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East is east, West is west - Central may be gone. MLB ponders changes.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DanOregon, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    MLB realignment?

    I'm sure someone has the stats to show how this would impact pennant races, and how many wild cards have won the Series.
    If they do realign, I'd be in favor of going back to the East-West formula. Teams that tend to suck: the Pirates, the Royals, the Astros, the Nationals, would be stuck playing interleague games down the stretch until they make the playoffs.

    I'd put Detroit, Cleveland and the White Sox into the AL East, with the Royals and Twins back to the West.
    Cincy and Pittsburgh would head East in the NL, with the Cards, Cubs and Brewers out West.
    Leaving candidates for switching back to the AL West to the Astros, Rockies and Diamondbacks.

    Of course, they could just add two new teams in maybe Nashville and San Antonio.
  2. JonnyD

    JonnyD Member

    No division means no unbalanced schedule, which means significantly diluted rivalries. Pass.
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    If by "diluted rivalries," you mean not having to put up with 19 Red Sox-Yankees games a year, I'm in. To say nothing of avoiding 19 Nationals-Marlins games a year.
  4. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    How would this even work? Either two teams would always be off or there would be continual interleague play. Both of those are horrible options.
  5. This is so logical that it has no chance of being passed.

    But I like the fact that they're even willing to float a trial balloon and engage in some discussion.
  6. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Check the baseball thread as well. It's been discussed there for a day or so.

    And the talk is a team would over the AL, possibly Houston.
  7. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    What is this going to accomplish?
  8. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    What would be so horrible with one interleague series being played at all times?

    Most of them aren't marquee series anyway. They don't all need to be played at the same time.

    Sure, it means someone is playing an interleague series the last week of he season instead of a division series, but with four of the six divisions currently having 5 teams, there's already a bunch of non division games down the stretch.

    One division having four teams, while another has six should be fixed.

    The Yankees playing the Mets one series every year is stupid. I hate that they have to play two series every year.

    You've go to have teams in the same division playing as close to the same schedule as possible.
  9. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    You can't sell sixth-and-seventh-place teams (Or 14th/15th).

    Leave it the way it is, maybe with some minor tweaking.
  10. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    so, why exactly is Houston - a team that has been in the National League for 50 years - a candidate for getting bumped to the AL and not Milwaukee - a team that was in the AL for 38 years?
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    B, U, D.
  12. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    I'm guessing if the top five made the playoffs the sixth- and seventh-place teams would sell pretty well. Particularly if they were within a couple games of that last playoff berth.
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