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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AL teams to equal NL teams? Great... I think

I always thought it was absurd that the American League had 14 teams while the National League had 16 teams. According to, that might be changing. Apparently the Astros are undergoing a change in management, and will be moved to the AL West. This will result in both leagues having 15 teams as well as 3 divisions of 5 teams each. Everything will be equal. Initially, I thought this was awesome, but now I'm not so sure.

If there are an odd number of teams in each league, then there will need to be inter-league play all year round. The only thing I hate more than the Yankees is having to face them in the regular season (especially more often than the Colorado Rockies or any other team that doesn't play the Yankees). Of course, that's just my example. There will literally be inter-league play all season. This would be terrible.

My proposal? Send one of the NL Central teams to the AL (Astros are fine by me), and eliminate two teams. This would create 28 teams with an even amount in each league (unequal divisions though). I would propose to eliminate 6 teams, but that would cut profit too much and would be unrealistic. Contraction would spread out the talent in MLB better. Let's get rid of the Rays and the Marlins. They cannot support a fan base adequately as it is. If that's unrealistic because Miami is getting a new stadium, then eliminate the Rays, and find another team to eliminate. There are so many possibilities to fix MLB, but they probably will just make it worse.


hk said...

I disagree. If MLB insists, stupidly IMO, on keeping 3 divisions per league, I believe 5 teams in each division will work best. As much as I cannot stand inter-league play, I would rather have it throughout the season, but often only one series at a time, rather than the current way when six times per year, 14 of the 15 series are inter-league ones. For most of the year, I think the one or three inter-league series will be buried among the other 12 or 14 intra-league series and we'll barely notice the inter-league games other than when the Phils are playing an AL team.

Robby Bonfire said...

Just as you have a dimwit, prideful, arrogant labor union which will NEVER allow the contraction of weak-sister franchises (as Bud Selig found out trying to kill the Twins and the Expos, just a few years ago), the brain-dead MLBPA also killed Selig's geographical realignment plan, for no reason other than the ostentatious flexing of its power, and for spite.

So that we will always have the Red Sox and Yankees flying into Orange County, rather than just zipping down to Philadelphia and Atlanta, because that would make too much sense for any professional sports league to be allowed to implement.

Plus, if we did have geographically-aligned divisions, we would not need to have a discussion nor debate on the merits and demerits of inter-league play, as the Yankees and Mets, Cubs and White Sox, Dodgers and Angels, Giants and A's, Cardinals and Royals, Astros and Rangers, Marlins and Rays, Reds and Indians, Orioles and Nationals, etc. - all these natural rivals would be in the same league in the same division.

This would save wear and tear on the players as regards travel and time zone crossings, give the fans a better product, and keep those turnstiles spinning, unless someone wants to take issue with my statement that the Phillies would be a better draw in Baltimore than are the Mariners, on any given day.

So hate inter-league play, if you must, but remember, we got it as a compromise from a labor union that killed the geographical-alignment proposal and which thinks baseball having the Yankees and the Mets in the same division and playing eachother 15- 20 times per year would not work, or would be some kind of union-busting ploy. Right.

God how it must have been painful for fans in New York in the old days to trudge out to the Polo Grounds or Ebbets Field to have to see the Giants and Dodgers play. Yes, indeed, the union really got its pound of flesh, decades later, for that apostasy.

Scott Graham said...

Robby, I'm going to respond to your comment tomorrow when I have more time.


I hate inter-league play in general. I don't hate that it's bunched together. It's a stupid marketing ploy, and it's unfair for a majority of the teams. Additionally, the al has the upper-hand with the dumbest rule in the world, the dh.

Its the principle of inter-league play that i hate, not the fact that I notice it. I guess it's just as simple as you would rather take your time ripping the band-aid off rather than just ripping it off in one shot lol.

hk said...


My point was not to say that I prefer inter-league play over a solely intra-league schedule. Like you, I oppose it. However, if we grudgingly concede that it's here to stay, I am just saying that I'm in favor of an equal number of teams in each league and, if it can't or won't be 28 (via contraction) or 32 (via expansion), I prefer 15 and 15 to the current 16 and 14.

Scott Graham said...

Well I agree with that. I thought that's what I originally posted, but then you said you disagreed.

1) I hate inter-league play.
2) If you make it 15 and 15 then there would need to be inter-league play every series.
3) I'd prefer to knock it down to 28 teams, and you could theoretically eliminate inter-league play (which they won't)

hk said...

Not sure why I started with, "I disagree..." It's probably just my argumentative nature.

Robby Bonfire said...

Interesting business, the fact that the Phillies, on a composite basis, outscored the Cardinals. Of course these short series are match play, not medal play, and it would be difficult to make a case for changing that. The Yankees, as many recall or are at least familiar with, outscored the Pirates by a 2-1 ratio in the 1960 WS, but lost, four games to three.

I do like the way is was when baseball had 12 teams prior to the establishment of the American League in 1901. One 12-team league with a balanced schedule, one team finished the season with the best record and there were no playoffs, everyone went home with the pennant winner being declared the champion of the league. Man, do I like that - a real, not a contrived, championship format, and no reducing of regular season results to ashes in a garbage pail.