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Plan for MLB realignment

Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:07 am
 

Has anyone else wondered why there are 30 Major League teams, 6 Divisions, yet not all divisions are made up of conveniently divisible 5 teams??  The AL West has 4 while the NL Central houses 6…..really??  How does this make sense to anyone?  I have an idea for realignment that will balance the divisions and add some intrigue.

 

First, I’d move the Colorado Rockies from the NL West to the AL West.  They would join Seattle, LAoA, Oakland and Texas.  Geographically it works and wouldn’t you agree Coors Field was made for the DH??  Those Blake Street Bombers of the mid-90s (Galarraga, Castilla, Walker, Bichette, Burks) were nothing but DHs anyway….unfortunately they were in the NL!

 

But that leaves the NL West with only 4 teams (SF, SD, LA Dodgers, Arizona).  No problem.  Move Houston from the already- too-crowded NL Central to the NL West.  This move leaves the NL Central with 5 teams (St Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago) and also puts BOTH Texas teams in Western Divisions.  The Astros travel would be no more taxing on them than it already is for the Rangers.

 

Why wouldn’t this work??  It’s not like we’d be killing any great rivalries….I mean, who’s going to miss those Rockies/Padres games in mid-May?  Didn’t think so.

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Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Plan for MLB realignment

I like your idea although I would do it a little different. I would move Kansas City AND Colorado to the AL WEST. Move Seattle to the NL West. The AL West would then have 2 teams (KC and Texas) in the central time zone and 1 (Colorado) in the Mountain. Then move Milwaukee to the AL Central. Texas is getting hosed being in the AL WEST. This would be a fair compromise for everyone.




Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2010 8:11 am
 

Plan for MLB realignment

Hoopdreamz,

I like your idea, it does make a lot of sense.

The reason they have the unbalanced leagues is because of scheduling.  If there were 15 teams in each league you would have an interleague series going on all the time.   Lets say there is a 3 way tie in the American league East with Boston, New York & Tampa Bay.  The last series of the year Boston & New York are playing each other while Tampa Bay has an interleague series with Pittsburgh.  I don't think they want a situation at the end of the year where a team in the other league can influence the outcome of the league.

What they really need is to be able to get to 32 teams and keep it there like in the NFL.  Perfect balance.  You would then have to go to 4 divisions with 4 teams in each division per league.

I have a topic for you also.  I would like to hear your opinion on the DH.

Thanks.


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