Five Changes That Should Be Made in the MLB: #3

28 06 2010

3.  Divisional Re-Allignment

Yeah, you’re reading that right.  It may be time to really shake up the MLB if a salary cap is not put in place.  It’s getting tiresome seeing the same teams all the time battling for divisional supremacy.  Teams such as the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Angels, Braves, Cardinals, and Phillies just to name a few are backed by owners that have money to dispense at any given time to better their team which then leaves the rest of the league with unsuccessful attempts of clawing their way out of their hole because their owners have to pinch every penny due to a lack of revenue caused by diminishing fan support.

So, if the MLB doesn’t want to implement a salary cap, then maybe it’s time for a little shake-up in the make up of each division to help balance the playing field.

Here’s how the suggested re-allignment would work.

American League and National League East:

Take the Yankees,Mets, Red Sox, Phillies and Braves and put them in the American League East.  The Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles would move to the National League East to join the Nationals and Marlins.

American League and National League Central:

These are the tricky divisions considering that the American League Central has sent three different teams to the post-season over the past 5 years (Tigers, Twins and White Sox)

Keep the Twins, White Sox, and Tigers in the American League and shift Milwaukee, and St. Louis in.  The Royals and Indians would join the Reds, Cubs and Pirates in the National League.

American League and National League West:

In this situation, we could just give California its own division with the Padres, Giants, Athletics, Angels and Dodgers, but, that wouldn’t really be fair to teams other than the Halos and Dodgers.  So, here’s how it could be re-alligned.

The American League West would bring in the Padres, Diamondbacks, Giants, and keep the Athletics and Rangers from the A.L, and would also inherit the Astros as the odd team out from the Central’s restructuring.

In the National League, the Dodgers and Rockies would be joined by the Angels and Mariners.

After the dust settles, this is how the standings would appear.

American League


New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves


Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers

St. Louis Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers


San Diego Padres

Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers

Houston Astros

Oakland Athletics

National League


Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays

Washington Nationals

Florida Marlins

Baltimore Orioles


Kansas City Royals

Cleveland Indians

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates


Los Angeles Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Colorado Rockies

Seattle Mariners

Now, there are thousands of possibilities, and factors to consider, but this is just one way of adjusting the standings.  If there’s no salary cap being talked about, or considered, then this is one of the best solutions to help generate more revenue towards the MLB and organizations with financial troubles.

With a divisional re-allignment, this would now take all the teams who have the big bucks and stick them in divisions where the playing level is no-longer lopsided.  Another solution is to put the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Angels and Cardinals in their own division and watch them beat the hell out of each other, but that wouldn’t be fair… or would it?




2 responses

29 06 2010

I’m more for a salary cap than realignment. I don’t think baseball is better served by having deserving teams miss the playoffs. I hate the way it is now but there is still room for a Tampa or a Chicago Whitesox to play or win a Series. I wish they would do away with inter-league and create more matchups between teams battling it out fo rthe wild card.

29 06 2010

I’m all about the cap as well. The MLB is the only North American sporting organization without some form of cap. Even if the cap was in the range of $100M I’d be satisfied. It’s just a ridiculous monopoly put in place by the Yankees and Red Sox (who are the two teams against the cap)

Without a cap, this would be the next best solution. Throw all the teams who can afford to throw around the kind of money that they do and let them battle each other on a level playing field.

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