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New MLB Alignment?

by Soxheads of the WSI message boards

While much of the talk this offseason has been on contraction, Uncle Bud Selig
seems to think we need radical realignment.  If there is baseball in 2002, and that is a big if, it?ll be interesting to see how Bud will realign if there is contraction.  The most practical plan:

AL East: Same

AL Central: Subtract Minnesota, add Texas

AL West: Subtract Texas, add Arizona

NL East: Subtract Montreal, add Pittsburgh

NL Central: Subtract Pittsburgh

NL West: Subtract Arizona

Now, this isn?t a bad plan, but think how this will further screw up baseball.  Does anyone besides Uncle Bud really want contraction?  I don?t, unless it involves the Cubs.  However, that will not happen, so here is my  plan if there has to be two teams eliminated:

Eliminate the Florida Marlins, and the Anaheim Angels.

Here is how realignment would work.

AL East: Same

AL Central: Same

AL West: Subtract the Angels, add Arizona.

NL East: Subtract the Marlins, add Pittsburgh

NL Central: Subtract Pittsburgh

NL West: Subtract Arizona

Instead of three teams moving divisions, only two would be moved.  In
baseball, less is hopefully more.

Reasons for not eliminating Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Montreal:

Tampa Bay: Still only a franchise a couple of years old.  Give it time.

Minnesota: Won World Series in the last decade.

Montreal: Develops lots of good young talent.

Interleague Play:

Scale it down.  Play two teams every year from the other league and a
home-and-away series with a rival.  Who cares if the Devil Rays are playing
the Brewers?  Make the matchups big name, such as Yankees-Dodgers, and do it once for a couple of years, and you will see that it will help bring more
fans than a Yankees-Montreal series that happens for three years straight.

Unbalanced Schedule:

I like the idea, except for the fact that if your division sucks, you have a
relatively easy schedule compared to an always-competitve division.  Take
the Central Divisions of both leagues. In the Central Division, there was
competition between all the teams.  On any given day in the AL Central,
Detroit could beat Cleveland and Minnesota could lose to Kansas City.  In
the NL Central, the leaders were there because of sub-par competition in
Cincinatti and Pittsburgh.

To a great 2002!:

Happy New Year!  To all you White Sox fans out there, Lets hope that 2002 is
a banner year for our Sox, and that we are celebrating in October!

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