MLB All-Star Game Preview: It DOES Matter

July 10, 2012 12:00 AM
MLB All-Star Game Preview: It DOES Matter
By: Zach Finkelstein

" Don’t let anyone fool you: Home-field advantage in baseball does matter.

Baseball players are human. Just like you, they work better in familiar environments. As most fans know, the All-Star Game has determined home-field advantage in the World Series since 2003. In those nine years, the league that won the Midsummer Classic also went on to triumph in two-thirds of the Fall Classics.

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So in a season with two extra playoff teams and a great deal of parity, virtually every franchise has hope heading into the season’s second half. That’s why you should care about Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. The game could affect your team. And we all care about things that affect us, right? So, which league has the edge? Let’s take a look.

AL Catchers: Mike Napoli, TEX; Matt Wieters, BAL; Joe Mauer, MIN.

NL Catchers: Buster Posey, SF; Yadier Molina, STL; Carlos Ruiz, PHI.

The Phillies’ Ruiz might be the best backstop at the All-Star Game, and he isn’t even starting. The AL is not bringing its three top catchers, having selected Mauer over the more productive A.J. Pierzynski "

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