Late Wednesday, the MLBPA and the owners were able to avert disaster, preventing any sort of lockout and cementing the 2017 season in place.
Many of the negotiated changes won't be too recognizable to the average baseball fan; caps on international spending don't quite light up the ticker.
However, there's one stark change that should be familiar to baseball fans of all ages: the All-Star Game no longer matters.
Praise the lord. AP is reporting the All-Star Game results won't determine World Series home field. Goes to pennant winner with best record.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 1, 2016
And with that, one of the most unnecessary vestiges of the Bud Selig Era has been removed with a flick of the wrist. And why not?
It's always been an exhibition ever since Carl Hubbell whiffed five straight in the '34 game with his screwball. World Series home field advantage should always go to the pennant winner with the best record; the entire regular season has to matter more than a game where Robinson Cano's son could run on the field at any time.
Quite ironically, in its final season of being in effect, the team with the best record did benefit from the All Star results in the opposite way; the Cubs' loss of home field allowed them to use Kyle Schwarber four times, and win three of those games.
But now, reportedly, this quirk is gone forever. Praise be indeed.