ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

All-Star Game winner no longer tied to World Series in new MLB deal

Major League Baseball and its players association were prepared to go extra innings but instead agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, with the five-year deal completed only hours before the old one was to expire.

American League manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with his team after defeating the National League July 12 in the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
American League manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with his team after defeating the National League July 12 in the 2016 MLB All Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball and its players association were prepared to go extra innings but instead agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, with the five-year deal completed only hours before the old one was to expire.

For the first time since 2002, the All-Star Game will not determine home field advantage in the World Series. MLB and its players' union added the home field advantage stipulation to the All-Star Game in 2003, and it remained in place ever since.

Thanks to the rule, the American League held home field advantage in 11 of the last 14 World Series.

MLB announced that the sides reached a tentative agreement, pending ratification by both management and the players.

The sides met at a hotel outside Dallas where the MLBPA held its annual executive board meeting.

ADVERTISEMENT

The final hurdle was reportedly the luxury-tax threshold, which jumps to $195 million from $189 million and will gradually increase. Teams that spend way over the threshold could see their tax rate jump to as high as 90 percent.

Also, clubs that sign a premium free agent will not have to yield a first-round draft pick to the team that lost the player. Clubs that exceed the luxury-tax threshold, though, would lose a pick later in the draft.

The two sides also agreed to a smokeless tobacco ban for all incoming big leaguers. The ban does not apply to players who have at least one day of major league service time. Smokeless tobacco was banned in the minor leagues in 1993.

Other key issues, with details to be announced in the coming days or weeks:

• Baseball's domestic-violence policy is expected to change.

• Players who violate the Joint Drug Agreement are expected to face tougher penalties.

• Future schedules could start earlier to allow teams more days off during the regular season

• Playing more day games on getaway days will be discussed.

ADVERTISEMENT

• There is a possibility of games being played outside North America during the regular season. Commissioner Rob Manfred previously said he wants games in London.

Related Topics: BASEBALL
What To Read Next
DICKINSON — The Dickinson Midgets basketball teams fell to Western Dakota Association's powerhouse Century Patriots on Tuesday evening. Both the boys and girls varsity teams struggled to keep up with the Patriots' consistent scoring, falling 100-66 and 67-49 respectively.
Clancy Meyer becomes first female varsity wrestler from Dickinson to win on home mat in inaugural season
The Dawgs scored 51 points from beyond the arc in their away match against Grant County Mott-Regent.
Midgets secure 109-72 blowout win against Watford City at home in record-breaking game