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Commish For A Day #11: Realignment II, By Value

Since it is about the money, it’s mildly amazing we made it this far without this suggestion • realignment based on what each franchise is worth.

This is fully acknowledged as the bleatings of a beaten Blue Jays fan trying to rationalize his younger self’s shortsighted team-picking (they were really good in the ’80s, plus I’m Canadian). It seems to be a consensus here that baseball is in need of realignment, but the scenario floated here the other day kept the Jays in the AL East with two-thirds of Mt. YankRaysSox . No disrespect, but that won’t do.

One problem with the three-division format and unbalanced schedule is that it gives some of the franchises, considering their financial clout, a softer road toward contention.

In 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals (ninth in the most recent Forbes MLB Valuation) got in the playoffs with 83 wins. The L.A. Dodgers (fourth) got in with 84 last season. The Seattle Mariners were able to contend in the AL West for most of 2007, even though they weren’t a very good team (as 2008 proved).… Click here to read the rest

Commish For A Day #9: Balanced Schedule, InterLeague

My one move would be to eliminate interleague play. Here are the repercussions of its elimination.
  1. The most pervasive benefit is that it allows the leagues to return to a balanced schedule (or a nearly balanced one).
  2. A balanced schedule removes the advantages some teams may get as they pursue the wild card. Did the Brewers have an easier path to the Wild Card than the Mets since their interleague games were different? I don’t know, but without interleague play and with virtually identical schedules I don’t even have to think about it.
  3. Relatedly, the balanced schedule eliminates the random penalties and benefits brought on by fluctuations in division strength. As things stand now, why should the Orioles face a tougher path to the Wild Card than, say, the Athletics?
  4. The balanced schedule allows teams in a league to benefit from the attendance boost seen when big market teams visit. I’m sure cities like Pittsburgh and Miami would benefit from seeing more of the Dodgers.
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Commish For A Day #8: Realignment

If I was commissioner for a day I would make two new teams. They can be from anywhere but two possibilities that I thought of are Nashville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina. I believe Major League teams could do well in these areas. There would then be 32 teams in the Majors. I would make 16 teams per league with 4 divisions in each league, all with 4 teams. It is one of the worse setups to have a different amount of teams in divisions. For a division to have 4 teams, most to have 5, and another to have 6 is just not fair around the league. This setup would eliminate the wildcard; there would be one winner from each division. Every team then would have a 25% chance to make the playoffs each year.

For a detailed look at what I would do please see the information below:

16 Teams in both leagues divided into two conferences and four divisions per league like listed below:

American League
Conference 1
Division 1

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • New York Yankees
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Toronto Blue Jays

Division 2

  • Chicago White Sox
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Milwaukee Brewers *

Conference 2
Division 3

  • Kansas City Royals
  • Minnesota Twins
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tampa Bay Rays

Division 4

  • Los Angeles Angels
  • Oakland A’s
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Texas Rangers

National League
Conference 1
Division 1

  • New York Mets
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Washington Nationals

Division 2

  • Chicago Cubs
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • St.

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