Rejoice, baseball fans: The All-Star Game no longer affects the World Series

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Finally, one of baseball’s most ridiculous gimmicks is gone. 

The MLB All-Star Game will no longer determine which team gets home-field advantage in the World Series, as it has since 2003. As part of baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, announced Thursday, the team with the better regular season record will have the advantage of playing more home games in the World Series. 

This change is a long time coming. 

For the past 14 seasons, the winner of All-Star Game — which pits players from the National and American League against each other — would secure home-field advantage for its league in the World Series.   Read more…

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The New York Mets think this guy is worth $1 million per home run

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Slugger Yoenis Cespedes just signed a four-year, $110 million extension with the New York Mets. That breaks down to $27.5 million per year, making Cespedes the highest paid outfielder in baseball. 

A couple weeks ago, we calculated just how much Aroldis Champan — the top free agent pitcher available this offseason — is looking to make, per inning and per pitch. An international signee from Cuba, Cespedes was the premier outfielder on the market. 

What does $27.5 million look like over the course of a season?

Cespedes is known for his power, so let’s see how much the Mets value it. He’s averaged 27.4 home runs over his five-year career, meaning he’d make about $1 million every time he knocks one out of the park in the next four years. Read more…

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