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Baseball’s Latest Realignment Plan is A Bad Idea 0

Posted on June 15, 2011 by A.J. Foss

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is considering a proposal that have two 15-team leagues and add two teams to the postseason.

Major League Baseball is reportedly discussing a plan to realign the American and National League, by sending a team from the 16-team National League to the 14-team American League, to even up the two leagues at 15 teams each.

The plan also calls for abolishing all divisions and adding a 5th team to the playoffs in both leagues.

To quote Jeff Goldblum in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, this realignment plan is the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas.

The first issue is how to schedule the regular season. With 15 teams in each league, there would have to be one team that takes a few days off while the other 14 teams in each league play each other in a three-or-four game series.

Yes, the baseball season is a grind, but fans are used to watching their teams playing every day of the week and could easily forgot that their team is on the field playing a game if they had more than one day off. Read the rest of this entry →

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