Hey all, hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday night. Saw this interesting story from Buster Olney earlier today and thought it was worth a post. The idea of realignment in baseball is something that has been kicked around, in various forms, for years but now it seems to be gathering at least a little more momentum.
Frankly, I’m all for it. I’ve always thought it was grossly unfair that the teams in the NL Central are vying for an automatic playoff berth with five other teams while the other divisions all have one fewer as competition, and vice versa for the teams in the AL West. I understand the inherent difficulties in having an equal number of teams in each league, but fair is – or should be – fair. Olney says Houston would be an obvious choice to jump from the NL to the AL and that’s makes sense to me; certainly the Cubs and Cardinals aren’t going anywhere.
Going to two 15-team leagues would be weird, there’s no doubt. But if MLB increases the number of playoff teams, as it seems certain to do, then there’s no better time to make a change to a divisional system that’s flawed, too.