CentralChamps21 Posted March 6 Share Posted March 6 (edited) https://theathletic.com/4216205/2023/02/16/mlb-commissioner-manfred-rsns-blackouts-expansion/?source=twitterhq&access_token=9657465 Quote “Realistically for there to be serious talk about realignment, it would be done in the context of expansion,” Manfred said. “You almost have to talk about some realignment in the context of expansion. Because … with 32, you go to eight (groups of) fours in terms of the divisions. And I think in the context of doing it, there is an opportunity to address another fan issue that is of some significance. “In our postseason, we often get, you know, Boston-Anaheim the first round, where we have four windows. If you think about it, you got four windows, you got Boston and Anaheim — we’re almost, by definition, you have to do wrong by one fan base, right? It’s either too early one place or too late the other. Particularly if you get to East-West matchups. If you went to 32, you’d at least have to talk about getting geographic so that you played up through the playoffs from the east side, and from the west side.” So, how would it work? Here's what I think would happen: I give the nod to Montreal and Charlotte for expansion. This is based on the A's most likely moving to Las Vegas. Eight divisions of 4 teams A1: Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Rays A2: Mets, Montreal, Phillies, Nationals B1: Tigers, Guardians, Blue Jays, Pirates B2: Braves, Marlins, Reds, Charlotte C1: White Sox, Royals, Twins, Rangers C2: Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Astros D1: Mariners, A's, Angels, Rockies D2: Giants, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Padres Rationale: 1) Time zones: four divisions entirely in Eastern, two entirely in Central, and two spanning Mountain and Pacific 2) Six largest market teams (NY, LA, Chi) all in different divisions to "spread the wealth" of TV ratings 3) Keep AL and NL teams grouped together as much as possible given 1) and 2) above The season would involve 14 games against each division opponent (42), 7 games against each "companion division" opponent (28), and 3 or 4 games against each of the other 24 opponents (92). Top two teams from each division make playoffs. First round is best of 3 with division winner hosting all 3 games: A1 #1 vs B1 #2, C1 #1 vs D2 #2, B1 #1 vs A2 #2, D1 #1 vs C2 #2. Second round is best of 5, third round best of 7, and World Series best of 7. Edited March 6 by CentralChamps21 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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