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Two new lineups for MLB

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I devoted the previous 4 Wednesdays to an examination of Main League Baseball’s enlargement choices. A complete of 37 American, Canadian, Caribbean, and Mexican markets have been put beneath the microscope, main me to conclude that Montreal and Charlotte are the easiest decisions.

In case you’re considering reviewing the rankings, observe these hyperlinks to learn concerning the candidates in thirty first via thirty seventh place, twenty first via thirtieth place, eleventh via twentieth place, and first via tenth place.

MLB can be confronted with tough decisions at any time when it lastly launches its enlargement course of — a date that continues to be up within the air — however baseball’s worries received’t be restricted to the collection of its two latest franchises.

There’s additionally the vexing query of how the American and Nationwide Leagues can be restructured to include the newcomers.

The simple reply, after all, could be an allocation of 1 enlargement staff to every league. Montreal could be a logical addition to the Nationwide League, given its 36-year NL historical past with the Expos (1969-2004), who subsequently relocated to Washington. Charlotte would turn out to be the latest member of the American League.

I’ve taken the freedom of naming each enlargement golf equipment, reuniting Montreal with the Expos and tying Charlotte to the nickname of its current minor-league staff, the Knights.

Every 15-team league is presently cut up into three divisions of equal dimension. Sixteen, nevertheless, is cleanly divisible not by three, however by 4. So it’s virtually sure that the post-expansion leagues will comprise 4 divisions apiece.

I’ve taken a stab at a brand new construction under, labeled Plan #1. Every league will identify its divisions after the 4 factors of the compass, and many of the ensuing alignments can be logical and smart.

Not all of them, although. Kansas Metropolis will definitely be displeased about being assigned to the American League West. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are unlikely to be thrilled about being shunted into the Nationwide League South. However in case you transfer the items round on the map, you’ll see that it’s tough to seek out options which are any higher.

That leads me to Plan #2, which eliminates the separate league constructions completely. The 32 groups can be grouped into eight divisions primarily based solely on geography, not prior connections to the AL or NL. (I haven’t bothered to call the divisions, selecting as an alternative to designate them by capital letters. Anyone, I’m positive, can give you an interesting system of nomenclature.)

New intradivisional rivalries can be established, pitting golf equipment which are situated shut to one another, but have been beforehand separated by synthetic league boundaries: Mets-Yankees, Orioles-Nationals, Marlins-Rays, Cubs-White Sox, Royals-Cardinals, and Angels-Dodgers. The enlargement groups can be handed ready-made geographic foes of their very own: Expos-Blue Jays and Knights-Braves.

However different groups may have causes for unhappiness. The long-standing rivalry between the Cardinals and Cubs can be disrupted by Plan #2, as will the matchup between the Padres and Dodgers. These golf equipment will proceed to fulfill in interdivisional play, after all, although the variety of video games will definitely be decreased.

These, as you may see, are a number of of the complications awaiting Rob Manfred and the homeowners of MLB’s 30 present golf equipment, at any time when they lastly enable the enlargement derby to get underway. I envision them enduring tons of of arguments within the years forward.

Better of luck to them as they wade via the method.

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Plan #1

  • AL East Division — Baltimore Orioles, Boston Purple Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays

  • AL South Division — Charlotte Knights, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers

  • AL North Division — Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Guardians, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins

  • AL West Division — Kansas Metropolis Royals, Las Vegas Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners

  • NL East Division — Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

  • NL South Division — Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates

  • NL North Division — Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals

  • NL West Division — Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

Plan #2

  • Division A — Boston Purple Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies

  • Division B — Cleveland Guardians, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays

  • Division C — Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals

  • Division D — Atlanta Braves, Charlotte Knights, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays

  • Division E — Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins

  • Division F — Houston Astros, Kansas Metropolis Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

  • Division G — Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Las Vegas Athletics, San Diego Padres

  • Division H — Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners

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