Open Thread: Realignment


I for one welcome the Astros' between innings entertainment to the AL. (Photo Credit: Flickr user AmandaD_TX via Creative Commons license)

Rumors of realignment have popped up over the weekend, focusing on the creation of two 15-team leagues. Let’s get the nuts and bolts of it from Buster Olney (Insider req’d)…

Sources familiar with the discussions to date say the talks are serious, and while one executive believes the odds of change are less than 50-50, another says this is the type of discussion that can gather momentum and become a reality. “It’s really important that the players are behind this,” he said.

There are details to work out, of course. Some on the ownership side would favor a division-less structure — that is to say, 15 teams in each league looking to survive to get to the postseason, in a structure similar to what was in place before 1969 — but some players indicated on Saturday night that the only internal discussions they’ve had center around three divisions of five teams in each league.

The Astros seem to be the obvious candidate to move from the NL over to the AL, taking one team away from the six-team NL Central while adding one to the four-team AL West. Plus it would create a geographic rivalry with the Texas. The problem is that two 15-team leagues would mean that interleague play will take place all year, otherwise one team in each league will be off each night. Apparently the top five teams in each league would make the playoffs, which is great in theory but still isn’t perfect because the schedule will presumably remain imbalanced. I’m not sure I love the idea, but I’m curious to know what everyone thinks.

Anyways, here’s the open thread for the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game has the Reds at the Giants (Volquez vs. Sanchez), plus you’ve also got Game Six of the NBA Finals (8pm ET, ABC). You can also watch Yankees’ second round pick Sam Stafford pitch for Texas against 21st round pick Zach Wilson (he’s a first baseman) and Arizona State (7pm ET, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com). Winner advances to the College World Series. Talk about whatever, go nuts.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. first time lawng time says:

    I think it’s a stupid idea.

  2. YankeesJunkie says:

    I like the idea as long they make the schedules balanced. It is sad teams like Blue Jays and Rays screwed while the Indians, Tigers, and Rangers get to mash poor quality teams.

  3. Brian says:

    I really hope they don’t add another Wild Card. That being said, I would be okay with Houston or Milwaukee moving over to the AL and for the divisions to be scrapped. This way we wouldn’t have to play Toronto/Boston/Tampa/Baltimore eighteen times a year and we could play against more teams/players.

  4. Kevin G. says:

    So this one guy in my fantasy league wants Anibal Sanchez from me. I need outfield help. He’s willing to offer one outfielder not named Granderson (Suzuki, Gardner, Damon, Span or Patterson) and one pitcher (Harang, Marquis, Arrieta, Gee, Clippard, or Holland) for him. Should I just hold on to Anibal?

    • mbonzo says:

      Depends on your needs. Suzuki/Gardner and Jason Marquis would be a sick pickup. I don’t think Sanchez will maintain his 78% LOB, but other than that he’ll probably keep doing what he’s doing. Marquis is a couple tiers drop from Sanchez, but both are risks to fall apart or kick ass. I think Suzuki will come back from his low BABIP too, but Gardner has been looking fantastic.

    • boogie down says:

      Anibal Sanchez potentially being available should at least grab the attention of the other owners in your league. See if there’s someone else who needs pitching help and has a better OF from which you can select.

      Or, see if Sanchez + another player can get you Granderson.

  5. mbonzo says:

    My belief has always been to eliminate divisions and eliminate interleague play. Have every AL team face each other as many equal times as possible. Levels the competition, makes things more fair, and brings more revenue to teams like the Royals who only see the Yankees and Red Sox a few times a year.

    As for splitting the leagues 15-15, rather than move the Astros to the AL, they should create 2 more teams and split it 16-16 so that they don’t have to schedule interleague games throughout the year. But yea, I’m in favor of eliminating divisions.

    • Brian says:

      How about the NL adds a DH? I hate the NL forever for ruining Wang’s career. He was my favorite player.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Why add two more teams. There is no need to do that. Having one smaller league would not be too bad for awhile. I mean if anything two teams could be contracted.

      • mbonzo says:

        I never really entertained the idea of adding 2 teams before, but it would make things more fair, having equal teams in each league (equal shot at the playoffs). If they want to even the leagues, I’d rather see 16-16 than 15-15 because I hate interleague play.

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          It would make it more fair, however I don’t like the idea of adding two teams and 14-16 is better than 16-16 and 14-14.

          • mbonzo says:

            I agree, I don’t mind the 14-16 but if we’re talking about making the leagues even, I don’t see a problem with adding 2 teams. Won’t don’t you like about it?

            • YankeesJunkie says:

              Considering teams like Tampa and Oakland as long as a couple others to a lesser extent that can’t bring the fans that should be relocated before adding more teams.

              • the tenth inning stretch says:


              • mbonzo says:

                I think these teams are far from struggling financially. A better connection of their lower than normal attendance is their crappy stadiums. Probably the worst 2 stadiums left in baseball. The teams not making money are the Mets and Dodgers, and thats because of poor management decisions. Theres a lot of money being made in baseball, even through the financial crisis. I don’t see a reason why they wouldn’t look to add 2 more teams if there is money to be made.

            • Rainbow Connection says:

              There are enough bad players in MLB. We don’t need two more teams full of them.

      • MikeD says:

        MLB is not contracting. The C word gets thrown about usually around CBA time as a threat to the union, but it’s just not going to happen, so I have difficulty taking it seriously.

        MLB is going to expand again, but it’s probably five to ten years out, although if the economics could be worked out and the right markets targeted, I’d be fine with it now. The worldwide talent pool can easily absorb two more teams.

  6. Carl says:

    I don’t think it makes sense. Don’t wanna have to deal with year-round interleague of at least 1 interleague set every 3-4 days.

  7. CMP says:

    If realignment meant moving the Red Sox to the Siberian league I’d be all for it.

  8. Jericho Spade says:

    I just want the AL West to have five teams in it to make the league fair. They can even keep divisions, but make it like the NFL and the same division plays the same teams and the same numbers of times, with a strength of schedule component. AL East should play one division from the NL during the season, rotating every three years.

  9. Kramerica Industries says:


    I apologize if there’s any ignorance on my behalf here, but in regards to the Florida Gators baseball roster, who has a future in the major leagues?

    I don’t follow collegiate ball all too much (never know when the hell it’s on prior to the CWS) but seeing as how they’re the #2 team in the nation, it would stand to reason there are some players with legitimate potential, no?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Nick Maronde (LHRP), Preston Tucker (1B/OF), and Karsten Whitson (RHSP) are the best prospects on the team. Whitson was the ninth overall pick last year that didn’t sign.

      There’s a difference between great college players and great prospects. They have some of the latter, but a ton of the former.

  10. dela g says:

    Plus it would create a geographic rivalry with the Texas.

    No offense, but i’ve heard this used many times and it’s a dumb argument. So why not move the dodgers or the mets or the marlins since they have geographical rivals?

    No one really thinks about that part

  11. Brian says:

    I know everyone hates IL play, but if that means more games against the Nationals and Pirates and less games against Boston and Tampa I’m all for it.

  12. Jimmy McNulty says:

    A few things about the Fangraphs Franchise Draft: I really think that they should do a full 25 rounds and see what happens when these analysts are married to these picks. My list from the last thread:

    Troy Tulowitzki
    Felix Hernandez
    Buster Posey (if the injuries were assured to be limited to this year)
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Joey Votto
    Miguel Cabrera
    Clayton Kershaw
    Evan Longoria
    Albert Pujols
    Jason Heyward
    Ryan Braun
    Brian McCann
    Hanley Ramirez
    Jose Bautista
    Andrew McCutcheon
    Tim Lincecum
    Jay Bruce
    Justin Upton
    Mike Trout
    Roy Halladay
    Justin Verlander
    Robinson Cano
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Bryce Harper
    David Price
    Starlin Castro
    Colby Rasmus
    Matt Kemp
    Jered Weaver
    Mike Stanton

    That’s about a ballpark order. I really think they undervalued pitching at Fangraphs, there’s about ten or eleven pitchers or so that I’d call “aces.” Felix, Doc, Cliff Lee, Lester, Price, Weaver, Sabathia, Greinke, Lincecum, Kershaw, and maybe Haren. There’s other guys like Wainwright if he comes back healthy, JJ if he can stay healthy, and Ubaldo if he can build upon his stellar 2010. Then there’s the guys who are on that next tier like Romero, Hanson, etc. Because of this rarity of truly elite pitching I feel that those who made some odd position players over a true ace, that would likely come back to bite them in the ass when they have to build their pitching.

    A cool idea would be like a 25 round snake draft with all 30 analysts and then have a poll on the fangraphs side and on the SB Nation home page as to who has the best team. I dunno, you guys are probably all too lazy to organize this, which I don’t blame you for, so it’ll probably never happen…but I wonder what will happen in these franchise drafts when people are married to their picks in the first round.

  13. first time lawng time says:

    So I really hope Montero isn’t being traded. I was looking forward to him coming up and being BFFs with Cano. That’d be so cute.

    • Brian says:

      But then Cano will start goofing off again and all the progress he’s made with his maturity will be null and void.

  14. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Also, do we really need the Houston Astros, in general? They gave us Joe Morgan, Roy Oswalt, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, and Cesar CedeƱo. I really don’t think they have anything else left in the tank, now.

    • Xstar7 says:

      You forgot Lance Berkman. The guy is still tearing shit up.

    • Brian says:

      Fun fact: Joe Morgan played for a team called the “Colt .45′s” in 1963-4.

    • Stoneburner says:

      Yes. Houston is a major market. They have also had the likes of Mike Scott and Lance Berkman and a bunch very good relievers in Billy Wagner and Brad Lidge, among others. They also once had a very productive Venezuelan pipeline – that produced today’s game winning starter for the Yankees – Freddy Garcia, along with Johan Santana and Bobby Abreu before they blossomed elsewhere. Carlos Guillen was also developed in the 90s before being shipped with Garcia for Randy Johnson. They have actually gone to a WS – which cannot be said of the Seattle Mariners. They also produced a once iconic stadium with the Astrodome – one way or another – you have heard of it – and that makes noteworthy.

      • MikeD says:

        Most of us are from the NY region, so not only do we not consider Philly a sports town, we do not consider Houston a major market.


  15. first time lawng time says:

    I actually like IL play, because you get a change of scenery. IDK about you guys, but I’m really looking forward to IL play next week, especially because I get to see Wrigley and the GABP,

  16. first time lawng time says:

    I think things should stay the same with the leagues. However, I believe teams should play eachother the same amount of games within each league and that the playoffs should be the best 4 teams in each league.

    Also, HFA should go to the team with the better record;and that includes the WS.

  17. mbonzo says:

    If there were an expansion draft held this offseason what 15 players would you protect from the Yankees’ 40 man roster? I’ve got.

    1. Betances
    2. Brackman
    3. Joba
    4. Hughes
    5. Noesi
    6. Nova
    7. Martin
    8. Cano
    9. Laird
    10. Nunez
    11. Gardner
    12. Granderson
    13. Swisher
    14. Robertson
    15. Mo

    I’m sure I’m missing someone. I don’t think Jeter, Arod, Tex, or Sabathia need to be added. No one wants those contracts. I added Mo, because I think he would have a lot of trade value to teams like the Red Sox, who would probably trade some nice farm chips to shove it in the Yankees faces. I could be outta line though.

    • MikeD says:

      I’d probably have to see the full 40-man. Also, is it only 15 that can be protected in an expansion draft for the first round?

      • mbonzo says:

        Yea, and teams can only select 1 players from a team per round. You add 3 players to protect as the rounds progress.

    • MannyGeee says:

      assuming banuelos & montero not on the lis b/c they are not on the 40m man?

      also, I would likely include ayala right now and sanchez. if the expansion draft were being hlrd today you could take joba & hughes off due to them being on the DL (therefore not active)…

      i think

  18. Steve S. says:

    As a Yankee fan, I look forward to playing the Astros 6 times a year. Should increase the W/L and run differential substantially.

  19. Dino Velvet says:

    if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it.

    ratings, attendance, popularity are so robust, why mess with a current working formula.

  20. Jerome S. says:

    There’s a “National” League LOL WTF?

  21. V says:

    Can I ask a question?

    Why does the Yankees’ front office want to insist that everybody is an idiot? This Montero thing is just the latest. Different beat writers spitting out conflicting information from the FO = someone’s lying.

    • Jerome S. says:

      Yes, the reporters.

      I believe that organizations are generally quiet. “Journalists”, looking to appease their twitterbase, make things up and speculate.

  22. Pat D says:

    By the way, I think this talk of realignment might be premature.

    As much as no one wants to hear it, there’s going to be two expansion teams again at some point.

    The scenario I’ve always envisioned is that they add teams in Portland and Las Vegas. To achieve balance, Portland goes to the AL West, so there’s a team somewhat close to Seattle, and Las Vegas goes to the NL West, as a team somewhat close to both Colorado and Arizona. You move San Diego, who unfortunately sticks out like a sore thumb no matter what, to the AL West, and bump Texas over the AL Central.

    That way you’d have even leagues of 16 teams, both Central divisions would have 6 teams, and there would be more or less even geographical/time zone alignment.

    But, then again, I’m on record as being in favor of an end to divisional play, so who knows?

    • Steve S. says:

      Mexico City has to be a candidate as well. Humongous population (8.8 mil+) with money to spend (top 25% 98K avg mean income). 8th richest city in the world. Only trouble is Soccer is the #1 sport, baseball is there but nowhere near as popular.

      • YankeesJunkie says:

        That would be interesting. I don’t know how much the American players would like living in Mexico though. It is a lot different than say Toronto.

  23. I am for anything that gets us closer to playing a balanced schedule. I think it’s long since been forgotten that the original and the 162 game schedule – the entire baseball season – was considered a ’round-robin’ tournament. [1 team x 9 teams x 18 games = 162] Each team played another team the same number of times. The standings at the end of the season had meaning. The winner of the pennant won the season long tournament.
    I think inter-league play has been a post-strike gimmick that has grown tiresome. I could care less about a game between the Mariners and the Nationals. However, if it will get baseball closer to a fairer, more meaningful regular season, then I’ll be all for it.

  24. the tenth inning stretch says:

    So the Rangers almost got no-hit today and they might be minus a pitcher, Harrison hot hit in the arm by a liner. Feeling a little more positive about the upcoming series with them.

  25. Mike HC says:

    DH for both leagues. Interleague play year round. Balanced schedule. 5-6 playoff teams. That is how I would set it up. I would keep the divisions for the geographical reasons. Keep interest in as many parts of the country as possible, and keep fairness when travel/time zone disadvantages are unequal for each geographical area.

    • Mike HC says:

      I would also shorten the regular season by like 20 games.

      • MikeD says:

        Not going to happen. I have the same reaction to shortening the schedule as I do to contraction. Even if I agree with a certain idea, if I know there’s zero chance of it happening, I just can’t consider it or debate it with any conviction!

        • YankeesJunkie says:

          Why should the season be shorten? It is long and the playoffs are going longer but that is because of MLB’s awful scheduling and not because of the 162 game season.

          • MikeD says:

            I’m not saying the season should be shorter. I’m fine with the 162 game schedule. My point was there is no way MLB is going to shorten the season because it will result in less money to the teams. It’s the same as contraction. Neither will happen, so I can’t get worked up over the discussion.

      • pat says:

        And cut revenue? Not gonna happen.

  26. Steve S. says:

    The AL leaders: 1B: Mark Teixeira, New York; 2B Robinson Cano, New York; 3B Alex Rodriguez, New York; SS Derek Jeter, New York; C Russell Martin, New York, OF Jose Bautista, Toronto; OF Curtis Granderson, New York; DH Michael Young, Rangers.


    Is this the All Star team or a Tuesday night game in the Bronx?

    • CMP says:

      It’s a little surprising because I never really thought Yankee fans were ballot stuffers. Most of the Yankees have huge leads too.

    • Phife Dawg says:

      You can make a case for pretty much the entire Yankee infield (except Jeter) to be in the All Star game.

      • Esteban says:

        To be there, yea, but not necessarily start. Adrian Gonzalez certainly has been better than Teix for sure and based on fWAR, Cano is the 5th best 2nd baseman in the AL.

        • MikeD says:

          As much as I follow WAR and other stats, no way that plays into balloting for an All-Star game, which really is much about star power, marketing etc., no matter what Selig has been trying to do with the stupid “Now it Counts.” It’s glitz. It’s also about hitting. None of those guys are going to beat out Cano because they have nice fielding stats. Even Pedroia is rated ahead of Cano. Nope, they’re not going as starters! I also didn’t realize Cano’s BABIP is down around .280. That should correct some, which is unrelated to the voting.

          As for Texiera vs. Gonzalez. They’re actually very close. Gonzalez is scoring higher on fielding, but since I have no faith in fielding metrics for first base compared to other positions, it’s difficult for me to weight it too heavily. They are both good fielders by reputation.

          • Esteban says:

            It’s close but Gonzalez is batting .341/.392/.584 to Teixeira’s .252/.366/.539. I love Teix, but he really only has Agon beat in HRs.

            As for Cano, he’s third in wRC+ (behind Kendrick and Zobrist) and is really hurt by his relatively low OBP.

        • first time lawng time says:

          Cano is actually the best 2B in the AL.

          • Esteban says:

            I think it’s close between him and Pedroia for ‘best’ 2nd baseman. Despite his low BA, Dustin still has a .375 OBP and has always been a great defender. He’s not hitting for power this year, but he should bounce back. UNLESS, he’s lost a little and those monster hacks he takes aren’t working anymore.

    • MikeD says:

      It’s kind of unusual, because I’ve never really thought Yankee fans stuffed the ballot boxes compared to other teams. I’m surprised the Fenway faithful haven’t been pushing Gonzalez up the ranks.

      In fairness, I would vote for Granderson and A-Rod, and Martin too for most of the season (balloting has been ongoing since April, which is stupid), and is there really any catcher having a great year? Mark Teixeira is not a bad choice. His OPS+ is 146 compared to Adrian Gonzalez at 150. It’s very close. Miguel Cabrera is higher than both, but I’m guessing there might be people witholding votes due to his DUI issues. Not sure I can blame them.

      That leaves really Cano and Jeter. Is there a clear choice above Cano this year? He’s off, but is there someone that we can claim is being screwed here? Jeter is the most obvious one who shouldn’t start based on the year Cabrera is having, but I can’t get too up in arms about it. It’s the All-Star Game. It’s not as if Cabrera has had much of a track record.

      Frankly, we do have a lot of players having good years with the bat, especially when viewed in the context of the league’s overall decline in hitting. Teixeira’s year, while looking less impressive than his best seasons, is actually right on par.

      • Esteban says:

        I have no problem with the ASG being a mix of the best players and superstars who may not currently be the best at their position. That helps to filter out guys who might be having fluky 1st halves. On the other hand, since “THIS TIME IT COUNTS” it should probably be the best players regardless of their star power. Something like who’s had the best 1.5 years.

        tl’dr version: Only tanks should make the ASG.

        • Xstar7 says:

          Can Megatron’s make the all-star game too? It depends on the weather right?

        • MikeD says:

          Pedroia is a gritty soldier.

        • MikeD says:

          BTW I agree o nthe ASG being a mix. I would still vote for Joe Mauer to be the starting catcher (in fact I did when I cast a ballot weeks back) because I believe he is easily the best catcher in the league. I’m not going to hold it against him he started out injuried. The only problem now is he still hasn’t come back, and I’m not sure what’s wrong with him, so now I wouldn’t vote for him.

          Are there any other catcher candidates? Avila is having a solid season. I just can’t take him seriously. If I had a ballot in front of me, I would go more toward one of the young catchers, such as Weiter or Santana since Martin has tanked.

  27. Dallas is shooting threes like crazy. up 12 already, definitely looks like the Heat aren’t going to win.

    • Esteban says:

      Yeah, Dallas looks unbeatable at this point of the game. Still lots of time, but if they keep hitting every shot, it won’t matter what LeBron does.

  28. smurfy says:

    3 10-team geographic divisions. 2 playoff teams from each. I’d be for no DH, but whatever. Shorter season; relaxed playoff timing.

  29. first time lawng time says:

    Wait, so how do we differentiate among tanks, soldiers, and megatrons? What are the qualifying factors?

  30. Guy Montag says:

    Per NBA rules all of those bench players who ran on the floor should be suspended. They cannot run off the bench to an altercation. Phoenix was screwed and the Heat should be too, but they won’t.

  31. Magrone says:

    No need for realignment… and the national league homers and baseball purists will never allow the dh in their precious league.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      I don’t think it is that big of a deal. They should abolish inter league play and it would not even matter except the WS and the ASG.

  32. Guy Montag says:

    And here’s what MLB needs to do- Contract two teams, eliminate all interleague play, and keep the # of playoff teams at 4. They also need to make the division series 7 games.

  33. first time lawng time says:

    Bud Selig has been spewing way too many dumb ideas.

    Let’s riot!

  34. bexarama says:

    can someone link me to the tank/soldier comments?

  35. Alex C. says:

    Sorry but keep interleague play. You think the Mets dont like facing the Yankees??

  36. Esteban says:

    Shouldn’t the Kevin Janes movie where he plays a zookeeper just be called “Paul Blart: Zookeeper”?

    • Pat D says:

      It should be called “I Can’t Believe Someone Greenlit This Movie!”

      But then I remember why it was, and realize the title should really be “Formulaic Movie with Marginally Funny Guy Surrounded by Animals with Celebrity Voices.” Or, more appropriately, “Dr. Dolittle, White Again.”

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Reheated piece of shit.

  37. CMP says:

    What a thing of beauty watching LeBitch James go down like a dog once again.

    Yeah Mavs.

    • MikeD says:

      How the hell did I miss the end of that game? There was five and a half minutes to play. I swear I left the TV for five minutes, figuring I’d come back for at least the final two minutes, and they were giving out the trophy to the winner.

      Oh, well. I’m not really an NBA fan, but did want to catch the end.

  38. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Awesome. As awesome as it would have been to see Cuban take the Rock from Stern and the grimace on Stern’s face as he handed it to him…this was better. PURE class, a GREAT owner for sports. Give this man the Los Angeles Dodgers and let him have his pick from the Bills, Bengals, and Jaguars.

    • MikeD says:

      Cuban missed an opportunity with the Mets. I said it before David Einhorn invested, but Cuban should have went the same route. MLB is a closed community ruled by Selig, and he decides who gets let in and who gets to buy which team. They’re afraid of letting another George Steinbrenner-like personality in the game, so they’ll block Cuban. What he needed to do is exactly what Einhorn is doing. Make a high-profile investment to help the Mets, and then sit back and be quiet. If the Mets’ ownership failed, he’d be in line to buy the team. If the Mets figured out their finances, Cuban would earn points with the Commissioner by showing he’s a good citizen of MLB, and by helping out one of the key big-market teams when they were in trouble. If he didn’t get the Mets, he’d be in line to buy another team.

      Einhorn’s play here is brilliant and Cuban could have done the same thing. Probably even more important to Cuban so he could show he can play in the sand box without kicking sand on the other owners.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      He can have the Bills, as long as he doesn’t move them.

      /Buffalo resident

  39. Dank Weather Forecasts! says:

    Hate this idea so, so much. Can’t believe I’m saying this but Michael Kay was so right today in what he had to say about it. Sucks so much drama out of all the division races in September. Plus, Yankees would not play the Red Sox nearly as much. That sucks because I’m still looking forward to the year when the Yankees go 18/19-0 against them. I’m convinced it will happen eventually. I will celebrate. A lot.

  40. Ivan says:

    Congradulation to Dirk, Kidd and the entire Dallas Mavericks team. NBA Champs.

  41. China Joe says:

    What’s all this noise about someone besides Noesi coming up to start in Bartolo’s spot? Not sure I agree with that.

    If you had to choose someone from the Phelps/Warren/Mitchell trio, who would it be? Personally I don’t want Mitchell starting in the bigs.

  42. Thanks Cinco says:

    What is so horrible about one team being off every night? Far better than interleague play all year long. What’s the point of two leagues then?

    Selig is finally doing something right with this extra wild card. Finally, the wild card team(s) will be punished and first place will mean something again. No more fake races like the Rays and Yanks last September. That was terrible, two teams coasting and pretending to race each other.

    • Thanks Cinco says:

      Not that it would ever mean anything to the scum in Boston but their two World Series wins came as wild card winners. Throw an “*” on those two.

  43. Xstar7 says:

    I was never really cared who ended up winning this year’s finals because I hated both teams that were in it. But I have to say that Dirk and Jason Kidd really deserved this one. And Lebron James is still <<< Michael Jordan

  44. @coffeewithian says:

    The problem with Houston in the AL West is the same problem that Texas currently has:

    The rest of the division is two time zones away.

    Rather than 3 divisions of five teams in each league, I would go back to having two divisions in each league: An East and West. This would result in 7 teams in each AL division and 8 in each NL division, unless there is contraction or expansion to even the leagues.

    Each of MLB’s 4 divisions would have a division champion and a wild card. The wild card would be determined by a play in game between the division’s 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The games would be scheduled as an NFL-style Wild Card Weekend, with one game Friday night, two games Saturday and one Sunday night. Monday would be a rain makeup day with the Division Series starting the following Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The East WCs would play the West Division winners and vice versa.

  45. Pat D says:

    Well, while we’re talking about realignment, let’s have a look at Jim Bowden’s train wreck of an idea:

    I didn’t even read his explanation. As soon as I saw his divisional alignments I knew it sucked.

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