Due to the lack of hot stove activity, this post is going to be about realignment in baseball…
Despite the fact that the Astros will be moving to the American League in 2013, baseball still needs realignment. Why are the Astros traveling all the way out west to play their divisional games when KC is equal distance away? Why are the Pirates in the central division when they are farther east than the Braves who play in the NL East? The Rays and the Indians are almost on the same latitude line so shouldn’t they be in the same division? Well all these questions make no sense so as a result let me propose two new leagues in baseball…
Swap teams in the AL and NL. Make the NL have the DH and make the AL not have the DH. As a result there will be major shifts in baseball which will create excitement for all those NL fans who are tired of seeing pitchers bat. Bare with me here as some (meaning one) of the divisional names I originally read on ESPN and other various sports websites.
National League East: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals. WHY? With this new and improved NL East, the Red Sox and Yankees will no longer be spending ridiculous amounts of money on position players that will end up being their DH’s. This new division will also create a very relevant geographical rivalry in the Chesapeake Bay between the Orioles and the Nationals.
National League Central: Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers. WHY? A compact division with intense rivalries. Nobody likes the Tigers so everyone in the division will just be their rivals. The Cubs and White Sox will fight once every couple weeks to claim Chicago as their territory. Brewers and Twins. Well they are just weird teams that are kind of close, BOOM! I just created another geographical rivalry.
National League West: Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Las Vegas Mariners. WHY? Yeah you heard me right relocate the Mariners to Las Vegas. Not only will the MLB earn tons of money because they will be the only big four sport with a team in Vegas, but also NO OTHER TEAM IS CLOSE TO SEATTLE! Don’t get me wrong Seattle is a great city but NOBODY IS CLOSE! (Unless you move a team to Portland, BUT STILL!?) This new division will also create a geographical rivalry between the Mariners and the DBacks and kind of the Rockies while also keeping intact the soon to be big interdivisional Texas rivalry between the Rangers and Astros.
American League East: Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay DEVIL Rays, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves. WHY? The Devil Rays need to make a comeback. Their uniforms were so sick. This new and improved AL East will feature no big geographical rivalries however it does create the opportunity for all these teams to…. Okay here is what happened; I liked all the other divisions so this one kind of just got thrown together with all the leftover teams.
American League Central: St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates. WHY? As of now I personally think that this is the most boring division in baseball; however, this new and improved AL Central includes two big geographical rivalries while also including two of the most historic teams in baseball (Pirates and Cardinals). A showdown between the Cardinals and the Royals would be big for Missouri while the Reds battling the Indians would both be one of the fiercest rivalries while also being one of the least watched rivalries.
American League West/ the California League: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics. WHY? No state other than California has more than two baseball teams in it and since each division will have five teams and California alone has five teams, why not have California be its own division? No matter what the matchup is between these five teams, every divisional matchup will be a rivalry. Also as the season winds down each of these five teams would be working for first and possibly fourth place more than they are now. Why is that? None of these five teams wants to be referred to as the worst team in California because that would be just plain embarrassing.
Well that’s it for now. I realize this will probably never happen however I can dream, can’t I? Hey I am still dreaming about a world without the NBA. Now that would be joy to the world.