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Old 10-14-2012, 12:29 AM
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I have looked through all of the baseball seasons from 1969-1993, and one thing I noticed is that there what I would call division discrepancies. One of them is geographic, specifically the National League. The Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds were in the NL West while the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals were in the NL East. I do not understand how that came about, but from a geographical point of view, I see it as incorrect. I think this is what it should look like if we talk in terms of geographic correctness(1969-1992):

NL East
Atlanta Braves
Cincinnati Reds
New York Mets
Montreal Expos
Philadelphia Philles
Pittsburgh Pirates


NL West
Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants


If the geographically correct East-West version was used, alot of playoff matches would have changed. For instance, in 1969, the NLCS was the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. Under geographically correct terms, it would have been the Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets. In 1970, it would have been the Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS instead of Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh.

After MLB was expanded to 28 teams in 1993, that would have been a good year to add three divisions instead of the standard two. If this had been done, this is what it would have looked like.

AL playoff teams: Toronto, Chicago, Texas, New York(Wild Card)
NL playoff teams: Atlanta, St. Louis, San Francisco, Philadelphia(Wild Card)

The Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants would have clinched their divisions. The Texas Rangers would have clinched the AL West for the first time in 1993 and 1996 would have been the second time doing so. The Giants would have clinched the NL West in 1993,instead of waiting until 1997. The White Sox would have clinched the AL Central. The Atlanta Braves would have still clinched a division, the NL East. St. Louis would have clinched the NL Central, and New York would have gone to the playoffs as a Wild Card in 1993, instead of waiting until 1995.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:16 AM
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Why do you think the geographical discrepancies happened?
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:53 PM
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I had to do more thinking. Some teams might have not gone to the World Series if

A) Geographical discrepancies were corrected in the NL East-West format.
B) If thee East-West-Central format was used in 1993.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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Many people wondered why Cincinnati and Atlanta were placed in the West. According to MLB, this was done to balance travel requirements.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:56 AM
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Many people wondered why Cincinnati and Atlanta were placed in the West. According to MLB, this was done to balance travel requirements.
It doesn't make sense to me though. Cincinnati and Atlanta are located further east than Chicago and St. Louis.

Another irony is that the Chicago White Sox played in the Western Division.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:16 PM
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If Cincinnati had played in the NL East, then it would have been to their advantage. It would have also been advantageous to the Dodgers of the 1970s. The 1974 NLCS would have been Cincinnati vs. Los Angeles. The Reds could have gone to the 1974 World Series(or perhaps the Dodgers). The Reds could have gone to the 1973 World Series as well if they had been in the NL East. They would have clinched the East instead of the New York Mets.

The 1970s matchups for the NLCS would have frequently been Cincinnati vs. Los Angeles. We would not only be talking about the Big Red Machine, you would also have the Big Blue Machine as well. And the Big Red Machine would have ran into 1978.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:28 PM
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The Chicago Cubs, being in the NL East from 1969-1993, only went to the NLCS in 1984 and 1989. If they were in the NL West, they would have made it to the NLCS in: 1969 vs. the Mets, 1972 vs. the Pirates, 1984 vs. the Mets, and 1989 vs. the Mets
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:42 PM
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^ In addition, I say that the Chicago Cubs might have made it to the World Series once more. It could have happened in 1984 or 1989.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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Cincinnati and Atlanta are located further east
I wonder if Delta Airlines had anything to do with it.

I think MLB should be re-aligned in the mold of the NFL, but making a division of the western non-California teams would be difficult IMO.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:19 AM
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I wonder if Delta Airlines had anything to do with it.

I think MLB should be re-aligned in the mold of the NFL, but making a division of the western non-California teams would be difficult IMO.
Why would Delta Airlines have anything to do with it?

And MLB being re-aligned like today's NFL would be very difficult for this reason: MLB has 30 teams. NFL has 32 teams, so it can split into 4 divisions per league, with 4 teams each. In order for it to work, MLB has to expand to 32 teams.
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