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  • Does MLB need to address the divisional setups? Credit to 007

    007 mentioned this on another thread "My main beef with this whole thing is how divisions are aligned in terms of how each division is composed in number...that, however, is a topic for another day..."

    I agree, something needs to be done about how these divisions are set up. Not only that, I'm not going to be a happy camper if the winner of the NL West is under 500 and the Cards finish well above 500, yet they miss the postseason.
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    Major League baseball is happy with its set-up. The goal is not for the best teams to play for the title. The goal is for the most fans to come to the games.
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    • #3
      What's going on in the West is an anomaly. If you don't want the chance of that happening - only solution is go hockey style and seed the entire league as a whole. If you did that you would need to balance the schedule based on the entire league, not on divisions, right?

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      • #4
        It can't be a coincidence that all 5 NL West teams happen to suck during the same season.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chazzz View Post
          What's going on in the West is an anomaly. If you don't want the chance of that happening - only solution is go hockey style and seed the entire league as a whole. If you did that you would need to balance the schedule based on the entire league, not on divisions, right?
          That's what I'd do. Take the top four records from each league.
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          • #6
            What to do

            They should also realign so every division is 5 teams and therefore each league is 15. This would make it easy for matching up NL and AL divisions for interleague play - each team plays each of the teams from that years assigned division. There would just be one interleague matchup at all times during the season, rather than just a 2 or 3 week period.

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            MLB should have forced the Diamondbacks to move to the AL West when they had the power to do so.

            Now the 'easiest' way may be the Royals to the AL West and Milwaukee returning to the AL - in the Central. At least that would solve the 'Where does Ryan Braun play' debate.
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            • #7
              They need to move an NL team to the AL (hey, Pittsburgh) and balance the divisions.

              NL East:
              Atlanta
              Florida
              Philadelphia
              Mets
              Washington

              NL Central:
              St. Louis
              Houston
              Cubs
              Cincinnati
              Milwaukee

              NL West:
              San Diego
              Dodgers
              Arizona
              San Francisco
              Colorado

              AL East:
              Tampa
              Boston
              Yankees
              Toronto
              Baltimore

              AL Central:
              White Sox
              Minnesota
              Pittsburgh
              Detroit
              Cleveland

              AL West:
              Kansas City
              Angels
              Oakland
              Seattle
              Texas

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Maverick View Post
                They need to move an NL team to the AL (hey, Pittsburgh) and balance the divisions.

                NL East:
                Atlanta
                Florida
                Philadelphia
                Mets
                Washington

                NL Central:
                St. Louis
                Houston
                Cubs
                Cincinnati
                Milwaukee

                NL West:
                San Diego
                Dodgers
                Arizona
                San Francisco
                Colorado

                AL East:
                Tampa
                Boston
                Yankees
                Toronto
                Baltimore

                AL Central:
                White Sox
                Minnesota
                Pittsburgh
                Detroit
                Cleveland

                AL West:
                Kansas City
                Angels
                Oakland
                Seattle
                Texas
                Pittsburgh in the AL...holy smokes...they suck enough in the NL.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Maverick View Post
                  They need to move an NL team to the AL (hey, Pittsburgh) and balance the divisions.

                  NL East:
                  Atlanta
                  Florida
                  Philadelphia
                  Mets
                  Washington

                  NL Central:
                  St. Louis
                  Houston
                  Cubs
                  Cincinnati
                  Milwaukee

                  NL West:
                  San Diego
                  Dodgers
                  Arizona
                  San Francisco
                  Colorado

                  AL East:
                  Tampa
                  Boston
                  Yankees
                  Toronto
                  Baltimore

                  AL Central:
                  White Sox
                  Minnesota
                  Pittsburgh
                  Detroit
                  Cleveland

                  AL West:
                  Kansas City
                  Angels
                  Oakland
                  Seattle
                  Texas
                  So, interleague every night or someone always has a night off in each league?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jonas View Post
                    So, interleague every night or someone always has a night off in each league?
                    I'd be interested to experiment with reducing to 154 games and letting teams take a full series off. The bye week for baseball, if you will.

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                    • #11
                      This is what I'd do:

                      Each division would have 5 teams.
                      A team would play the other 4 teams in their division 18 times. I think they should play the most games against their division rivals.

                      A team would play the other 10 teams in the other two divisions 7 times.

                      A team would play against 4 teams from the other league five times.

                      That gives you 162 games. Let someone else worry about off-days and some such.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jonas View Post
                        So, interleague every night or someone always has a night off in each league?
                        I remember asking Hummel about this 2 years ago, and that was his explanation about why it cannot be done.

                        But I think if at least one interleague series, (3 or 4 games, depending on who will be off on the Wednesday before, or the Monday after) could be played each weekend, the other days could be handled.
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                        • #13
                          Can interleague play. That ship has sailed.

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                          • #14
                            It is pretty obviously unfair to have one division with six teams and another with four. But that's life.

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                            • #15
                              The solution is to either contract two teams or add two teams, making each league either 14 or 16 teams, and scrapping interleague play.

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