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Old 06-15-2011, 06:24 AM   #3
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The big problem that will have to be overcome with this plan can be summed up with the tag line of UPS's current commercials:

Logistics.

If there are two 15-team leagues, how many times does everyone play each other?

The best I could come up with is that each team plays eight of its 14 same-league rivals nine times, two three-game series in one team's park and one in the other team's park (8 X 9 = 72), the other six same-league opponents 12 times each, two three-game series in each team's park (12 X 6 = 72), and 18 interleague games, presumably consisting of six three-game series (3 X 6 = 18), for 72 + 72 + 18 = 162.

But in that case, "strength of schedule" enters the picture: There would need to be an NFL-style format where the nine-game pairings and/or the interleague pairings (exclusive of the Mets-Yankees, Cubs-White Sox etc. matchups, which would presumably be maintained) are determined by the previous season's standings; otherwise the potential for massive - and no doubt highly controversial - imbalances exist.

But is baseball willing to go for that?
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