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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. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    I just don't see any team leaving that division (NLC) without some resistance. It might be a bad division, but there's decent acrimony among most of the teams, and it's never a lock.

    Even the Astros can rely on some uptick in attendance when the Cubs and Cardinals come to town, saying nothing about the competitive advantage of playing in the division. Certainly the Brewers, the way this team is built, like their chances playing those teams 78 times a year and the regional draw along with it.
  2. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    As Bubbler mentioned a few posts ago, Washington in an NL city with an AL heritage. Not sure though if Aramos would go for that, though.

    Also, 16 teams in one and 14 in the other has worked for 35 years. I wouldn't have a problem with it staying like that. The trouble, though, comes in trying to create a balanced schedule.
  3. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    Because there would be a stronger need for a DH for National League teams. And more games with a DH is bad for baseball.
  4. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    I think I read somewhere (Rob Neyer?) that Houston volunteered itself for the move.
  5. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Interleague play every day dilutes the idea of interleague play, which was sold to the masses on it being condensed into two or three weeks a year.

    IMO, they should ditch the idea entirely.

    This plan is almost as bad as that floated years ago about aligning everything east-west and doing away with the AL and NL.
  6. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Settle all ties with a martini drinking contest between pitching coaches.
  7. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Interleague play has been diluted and it's boring already. Just get rid of it. It was a neat fad for a little while. But today it's passe.
  8. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Hard slotting would be a greater benefit than realigning.

    The logistics of the thing don't work. Baseball needs to learn to live with some of its mistakes. Not all are so easily fixable.
  9. nmmetsfan

    nmmetsfan Active Member

    Yes, interleague play is boring already, but it's a guaranteed gate home run for many teams.
  10. JonnyD

    JonnyD Member

    Hard slotting plus forcing international players into the draft. I have no idea if it could work logistically, but it'd make a huge difference in competitive balance (which isn't that bad to begin with).
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    But, but... ESPN won't be able to show every single Yankees-Mets game! We'll be stuck with only Yankees-Red Sox games!
  12. There's no need to increase the number of interleague games. They would just be distributed throughout the season.
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