The Case for Major League Baseball Realignment

The NHL finally got it right, and now it’s time for Major League Baseball to do the same and realign its conferences and divisions. No, throwing the Astros into the AL West this year doesn’t count, though it did finally bring balance to all MLB divisions. Note: the Milwaukee Brewers moved into the NL Central in 1998 to accommodate the two new expansion clubs, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This alignment never made any sense as it placed six teams in the NL Central leaving four in the AL West. And as a Cubs fan whose team plays in the NL Central I had a big beef. This left the Cubs with a 17% chance to win the division (all things equal of course) with the AL West teams at a 25% chance. That’s a big difference.

Okay, so the divisions are all at an equal 20% chance of winning the division but it just seems not quite right. I say let’s totally realign, abolish the existing leagues and start from scratch. I say this may just create more team rivalries than ever before.

So here goes:


The New American League 
East Division
Boston Red Sox
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
Toronto Blue Jays

Atlantic Division
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays
Washington Nationals

Central Division
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates

National League

The New National League 
Midwest Division
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals

Southwest Division
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies
Houston Astros
San Diego Padres
Texas Ranges

West Division
Los Angeles Angeles
Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland A’s
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners

So there you have it. I am sure most of the ball clubs would prefer this plan, heck it would save a ton on traveling expenses. Yes there may be some baseball trationalists who would scream bloody murder. But I say don’t get your panties in a bunch. MLB has finally come around to instant replay, why not leagues that make sense?

And hey did you see the Cubs division?  Their odds just may get to 21%.


2 thoughts on “The Case for Major League Baseball Realignment

  1. This was like reading latin to me…however i will try to use this info in a conversation w/my dad today to see if i can impress him. 🙂

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