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  • MLB expansion/realignment proposals

    I posted a thread about this sometime back, it hasn't been replied to in a while. I still think MLB needs to go to 32 teams in the near future to eliminate the problem of having to have year-round interleague play.

    Nothing has changed as far as my proposed alignment:

    AL:

    East: Baltimore, Boston, NY Yankees, Toronto
    North: Chicago Sox, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota
    South: Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, Texas
    West: Colorado, LA Angels, Oakland, Seattle

    NL:

    East: NY Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
    North: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, St. Louis
    South: Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Tampa Bay
    West: Arizona, LA Dodgers, San Diego, San Francisco

    The major changes are:
    Colorado and Tampa Bay both switch leagues
    Expansion teams formed in Charlotte and New Orleans
    New South Divisions formed in each league
    Central Divisions renamed North Divisions
    Colorado joins AL West
    Pittsburgh rejoins NL East

    144 intraleague games:

    2 proposals:

    Balanced:
    36 games against each division in own league
    12 games against each division rival
    9 games against all other teams in league

    Division heavy (closer to current format):
    22 games against each division rival
    7 games against 6 of the remaining teams in the league (2 in each division)
    6 games against 6 of the remaining teams in the league (2 in each division)

    18 interleague games:
    Interleague play once again restricted to certain days of the year, 6 games (3 home and road) against natural rival, plus a series against each team in a single division rotating ever year on an 8-year cycle (this means in some years, 3 series against your natural rival, so that each team plays 18 series - 9 each home and road - against their rival, and 2 series each - 1 each home and road - against every other team in the other league).

    With division-heavy intraleague schedule, the division games could be reduced to 54 (18 against each team) to allow an expansion to 30 interleague games which could allow more rivalries.

    Here are the interleague rivalries that would be part of the annual schedule:

    Baltimore-Washington (Beltway Series)
    Boston-Philadelphia (Early American History Clash)
    Chi White Sox-Chi Cubs (Windy City Series)
    Cleveland-Cincinnati (Battle of Ohio)
    Kansas City-St. Louis (I-70 (Show Me) Series)
    LA Angels-LA Dodgers (Freeway Series)
    Minnesota-Milwaukee (I-94 Series)
    NY Yankees-NY Mets (Subway Series)
    Oakland-San Francisco (Bay Bridge Series)
    Seattle-San Diego (Corners of the West Coast Clash)
    Colorado-Arizona (Four Corners Clash) - NEW
    Detroit-Atlanta (The John Smoltz Trade) - NEW
    Houston-Miami (Shared NL membership 1993-2012) - NEW
    New Orleans-Charlotte (Newest teams in MLB) - NEW
    Texas-Tampa Bay (Shared AL membership 1998-) - NEW
    Toronto-Pittsburgh (Playoff Drought Clash) - NEW

    No split rivalries would be part of the schedule

    If interleague play is expanded to 30 games for each team, here are some additional rivalries that might be added to the schedule:

    Baltimore-Philadelphia
    Cleveland-Pittsburgh
    Chi White Sox-Milwaukee
    Chi Cubs-Detroit
    LA Angels-San Francisco
    Oakland-San Diego
    Oakland-LA Dodgers
    LA Angels-San Diego

    Playoffs expand to 6 teams in each league (4 division winners, 2 wild cards) to accommodate the new alignment.

    If you have any thoughts on this, or any other thoughts relating to MLB expansion, post them here.
    The playoffs should expand eventually, but only if MLB itself expands.

    See my blog for more info.

  • #2
    I am not sure if New Orleans would support a team. I would rather see Montreal get a team again.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Muncus Agruncus View Post
      I am not sure if New Orleans would support a team. I would rather see Montreal get a team again.
      You're probably correct about New Orleans not supporting a major league team, they've failed to support minor league teams. I agree that Montreal is a better candidate for an expansion team than New Orleans.

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      • #4
        I would put Houston in back in the NL and put the proposed Charlotte team in the AL South.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Steve Jeltz View Post
          I would put Houston in back in the NL and put the proposed Charlotte team in the AL South.
          And put Milwaukee back in the AL.

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          • #6
            As much as I would love to see New Orleans get a MLB team, it just wouldn't survive. They can barely hold on to the AAA team they have, and their recent asinine name change to "Baby Cakes" probably hasn't helped the cause any.

            I wouldn't mind seeing a return of the Expos to Montreal.
            "Last season, I led this team in ninth-inning doubles in the month of August!" -Jack Eliot

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            • #7
              Supporting the other major sports teams has a lot to do with it too. New Orleans has come a long way as a city since what happened in 2005, and the proof is in the pudding - there's a Super Bowl title to show for it and selling out every Saints home game since the Superdome reopened.
              The playoffs should expand eventually, but only if MLB itself expands.

              See my blog for more info.

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              • #8
                I disagree. New Orleans has not supported the other pro team, the NBA's Hornets/Pelicans. Since the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans for the 2007-2008 NBA season, here are the attendance rankings of the Hornets/Pelicans:

                2007-2008: 26th out of 30 teams
                2008-2009: 19th out of 30
                2009-2010: 25th out of 30
                2010-2011: 26th out of 30
                2011-2012: 15th out of 30
                2012-2013: 29th out of 30
                2013-2014: 21st out of 30
                2014-2015: 24th out of 30
                2015-2016: 24th out of 30
                2016-2017: 22nd out of 30

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                • #9
                  Add Montreal to the NL and put them in the East, put Pittsburgh in the "North" and St. Louis in the "South". Keep Tampa in the AL, move Houston back to the NL and put Charlotte in the AL.

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                  • #10
                    Yuk. Having a "south" etc., not caring about history... reminds me of the NFL.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Steve Jeltz View Post
                      I disagree. New Orleans has not supported the other pro team, the NBA's Hornets/Pelicans. Since the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans for the 2007-2008 NBA season, here are the attendance rankings of the Hornets/Pelicans:

                      2007-2008: 26th out of 30 teams
                      2008-2009: 19th out of 30
                      2009-2010: 25th out of 30
                      2010-2011: 26th out of 30
                      2011-2012: 15th out of 30
                      2012-2013: 29th out of 30
                      2013-2014: 21st out of 30
                      2014-2015: 24th out of 30
                      2015-2016: 24th out of 30
                      2016-2017: 22nd out of 30
                      .
                      late to the thread ...after the recent bumps...

                      .
                      Well . . .they were never dead last. They outdrew multiple teams​ over most of this history.
                      ​​​​​

                      ...tom...

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                      • #12
                        . . . and put the A's back in Philly!

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