Since the 7-7 tie at the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee, the winner of the Summer Classic has been awarded home field advantage for the World Series. So the fans decide the players of the teams that play for the advantage in the biggest series of the year. But how big of an advantage is it?

Let’s take a look at how the home and visiting teams have done over the course of time.

The current format of 2-3-2 started in 1924, with the exception of three years. In 1943 and 1944, the World Series used a 3-4 format due to World War II travel restrictions. And in 1994, there was no World Series due to the strike.¬†Over those 85 World Series the team with the home field advantage have won 50 times. That is just 58.8% of the time. That may not seem like a huge advantage, and mathematically this might be a small sample size, but if I’m in the series I’ll take any advantage I can get.

However, if we look at more recent trends, the team with home field advantage has won 24 times since 1981. That is 31 World Series and a rate of 77.4%. Perhaps when MLB decided to give the winner the home field, they were looking at recent trends.

You might be thinking, well it only matters if they go to a Game 7. While I would disagree that it is more than that, let’s take a look at how teams have done in Game 7’s.

Since 1924 the World Series has gone to a Game 7 a total of 24 times. The team with the home field advantage has a record of 18-16. There was a huge shift in this trend since 1980. Prior to that year, the home team went 9-16 in Game 7’s. Since, they have gone 9-0.

While trends will change from time to time, the current trend leans heavily on the home team.

But what has happened since the change after the 2002 All-Star Game? The home team has gone 7-3 and won the only Game 7 that has been played since then.

So does having home field really give a team the advantage? I’ll leave that for you to decide. It may not be as big as people think, but I do think there is something to it in the end. There are so many outside factors that go into each series that will determine the winner. The home field is just one of those many factors.

Should the fans vote in the All-Star players to determine who gets home field advantage? That’s another story for another day that we will look at soon, but I’d love to hear what you think.

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2009 World Series A Star-Studded Affair


UNITED STATES – The 2009 MLB World Series kicked off on Wednesday with a star-studded cast of celebrities on and off the field at the Bronx Bombers $1.5 billion palace, Yankee Stadium.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama teamed with Jill Biden, the wife of vice president Joe Biden, to participated in the pregame ceremonies to honor U.S. war veterans.

Fans entering the deluxe Legends Suite entrance found metal detectors awaiting them, while snipers were posted on top of the video board in center field and trench-coat clad Secret Service agents lined the front rows during warmups.

A bevy of Hollywood celebrities and other high-profile VIPs took the opening game of the fall classic to another level. Kate Hudson and Minka Kelly (pictured), girlfriends of Yankees’ infielders Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, added sparkle to the glitzy event.

Hudson, cheering on A-Rod, was sitting with her mother Goldie Hawn’s longtime companion Kurt Russell. Kelly, best known for her work in “Friday Night Lights,” was rooting for the Yankee captain in his private suite.

Other well-known celebrities in attendance included Alec Baldwin, Matthew McConaughey, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier, ex-Homeland Security head Tom Ridge and movie directors Spike Lee and Steven Spielberg.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a fixture at Yankees games since the championship run during the 1990s, was in his front row seat next to the Yankees dugout along the first-base line.

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2009 World Series Opens Tonight


UNITED STATES – The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies will both be chasing history when Gane 1 of the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series gets underway Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bronx Bombers will be seeking an unprecedented 27th World Series title and the “best team money can buy” will enter the Fall Classic as the favorites. However, the reigning MLB champion Phillies is also an impressive squad.

Philadelphia will try to become the first back-to-back champion from the National League since the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine teams in 1975-76. The Phillies also travelled to Yankee Stadium earlier this season and took two of three games against the American League powerhouse.

Both teams feature star-studded lineups with the big-budget Yankees trotting out mega-stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia. The Phillies, with Ryan Howard (pictured), Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, are also not lacking in superstars.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS:

CATCHER:
Jorge Posada, Yankees
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies

FIRST BASEMAN:
Mark Teixeira, Yankees
Ryan Howard, Phillies

SECOND BASEMAN:
Robinson Cano, Yankees
Chase Utley, Phillies

SHORTSTOP:
Derek Jeter, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies

THIRD BASE:
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
Pedro Feliz

LEFT-FIELDER:
Johnny Damon, Yankees
Raul Ibanez, Phillies

CENTER-FIELDER:
Melky Cabrera, Yankees
Shane Victorino, Phillies

RIGHT-FIELDER:
Nick Swisher, Yankees
Jayson Werth, Phillie

2009 WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE:

Game 1: Philadelphia at New York, Oct. 28
Game 2: Philadelphia at New York, Oct. 29
Game 3: New York at Philadelphia, Oct. 31
Game 4: New York at Philadelphia, Nov. 1
Game 5: New York at Philadelphia, Nov. 2*
Game 6: Philadelphia at New York, Nov. 4*
Game 7: Philadelphia at New York, Nov. 5*

* If necessary

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2009 World Series To Be A Global Event


UNITED STATES – Major League Baseball’s World Series is truly becoming a global event.

This year’s postseason already has 50 television and radio partners in 15 languages across 233 countries and territories around the globe.

MLB International announced recently that it has inked deals with three more broadcast partners in China – raising the total to five – that will air the 2009 Fall Classic to more than 250 million potential viewers across Beijing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

“The tremendous passion for baseball all across the globe is demonstrated by the interest in Major League Baseball games, especially the World Series,” said Paul Archey, senior vice president of international business operations for Major League Baseball, in a press release.

“MLB is committed to baseball’s continued development and exposure, and we are extremely excited about our extended reach in China, as well as our partnerships with broadcasters around the world.”

Photo courtesy of buhaykorea.com

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