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The Mets are doing pretty well considering they've been without Wright and Davis for a long time now. At least they've been fun to watch up to this point. Reyes is just kicking ass and taking names right now.
With the discussion being brought of up realigning baseball with the Astros possibly moving, I took up the task of writing a post about how I would realign the MLB. Here's the final result plus reasons:
Boston Red Sox
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Reasoning: Four of the teams with the biggest payrolls in the MLB along with the Braves who have an intense rivalry with the Mets and could start a rivalry with Boston, who had the Braves before Atlanta.
Tampa Bay Rays
Reasoning: All small market teams, the Orioles and Nationals have a budding rivalry, the Rays and Marlins are geographic pairs, and the Pirates are a geographic fit with Baltimore and Washington.
Reasoning: All geographic fits. Texas and Seattle are already division rivals as are Colorado and Arizona. The Astros and Rangers already posses an in-state rival.
Great Lakes Division
Toronto Blue Jays
Reasoning: Minnesota maintains current division rivals Detroit and Cleveland while Cincinnati and Cleveland maintain their in-state rivalry by having it become a division rival. Detroit and Toronto renew their rivalry that they once had when the Tigers were in the AL East.
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
St. Louis Cardinals
Reasoning: Cardinals, Cubs, and White Sox had to be in the same division. Brewers versus Cubs is becoming a strong rivalry and the Royals are trying to become rivals with the Cardinals. This could be called the National League “Rivals” Division.
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Reasoning: Geographic fits. Angels and Dodgers rivalry, Dodgers and Giants rivalry, Giants and Athletics rivalry, and San Diego being a rival with the Giants and Dodgers.
WAY TOO much change. Having the Astros switching leagues and having to play interleague series constantly throughout the year is radical change enough. That many teams switching leagues would drive fans of the deep end. Also the biggest reason for change is to get rid of the unbalanced schedule and not have divisions.
Yeah, I know my plan is too radical but I don't see how it would drive fans off the deep end. I know that Milwaukee switching divisions in 1998 was off-the-wall at the time. I think radical change is needed in MLB just for competitive balance.
Milwaukee switching leagues was off the wall. And so would the Astros switching leagues. That many teams switching would be way beyond that. I don't think they even need to do as much as what is rumored. They just need to scrap the unbalanced schedule. Apparently the players are pushing it. It's not really fair that the NL central has 6 teams competing for one division spot and the AL west has 4 for the same.