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Marlins, Astros candidates for AL realignment

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08:11 AM ET 06.13 | According to a report, one realignment option includes two leagues of 15 teams. According to a highly ranked executive, one consideration that has been raised in ownership committee meetings is eliminating the divisions altogether, so that 15 AL and 15 NL teams would vie for five playoff spots within each league. ... One of the biggest issues that would have to be resolved in any realignment resulting in two 15-team leagues is which of the National League teams would switch to the American League. Two highly ranked executives believe the Houston Astros would be a possibility, because a switch to the AL for Houston would foster a rivalry between the Astros and the Texas Rangers. The Marlins could be another candidate, a source suggested.

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June 13, 2011  08:16 AM ET

15 and 15? That means there's an interleague game every day. And an even more unbalanced schedule. This is a non starter.

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June 13, 2011  08:45 AM ET
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May liven things up a little with more inter-league play. The magnitude of the "unbalanced" schedule would be reduced since the divisions would disappear. So this may not be as bad an idea as you think.Of course you sound like someone who hates inter-league play - but I like it.

Morning Lou.

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June 13, 2011  08:56 AM ET

Not sure why either Houston or Florida would be concidered when Milwaukee could be sent back to the AL. The rest would have to be because of travel conciderations.

Morning Clem, Lou

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June 13, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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Not sure why either Houston or Florida would be concidered when Milwaukee could be sent back to the AL. The rest would have to be because of travel conciderations.Morning Clem, Lou

They are 2 of the worst franchises.

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June 13, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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They are 2 of the worst franchises.

So is moving them going to make them any better?

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June 13, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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So is moving them going to make them any better?

No. it's the beginning of the end. Also teams likely to be moved altogether.

June 13, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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I think part of the inter-league play issue - is there isn't enough of it to get a balanced schedule with the other league. If you have to play all 15 teams - then a balance would become more likely. Maybe reduce the number of games to 154 - have some actual double-headers and a few more days of for travel considerations - the product may actually improve in quality.

If there is any negative impact in revenues whatsoever, nothing will come of this.

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June 13, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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There is always a potential impact to revenues - but this could actually increase fan base and some attendance figures in some markets (which helps MLB as a whole). Just an IMO

Yes but Lou, you are a forward thinking, enlightened individual. The same cannot be said for MLB execs, owners or players and their union.

 
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