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Old 12-14-2013, 11:53 AM
 
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I'd like to see the Phillies re-formed so they can get back to the playoffs.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:22 AM
 
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Ideally there would be 2 leagues, with 2 divisions each, and an even (and equal) number of teams in each division. With an equal amount of playoff teams from each division, no wildcards. The fewer teams in the playoffs, the more important the regular season becomes, and traditionally this was the focus (hence so many games).

Fixing this goes hand in hand with scheduling and expansion.
If I were commissioner (for the fun of it) I would try facilitate:

1) Oakland figure out a new ballpark (either Oakland, San Jose, or Sacramento. doesn't matter which)
2) Move the Marlins to Portland
3) Move the Rays to Austin
4) New AL franchise in Charlotte (called the 'Carolina' somethings)
5) New NL franchise in Monterrey, Mexico
6) Houston and Arizona swap leagues

7) Realign
AL East = NYY, BOS, BAL, CAR, CLE, DET, CHW, TOR
NL East = NYM, PHI, WAS, ATL, CIN, PIT, CHC, STL

AL West = MIN, AUS, TEX, ARI, LAA, OAK, SEA, KC
NL West = MIL, COL, HOU, SD, LAD, SF, POR, MON

^^ All the teams line up with their interleague rival except those in Bold which cross the east/west divisions. So Mon-TOR and STL-KC are interleague rivals.

8) play divisional opponents 12 times each, league opponents 6 games each, and five interleague teams 6 games each. Interleague teams matchups rotate each year except the rivals.

9) The 4 division winners and 4 wildcards (2 from each league) get into the playoffs.
So, they're going to be three teams in Texas and none in Florida? And why Portland? And how do you account for the fact Miami just built a stadium for the Marlins?
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:33 PM
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They won 85 games.

The New York Yankees went 89-73. And missed the playoffs.
The Milwaukee Brewers went 91-71. And missed the playoffs.
The Toronto Blue Jays went 96-66. And missed the playoffs.

Frankly, the Twins were an inferior team. They were an embarrassing 29-52 on the road. They had two decent starters, but that's all a team needs to win a seven-game series. They got hot, they got home-field advantage in both the ALCS and the WS, and they won it all.

They were legitimate champions, winning under the rules as they were.

It's important to remember that the World Series champion (like the champion of any postseason) is not necessarily the best team that year - they're just the team that wins the postseason tournament. And that's fine.
That was my whole point. The two division format doesn't guarantee that a "superior" team will win the World Series, at least in this case.

If the 1981 playoff was applied to 1987, this is how it would turn out:

AL:
Detroit Tigers vs Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals.

NL:
St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Mets
San Francisco Giants vs Cincinnati Reds.

if the National League had been aligned in a geographically correct manner(with Atlanta and Cincinnati being in the NL East and Chicago and St. Louis being in the NL West), it would look like this for the NL:

New York Mets vs Montreal Expos
St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco Giants

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Old 12-21-2013, 04:42 PM
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So, they're going to be three teams in Texas and none in Florida? And why Portland? And how do you account for the fact Miami just built a stadium for the Marlins?
I think this was designed around the idea that the Florida teams would have trouble making money.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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IMO possible future = NHL playoff format and less games in the regular season to make it work.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:18 PM
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IMO possible future = NHL playoff format and less games in the regular season to make it work.
I don't know if that would work out. People are used to seeing a game every day.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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I can't see the Players Union agreeing to a doubleheader format like this. And I think owners would resist it due to doubleheaders generally mean less gate (even day/night). Not to mention at least one WC in each league would be a day game, so even TV might not like it.

Personally I see expansion to 32 teams in the not too distant future, and eight divisions of four teams with only the winners advancing - provided the Yankees & RedSox agree.
I would prefer a contraction to 28 teams, 4 divisions of 7 teams with only the winners advancing.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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Go back to 154 games. Have the wild-card round best of 3 or 5 and the divisional round best of 7
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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No way MLB will expand. Remember it was not long ago that they were seriously considering contraction. There is already a dearth of talent at the major league level, another 2 teams would essentially be a AAA squad.
Well, think of it this way, Houston would have someone to beat in the standings.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:59 PM
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No way MLB will expand. Remember it was not long ago that they were seriously considering contraction. There is already a dearth of talent at the major league level, another 2 teams would essentially be a AAA squad.
I don't think it's so much a dearth of talent. I think a big part is about connections. There are probably some very talented baseball players, but either because of connections or geographic residence, alot of scouts won't go there. There is more talent out there. It is a matter of looking for that talent.

And another part is about attracting that talent. The way baseball works, one has to work through the minors. With other sports, the road to alot of money is shorter.
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