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Old 09-01-2009, 02:13 PM
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I have always wondered why the NL Central has six teams in it and all the others have five, except for the AL West which has four. The NHL and NFL each have an even number of teams in each of their divisions. Considering that only four teams from each league advance to the playoffs, the three division leaders and a wildcard, does this not make an uneven playing field for the six in the NL Central? MLB should either go to a system similar to hockey where the top four teams from each league with the highest winning percentage would move on to the playoffs regardless of division, or consider moving the Cardinals to the AL West which would even out all the divisions. Even though Houston is further west than St Louis, the AL West already has a team from Texas, so the Cards would be the next sensable choice. Cardinal fans would not like that though, as the AL West is not a cakewalk like their current division is. Can anyone shed some light or opinion on this?

Two Missouri teams in the American League??! Cardinal fans will never go for that. As for the makeup of the NL Central, I think it's just perfect. Plus, it's had success. We've seen some of the most exciting playoff and World Series action from this very division in the last several years. So what if six teams play in it?? I say leave all the divisions alone until two new teams come into the AL.
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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I have always wondered why the NL Central has six teams in it and all the others have five, except for the AL West which has four. The NHL and NFL each have an even number of teams in each of their divisions. Considering that only four teams from each league advance to the playoffs, the three division leaders and a wildcard, does this not make an uneven playing field for the six in the NL Central? MLB should either go to a system similar to hockey where the top four teams from each league with the highest winning percentage would move on to the playoffs regardless of division, or consider moving the Cardinals to the AL West which would even out all the divisions. Even though Houston is further west than St Louis, the AL West already has a team from Texas, so the Cards would be the next sensable choice. Cardinal fans would not like that though, as the AL West is not a cakewalk like their current division is. Can anyone shed some light or opinion on this?
Creating more rounds in the playoffs isn't a bad idea which would be accomplished by going to the NHL system but considering who is in the central,it's not really a valid discussion.Every year you know that it's pretty much a given that Pitt and Cinn will be dwelling on the bottom so you only have 4 teams fighting for the division.So maybe they should just expand to a few more teams or eliminate 1 or 2 with poor revenue.
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