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MLB Realignment...an unconventional approach.

Posted on: July 12, 2011 3:49 pm
 
With potential playoff expansion looming in Major League Baseball, the never ending question of interleague play and the debate over the DH advantage I have come to find that baseball has the weirdest set up of all sports.  First, baseball plays by two sets of rules and expects that when the two leagues meet that there is going to be a fair game either way.  I have read too many articles that claim one is better then the other and it all matters where your favorite team resides as to the flavor of baseball you prefer.  It is stupid.  There shouldn't be two styles and two sets of rules.  There should be one way to play the game.  So please take off your AL or NL colored goggles and think about this for one moment...what if the divisions looked like this????


Division 1
Giants
A's
Angels
Dodgers
Padres

Division 2
Mariners
Diamondbacks
Rockies
Rangers
Astros

Division 3
Brewers
White Sox
Cubs
Twins
Tigers

Division 4
Nationals
Orioles
Pirates
Indians
Reds

Division 5
Marlins
Braves
Rays
Cardinals
Royals

Division 6
Red Sox
Yankees
Mets
Phillies
Blue Jays

Regional grouping of all 30 teams in MLB.  Go ahead and take a look at a map and you will see that the alignment follows a regional grouping.  I know that Division 2 and 5 have some more ground to cover then others but each one of their fan bases backs up to one another.  The biggest winner in this whole situation???  The fans.  Wouldn't it be nice in most cases to only be a few hours drive from each and every game within your division?  See inter-municipal teams like the Cubs and White Sox play more often?  Last the league would have to either adopt one set of rules or go by current interleague rules.  Thing is, over time it would be more fair because traditional NL clubs would have a reason to spend money on a DH type player.  

I know it sounds silly, and it still sounds silly to me...but when you map it out it makes the most sense geographically.
 
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