Juuust a bit outside
Did you see this? Major League Baseball is considering team realignment ... again.
Someone other than me finally realized it was unstable to have 14 American League teams and 16 National League teams.
The AL West has only 4 teams while the NL Central has 6. Which means the Texas Rangers, for example, only need to better 3 teams to make the playoffs, while the Cardinals must beat 5 teams to do the same.
There's talk of moving a NL team to the AL.
Well, part of the foolishness was moving the Milwaukee Brewers from the American League to the National League to begin with. I hope they'll move the Brewers back instead of further cagging up baseball by moving a longstanding NL team to the AL.
The disAstros were mentioned as a way to get a rivalry going with the Texas Rangers. However, anyone who follows the NL Central knows there's been a pretty nice rivalry going between them and the Cardinals since the mid-90s.
I said all that to say this, I hope somewhere along the line MLB gets a lick of sense and fixes the following things:
- Designated Hitter - I've written about this before, but here I'll just say it's insulting to the game and unstable to have different rules for different ballparks.
- Different sized playing fields - It's unstable to have a home run in one park be a fly out in another. Oh, and what's with that incline in center in Houston?
- Different quantities in divisions - 30 teams and you want 6 divisions? How about six 5-team divisions, like my first-grader would suggest?