IN all honesty, this is LONG overdue. For most of the divisions in baseball, before the season starts we know the 2 or 3 teams that will contend for the division titles. In order to make more teams competitive, the repositioning of the divisions in the MLB is needed. Any major form of realignment is at least 3 years away, around the 2014 season would be my guess. So what would these new divisions looks like? Perhaps something like this…
|AL Northwest||AL North||AL Northeast||NL Central||NL Southeast||NL Northeast|
- No single failure: No team is a sacrificial lamb to the Powers That Be in the current AL/NL East. If they want to have a bidding war over 1 Free Agent, let them.
- 14/16: keeping the even numbers in both divisions removes the need for a constant Interleague series.
- Balance: Look at each of the new divisions… now try and predict which team will win each of the next 10 division titles. Pretty tricky huh?
- Red Sox/Phillies/Yanks: 54 times a year? How can ESPN not like that?!
- Traditional rivalries are broken up, but that might make them more important/exciting.
- Still 1 division that has 6 teams.
- Designated hitter – Should it stay or go?
Whether or not you think I’m a genius or idiot, the fact that the MLB is seriously broken is undeniable. The ability for a small market, small salary team to win on a consistent basis is next to impossible. Until that major problem (along with the salary cap) is fixed, the team(s) with the most money will be the most consistent contender in the World Series for years to come.