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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 6:11 pm 
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With the new baseball commissioner mentioning he is in favor of expansion a while back I'm kind of shocked that the board isn't abuzz about it. I'm going to take a stab here at NFL style realignment with expansion franchises going to Charlotte and San Antonio. Yes, I know that Montreal wants a new team and out west their are options like Portland, Sacramento, and San Jose but I'm going to pass on using them for now since the last two are really only realistic as relocation spots for the A's. In doing this realignment my goal was to keep things as geographic as possible and move as few teams as possible between AL and NL. I think I found a solid way to do it that only swaps two teams that were added in the '90's--Tampa Bay and Colorado.

AL EAST: Boston, NY Yankees, Toronto, Baltimore (only change here is that Tampa moves out)
NL EAST: NY Mets, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittburgh (geographic odd balls Atlanta and Miami move out, Pittsburgh joins some teams with similar geography)

AL NORTH: Cleveland, Detroit, Chi White Sox, Minnesota (old AL Central just loses Kansas City and stays geographically compact)
NL North: Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, St Louis (old NL Central just loses Pittsburgh, still great regional travel among Midwestern teams)

AL WEST: Seattle, Oakland, LA Angels, Colorado (Texas and recent addition Houston leave for new South Division, Colorado moves in but this could just as easily be Arizona, not expanding to Portland leaves Oakland an option if the leave Northern California)
NL WEST: San Francisco, LA Dodgers, San Diego, Arizona (Colorado departs for AL to glance leagues)

AL SOUTH: Kansas City, Texas, Houston, San Antonio expansion team (Kansas City joins a trio of Texas teams for some heated rivalries)
NL SOUTH: Miami, Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Charlotte expansion team (Division rivals Atlanta and Miami are joined by Miami's instate rival and newcomer Charlotte for some heated Southeastern baseball)

Additional thoughts: The only teams making radical moves are the aforementioned Rockies and Tampa Bay but Colorado still stays within a Western region with trips to NorCal and SoCal and Seattle seems to have a similar culture as a fellow hipster haven. The Rays actually achieve some good geography and should be a strong team in that new NL South Group. The Royals and to a lesser extent the Pirates are being asked to make some changes but it's not like the other AL Central Teams were terribly close to them and playing the Texas trio makes for pretty easy travel; Pittsburgh will probably miss the Reds and Cubs but they gain a bunch of games with the Phillies and Nationals and who doesn't like a trip to the Big Apple?

Post Season: Just like the NFL--4 Division Winners plus two wild cards in each League. Top two Division winners get byes and the other two division winners play the wild card teams. Make the Wild Card Series five games with the Division winner hosting games 1-3 and wildcard teams hosting 4-5 if need be (or do 2-2-1, whatever suits you)


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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:44 pm 
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I'd establish an expansion team in Omaha and make the Charlotte Knights an official MLB franchise.

The Omaha team would be placed in the NL Central (moving the Pirates to the NL East, reviving it's old rivalry with the Phillies) and Charlotte would be in the AL.

Then I'd realign the divisions, NFL style like in the above comment.


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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:23 am 
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I'd establish an expansion team in Omaha and make the Charlotte Knights an official MLB franchise.

The Omaha team would be placed in the NL Central (moving the Pirates to the NL East, reviving it's old rivalry with the Phillies) and Charlotte would be in the AL.

Then I'd realign the divisions, NFL style like in the above comment.


Nice variation. Having in mind on how the NFL style realignment would look like with both MLB leagues and their divisions? Looking forward to it.

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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Mon May 15, 2017 3:48 pm 
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Muskie proposes the top 2 division champs in each league get a BYE that could last almost a week.

Rather than that equating to much-needed rest (as in the NFL), I'm thinking those teams would go flat and be eliminated in the 2nd round.

One of the hottest teams of all time was the Colorado Rockies of 2007. They won 21 of 22 (14 of 15 to close the NL season, then won a 1-game playoff, then swept the NLDS in 3, then swept the NLCS in 4).

In the AL, the Red Sox came from 3-1 behind to win the ALDS. That not only took 7 games, but there were a bunch of rain-outs in there.

By the time the Rockies had to gear up to play the World Series, they had been sitting around FOR 8 DAYS, days, and were completely flat. Boston wept them in 4.


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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:35 pm 
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jlog3000 wrote:
IlliniFan04 wrote:
I'd establish an expansion team in Omaha and make the Charlotte Knights an official MLB franchise.

The Omaha team would be placed in the NL Central (moving the Pirates to the NL East, reviving it's old rivalry with the Phillies) and Charlotte would be in the AL.

Then I'd realign the divisions, NFL style like in the above comment.


Nice variation. Having in mind on how the NFL style realignment would look like with both MLB leagues and their divisions? Looking forward to it.


I do in fact. I have it organized like this:

AL WEST: Anaheim, Seattle, Oakland, Colorado

AL SOUTH: Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Charlotte

AL NORTH: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland

AL EAST: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Toronto

NL WEST: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Arizona

NL NORTH: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Omaha

NL SOUTH: Cincinnati, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

NL EAST: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh


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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:50 am 
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IlliniFan04 wrote:
I do in fact. I have it organized like this:

AL WEST: Anaheim, Seattle, Oakland, Colorado

AL SOUTH: Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Charlotte

AL NORTH: Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland

AL EAST: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Toronto

NL WEST: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Arizona

NL NORTH: Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Omaha

NL SOUTH: Cincinnati, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami

NL EAST: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh


Looks very impressive. Can't wait for the schedule format. :)

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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:06 pm 
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So if Omaha and Charlotte are your new teams:

Put Charlotte in NL South with Miami, Tampa, and Atlanta

Move Cincy to NL North with ChiCubs, Milwaukee, and St. Louis

Put Omaha in AL South with KC, Dallas, Houston.

All get more compact.


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 Post subject: Re: baseball realignment
PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:16 pm 
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tute79 wrote:
So if Omaha and Charlotte are your new teams:

Put Charlotte in NL South with Miami, Tampa, and Atlanta

Move Cincy to NL North with ChiCubs, Milwaukee, and St. Louis

Put Omaha in AL South with KC, Dallas, Houston.

All get more compact.


To be fair, that would make more sense, geographic-wise; without a doubt.

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