ARLINGTON, Texas -- Marlins manager Jack McKeon is not a fan of the All-Star game determining home field advantage in the World Series.
"It's a joke," McKeon said before Saturday's game against Texas at Rangers Ballpark. "To me it is an entertainment for the fan. They want to see the guys they voted in."
National League manager for the 2004 All-Star game in Houston, an honor he earned for leading the Marlins to the 2003 World Series title.
He said the home field advantage reward for the game puts pressure on the manager to win, and the same time he is trying to get as many players in the game as he can. And that is hard with a roster 34.
"I had it easy," McKeon said about the 2004 game, because the American League took a 6-0 lead in the first inning on the way to a 9-4 win, so the pressure was off and was able to get most of the players on his roster in the game.
McKeon said if Major League Baseball wants to keep the home field advantage aspect of them game, they should limit the size of the roster and play it like a real game.
"Let Albert Pujols play eight, nine innings," said McKeon, who retired after the 2005 season and became special advisor to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria before being named interim Marlins manager on June 20 after Edwin Rodriguez resigned unexpectedly.
On the other side, McKeon said home advantage is not that important in the playoffs.
"We didn't have it," McKeon said about 2003, when the Marlins got into the playoffs as a wild card and then went on to beat the Yankees in the World Series. "We were on the road all the time."