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June 17, 2011, 11:10 PM
So how would you feel if MLB did a realignment as is being discussed. Its only on the table and has not had any votes. Some coaches and GM's along with the Union thought it would be a subject for discussion. Some of the changes would be as follows:

- 2 leagues with no divisions

- One team from the NL (Houston or Diamondbacks were mentioned) would move to the AL to even the leagues at 15 teams each

- They would still have inter-league play

- course there would be a balanced schedule probably play each team in your league about 8-10 games depending on inter-league games

- Only 5 teams in each league will get to play-offs

Not all the kinks have been discussed as its still just talk at this stage

Do you think this might work?
June 17, 2011  11:11 PM ET

I definitely think its something that just be discussed.

June 19, 2011  06:39 PM ET

Why cant they just move the Astros to the AL West and be done with it. I think that there are still rivalry games within the division taht should be played more often than teams that are on the other side of the country

June 22, 2011  01:01 AM ET

It would be one hell of a lot fairer, for sure! But I think the lack of regional rivalries, like the Phillies and the Mets, Cards and Reds, and Dodgers and Giants, would ultimately hurt the box office. I also like the idea of moving the Astros to the AL West for the sake of balance.... Plus the teams currently in the AL West wouldn't have to worry about any additional competition!

June 27, 2011  05:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It would be one hell of a lot fairer, for sure! But I think the lack of regional rivalries, like the Phillies and the Mets, Cards and Reds, and Dodgers and Giants, would ultimately hurt the box office. I also like the idea of moving the Astros to the AL West for the sake of balance.... Plus the teams currently in the AL West wouldn't have to worry about any additional competition!

It could be the start of a rivalry between the Rangers and Astros!!!!

July 1, 2011  12:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

moving the Astros to the AL West for the sake of balance.... Plus the teams currently in the AL West wouldn't have to worry about any additional competition!

((sigh))

July 1, 2011  12:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It could be the start of a rivalry between the Rangers and Astros!!!!

In order for it to be a rivalry, doesn't one team have to win one game every once in awhile?





::sigh::




It ain't easy being an Astro fan!!!

July 1, 2011  12:43 AM ET

Do you think this might work?
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The way it is here, I hope it never gets past this thread!!

July 1, 2011  10:05 PM ET

Its something to think about. Won't happen in the near future, but at least a wildcard team won't have a better record then a division leader and still have to go on the road to play. Right now Houston doesn't have a rival team, rivalries are within the division, so without divisions, new rivalries can form, but I like the idea of a balanced schedule

July 2, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Well, maybe if Arizona were moved to the A.L. we could finally get away from those super ugly Sedona Red uniforms and back to the original colors.

July 2, 2011  10:35 AM ET

And while they are at it, Move the Rams to the East and Dallas to the West, so the Cards can kick some Cowboy butt twice a year.

July 3, 2011  02:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

And while they are at it, Move the Rams to the East and Dallas to the West, so the Cards can kick some Cowboy butt twice a year.

can't help you there, but it would be interesting to see.....

July 5, 2011  07:39 PM ET

Maybe two 15 team leagues (with Arizona moving to AL) - then inter-league matches would be based on position of finish the previous year. If you finished 1-5 in your league, the next year your inter-league schedule would be against the 5 teams that finished 1-5 in the other league. Same with 6-10 and 11-15. It takes away the argument about some good teams getting a soft inter-league schedule and others getting a hard schedule. Each team plays the other teams in their own division 9 or 10 times and either 7 or 6 games against the other division. Top Five in each league make the playoffs.

July 5, 2011  10:41 PM ET

The NL Central teams are at a disadvantage because they have an extra team to compete for the division. Moving tha Astros would make it fair in the AL West and NL Central . But since this would be of no benefit to the Yankees or Red Sox , it will never happen.

July 6, 2011  12:24 PM ET

Keep the divisions. Put the Astros in the AL West with the Rangers. Then, swap the Reds and Royals. Put the Reds in the AL Central with the Indians and the Royals in the NL Central with the Cubs and Cards.

July 7, 2011  12:57 AM ET

Put Milwaukee back in the American league where they were.

July 7, 2011  01:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Put Milwaukee back in the American league where they were.

No way! The Brewers have great rivalries with the Cards and Cubs.

August 11, 2011  12:20 PM ET

i'm not gonna worry about it, cause i don't believe bud selig will ever actually do anything about it anyway.

for that matter, i dunno why you even need divisions in the first place. why not just have a 30-team league and the top eight teams go to the playoffs? i'm not saying that's what i want, just asking why that's less "fair" than any of these other schemes.

but the thing is ... no matter what arrangement you come up with, there are gonna be people who complain that it's not "fair".

August 12, 2011  08:37 PM ET

The best part about any of this talk would be to go back to a balanced schedule and have no divisions, top 6 teams are in the playoffs.....

August 18, 2011  12:45 AM ET

Brewers belong in the AL

 
August 18, 2011  12:47 AM ET

Stop the DH and interleague play

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