Baseball Realignment and Travel Concerns Improved

It is time to expand the number of teams to 32 in Major League Baseball…starting in 2009-10.

  1. Add two teams: New Orleans and Las Vegas.
  2. Move Arizona to the American League, joining Las Vegas in that league.
  3. Both cities have minor league teams – Las Vegas would be a haven for MLB -and both need an economic boost. New Orleans has the opportunity to utilize the Superdome until either: a) a new stadium is built b) The Saints move West c) the hurricane threat is addressed correctly.
  4. LSU College Baseball has been the #1 attendance draw in the NCAA baseball in 2004 and 2005. This reflects the market is present for a successful baseball arena.
  5. Arrange the teams geographically. This develops stronger rivalries.
  6. Inter Division games of 24 apiece x 3 teams equals = 72 games
    Same League games of 6 apiece x 12 teams equals = 72 games
    Intra- league play of 3 games x 4 teams equals – 12 games
    Intra- league play of 6 games x 1 team (same city or geographical rival) = 6 games.
  7. Playoff format:
    5 teams (4 division winners and 1 wild card – with the highest record of 2nd place teams)
    Lowest 2 teams (#4 seed and Wild Card) play best of 3 game series.
    Divisional round: #1 seed versus wildcard winner in best 5 games. #2 -#3 seed play best of 5 games.
    Winners play best of 7 for League Championship.
    7 game World Series – no homefield decided by the ALL Star game. Best Record holds home field.
  8. Due to the rescheduling, series can be longer, and cut down on extra travel. For example, playing 24 games against your rivals means that 4 game series are the norm. Instead of 8 three games sets, now you need only 6-four game tilts. Two less series, less travel. Environmentally friendly
  9. In the league match ups, rotate the home/away from year to year. Six game sets – one week including the off day. This ideally allows for makeup dates, doubleheaders and the rainout date at the end of the trip. This cuts travel by 50%.

Arranging this sort of schedule is easier, cuts out 2-game sets that are wasteful. Also the realignment (not show, but exists in my head) is ideally suited to maximize competitive balance and rivalries.

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3 Responses to Baseball Realignment and Travel Concerns Improved

  1. Anonymous says:

    Taking a crack at the Divisions:AL Easr: Bos, NY, Bal, TBAL South: Tex, KC, Ariz, LVAL North: Tor, Det, Cle, ChiAL West: Min, Sea, Oak, LANL East: NY, Phil, DC, PitNL South: Atl, Fla, NO, HouNL North: Cin, Chi, Mil, StlNL West: Colo, LA, SD, SFI like the natural NL alignments much better.

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  2. Bill says:

    I Love all of the ideas to modify baseball and here is what I came up with as far as a plan. it just seems that about 15 of the teams are dead money and have no chance at the post season.You can review my plan that i sent to Bud Selig and the MLB owners at:http://thefairball.com/2009/06/mlb-realignment-plan/I lobby for divisions based on Payroll and Geogragphy with adding 2 more teams to the playoffs to get a total of 6 per League. Here is how the divisions would lay out to start. Team Payroll avr Rank New York Yankees 1 Boston Red Sox 2 New York Mets 3 Philadelphia Phillies 9 Los Angeles Angels 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 5 Seattle Mariners 7 San Francisco Giants 13 Chicago White Sox 8 Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis Cardinals 11 Houston Astros 14 Atlanta Braves 10 Baltimore Orioles 15 Toronto Blue Jays 16 Detroit Tigers 12 San Diego Padres 17 Arizona Diamondbacks 19 Oakland Athletics 22 Expansion #1 31Portland Minnesota Twins 21 Milwaukee Brewers 23 Texas Rangers 18 Expansion #2 32 San AntonioCleveland Indians 25 Cincinnati Reds 20 Colorado Rockies 24 Kansas City Royals 26 Florida Marlins 29 Tampa Bay Rays 30 Washington Nationals 27 Pittsburgh Pirates 28 This way you would be groped with teams who have like payroll. So you would have 4 division winners and 2 wild cards. Basically the more you spend on payroll that impacts who you play in your division.

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  3. MJ says:

    I don't know that I like have baseball's oldest team (the Braves) in a division where the next oldest team is the Astros. The Braves and Mets are big rivals, so this might be tricky.

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