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Oh Ricky, you’re so fine

One of the ideas that has been floated around during MLB’s ongoing labor negotiations is realignment. With 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American, it’s very easy to argue that it’s harder for a team in the NL Central to make the playoffs than a team in the AL West, regardless of the actual quality of the teams involved.

Lots of folks have thrown their hats into the ring, tossing out ideas as to which realignment plan they would prefer. Some want to move an NL team to the AL and call it done, some want to do away with divisions altogether, some just want to do nothing. But I hadn’t really seen a plan that I could fully get behind. Until now.

Comment From Rick

32 teams, 8 divisions of 4. 14 games against each team in division. 6 games against each team [out of] division. 3 games against each team in the other league. 162 games.

That was posted in today’s FanGraphs chat. I don’t know who this Rick fellow is, but his is the best and probably most easily workable solution I’ve seen. Too long ago, I wrote about how I would arrange a 32-team MLB, and I won’t waste digital ink by putting in another list of exactly how to lay the teams out. Just add one team to each league, move an NL team to the AL (I’d say the Brewers, but I really don’t care as long as it’s not another good team coming to the East), and balance the schedules somewhat while still placing more importance on how you do against the teams in your own division.

Now let’s watch as MLB comes out with something worse than any of the ideas that have been brought up.

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  1. June 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    I’m just assuming the post was by this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbOL6EjaSH0&feature=player_detailpage#t=26s

    Useful comments are for winners.

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