Don’t care. Doesn’t matter.Never work. Too radical. Probably won’t happen. Those are words we hear every time someone has a plan for baseball realignment. I wouldn’t want 2010 to end without me presenting some form of realignment to you.
What frosts me now is that all divisions are not equal. They don’t have the same number of teams in them. How is that fair and equitable? Doesn’t the NL Central have six teams (no Pirates jokes allowed here) in its division? Look at the American League West and you find four teams in it. Something fishy about that.
The word radical is always thrown into the mix on discussions about realignment. Traditionalists jump up and down and wave their fist at you and then remind you of the old days of plain ol’ 2 league days. They want no changes. In Selig-land, where the mighty commissioner rules, he doesn’t seem to say much about it.
Let’s take a look at the plan I like. The plan is not new and I did not invent it, however, I am tweaking it for my own purposes.
We go with the eight-team format. In this day and age of travel being costly, this is one way of helping offset some of the cost. My revised plan allows for more geographic rivalries which allows for fans of the other team to travel to see them against their counterparts (think Cubs-White Sox and Cardinals-Royals) as they play each other more often. The eight-team format has proven that a 154 game schedule can work and would be easy to implement.
East League: New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.
Central League: Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers and Indianapolis 500′s.
South League: Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals,Cincinnati Reds, New Orleans Hurricanes.
West League: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.
What I have done is made them almost geographical, added two teams for easy scheduling and easy playoff distribution, lessened travel costs and I will dump the DH (that is the problem, losing jobs) to make this work.
Baseball realignment ideas are always radical.