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  • Limited, sensible realignment that can be done in the near future

    KC moves to NL Central.

    PIT moves to NL East.

    MIA moves to AL East.

    TOR moves to AL Central.

    This sets up 13 games per year of:

    STL vs. KC in NL Central;
    PHI vs. PIT in NL East;
    TB vs. MIA in AL East;
    TOR vs. DET in AL Central;

    as well as improved attendance for MIA, with NYY and BOS each coming in twice every year.

    I know TOR always wanted to be with NYY because of attendance. However, with the less unbalanced schedule coming next year (just 13 games against each division team), they'd only be losing one home series a year against NYY. And, teams will play some inter-division opponents 7 times instead of 6, and NYY could automatically be one of those teams for TOR. Assuming 4 of those are at home, any financial loss for TOR should be negligible (because, they'll only be getting 6 or 7 at home against NYY anyway). We are talking about only a difference of 2 and no more than 3 games per year.

    Would KC, MIA, or PIT have an issue? I can't see why. MIA now has to pay a DH no matter what league they're in, and while they'd be going up against two empires in the AL East, it's not like they're going all out to win where they are now.

    So much upside, and all that's needed to set it in motion is having KC and MIA switch leagues, but those are two rather peripheral expansion franchises that could realistically play anywhere. And I believe KC actually wanted to make the switch in '98, and MIA was willing in '13.

    What do you think?
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    All teams need to be aligned more closely to geographic opponents with less consideration given to traditional league affiliation. The leagues are no longer independent or even substantive entities. The only argument against it is nostalgia and that's an unpersuasive (if popular) one.

    I love this suggestion because, while a baby step, it's certainly a footstep in the right direction and can be done immediately with minimal disruption. It would also help prove the benefits of the larger concept.
    "It is a simple matter to erect a Hall of Fame, but difficult to select the tenants." -- Ken Smith
    "I am led to suspect that some of the electorate is very dumb." -- Henry P. Edwards
    "You have a Hall of Fame to put people in, not keep people out." -- Brian Kenny
    "There's no such thing as a perfect ballot." -- Jay Jaffe

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      Thanks. I've wanted this change for years. So easy to do, and in addition to all of the above, it would get the AL East and Central more evened out in terms of divisional quality.
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