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Old 06-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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With MLB kicking around the idea of re-balancing the two leagues and getting rid of divisions, a few questions are asked (and answered) by SC's Adam Russell as to how the structure and competitiveness of baseball will be effected.
I like the division setup and don't think this is needed. Interleague play should remain special and I don't want it to be ordinary. Does anyone want this to happen?
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:47 AM   #2
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Not really. Baseball was fine without divisions until expansion in the 1960s, but now, it would be really tough to keep fans interested in a 5th place team.
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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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Old 06-15-2011, 09:22 AM   #4
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WOnt baseball be better without the Rays, Sox, and Yanks beating up on each other? I think so.....
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i don't think it should change
i enjoy all the rivalries that the divisions have brought about even if 3 of the best teams in all of baseball reside in one division, it at least makes for a lot of very interesting games

interleague should stay as special occasions and not occur as often as it currently does

there needs to be the whole AL v NL feel to things again and why either league is better than the other
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Well this topic is in the news again - sort of:

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slu...ld_card_090711
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:09 PM   #7
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There is a real possibility that Selig will get his way here. He seems to want to even up the leagues again (Houston may move to the AL).
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