I've decided I'm the kind of person who doesn't like things the way they are, like, ever. I'm always looking for ways to mess around with what's going on and since baseball is one of those things I think about, often obsessively, I have been messing around with how I would realign MLB. It comes down to this idea, which I think is a great idea and which you will all mostly think is a terrible idea because, internet.
I'd like to see MLB eliminate the leagues. Instead move to three Divisions with 10 teams each. Yes we would have a DH universally. I would then split the teams up thus:
Miami, Tampa, NY Yankees, NY Mets, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Boston, Atlanta
Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Cubs, White Sox, Toronto, Detroit
Houston, Texas, Seattle, Colorado, San Francisco, Oakland, Dodgers, Angels, San Diego, Arizona
The schedule would look like this: Each team would play 11 games against 8 of their Division opponents and 14 games against 1 preset team (in each of the above list those teams are next to each other, e.g. Miami/Tampa etc.). Each team would play one 3 game series against 19 of the teams in other Divisions (alternating home and away each year) and 6 games against one other team from another division (random).
The top 3 teams in each Division would make the playoffs. The team with the 10th best record and not in the playoffs would play the team with the 11th best record not in the playoffs (Wild Cards!) in a one game playoff for the 10th seed. Then the bottom 4 seeds play a three game series to see which 2 teams join the top 6 seeds for the quarterfinal round of 8 (four 5 game series). Semi finals are then 7 game series and on to the World Series.
Edited by Patrick, 26 August 2013 - 03:58 PM.