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Old 01-07-2014, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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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?
Yes, because Texas will support MLB and Florida will not. Concerning the new stadium for the Marlins, that must be a silly dream that I won't remember after I wake up.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:54 AM
 
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Well, you take Tampa out of a 4-team AL East and let the remaining fools spend themselves to death!

I'd suggest:
AL East: BAL, BOS, NYY, TOR
AL Central: CHI, CLE, DET, MIN
AL Southwest: COL, HOU, KC, TEX (if anyplace needs a DH, it's Colorado!)
AL Pacific: LAA, OAK, SEA, POR (Portland - new)

NL East: NYM, PHI, PIT, WAS
NL South: ATL, CHR (Charlotte - new, although could be Nashville), MIA, TB
NL Central: CHC, CIN, MIL, STL
NL Pacific: AZ, LAD, SD, SF

So you switch leagues with Colorado and Tampa (moving Tampa to other side of the Bay in doing so), add Portland and Charlotte. You could have option of moving Tampa to San Antonio and keeping them in NL South as well. You give the AL all of the PNW and the NL all of Florida.
I saved a note about this alignment, and the more I go back and look at it the more I realize this is probably the most ideal and realistic solution I've seen.

Carolina could basically be any south eastern area but I think Charlotte or somewhere in the Raleigh/Durham area makes the most sense. And overall it is so nicely balanced. You gotta figure eventually TB or Miami (or both) will lose their teams, though, and I just wonder if this nice alignment could be maintained by keeping their relocations relatively close. Maybe, if something like this alignment happened in the next 5-10 years, a relocation of one of the Florida teams to the Dominican Republic, or Puerto Rico could be viable shortly after. Or like you said San Antonio (or Austin) wouldn't mess up the geographies too much.
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:32 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'd prefer to see playoff reform based on win difference between the teams (excludes world series).

If teams are less than 5 wins apart, better record gets 4 of 7 home games.
If 5-9 games, better rec = 5 home games. (4th and 5th at lower seed)
If 10+, better record gets 6 home games. (4th at lower seed).

That would IMO increase interest at year end, in event division is won, seeding is set, to "run up" the record. It also would raise the bar for the team hitting the playoffs with a mediocre record.
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:45 PM
Status: "I hate living in Georgia!!" (set 9 days ago)
 
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I'd prefer to see playoff reform based on win difference between the teams (excludes world series).

If teams are less than 5 wins apart, better record gets 4 of 7 home games.
If 5-9 games, better rec = 5 home games. (4th and 5th at lower seed)
If 10+, better record gets 6 home games. (4th at lower seed).

That would IMO increase interest at year end, in event division is won, seeding is set, to "run up" the record. It also would raise the bar for the team hitting the playoffs with a mediocre record.
I see that. I also have another idea. The team with the best record for the whole league gets ALL home games and the 4th seed gets no home games.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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We do not need additional playoff games. As it is, the World Series takes until (and has gone into) November. Plus, the winner of their division who has to sit around another day waiting for the division series to get underway. The winner of the wildcard series would be so beat and their pitching so abused during a 3 game in 2 day scenario plus travel, that they would essentially be under a huge disadvantage in the division series.

Years ago you had just the WS. Then they introduced the best of 5 games LCS in 1969. Then the wildcard caused the addition of the division series and the LCS became a best of 7 series. Now we have a 1 game wildcard playoff.

I don't want to be one of those who opposes change that makes sense, but this proposal just doesn't make sense. More isn't always better.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Well, you take Tampa out of a 4-team AL East and let the remaining fools spend themselves to death!
The only team "spending themselves to death" in the AL East is the Yankees, and we've seen that doesn't guarantee them a pennant (as we'll see reinforced this season as they finish #3 or #4). Just because Tampa Bay has no fans and no attendance and spends nothing doesn't mean they're right and others are wrong.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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Some more evidence that a Carolina team is viable (rooting for Yankees?, yikes!)

http://cdn.theatlantic.com/newsroom/...1/original.jpg
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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I am all for a 3 game Wild Card series.

Could we ever see a 12 team or 16 team playoff format?
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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I am all for a 3 game Wild Card series.

Could we ever see a 12 team or 16 team playoff format?
I hope not.

The WC game is fine as a one-game winner take all as it basically requires the two teams involved to use their best pitcher, then go into the LCS at a disadvantage - which in essence puts a premium on winning the division.

If a team wins 98 games or 86 games and goes to the WC game, all it means is they weren't good enough to win their division. Make it difficult for them to advance.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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It sucks that the two best teams in the MLB were beaten in a best-of-five game series by Wild Card teams.
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