A Common Sense MLB Realignment Plan

In case you missed it Buster Olney reported that MLB and the players association are talking about realignment. In short the plan would send the Astros to the AL evening the leagues out at 15 per league. Interleague play would be a constant part of scheduling. There would be no divisions and the top 5 teams from each league would make the playoffs.

There obvious flaws with this version of baseball. First off, there would be NO PENNANT RACES! Yeah it makes perfect sense to get rid of one of the most exciting aspects of baseball. Actually that’s all I’m going to say about the flaws. Anyone with half a brain will see the other major issues with this proposal.

Any ways it’s time to get down to business.  If MLB insists on changing the current format I’d propose the following solution:

  • The leagues stay same. 14 in the AL 16 in the NL.
  • Inter-league play is abolished.(Optional)
  • The DH is abolished.(My Biggest wish but the player’s union will never allow it)
  • AL & NL both eliminate a division and go back to the 2 division format.
  • Division winners get automatic playoff berth and 1 round bye.
  • 4 wild card spots per league go to the 4 best non division winning teams.

This proposal would satisfy the league’s desire to get more team in the playoffs. And it actually adds 2 more teams than the bogus proposal reported by Buster Olney. More importantly this keeps the League’s separate and end of the season pennant races in tact.

On paper it looks like this proposal would expand the season too much. However my vision of the playoffs would be the first round made up wild-card teams would be a best of 3series that is completed in 3 consecutive days. The divisional Round would then start immediately on the 4th day of the playoffs. Doing it this way gives the division winners a real reward and condenses the playoff schedule. From this point forward the playoffs would be the same format as now. But once again I’d propose that there would be fewer off days to keep things moving and prevent a November World Series.

MLB Proposed Playoff Bracket

Here's how this common sense approach would look.

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MLB Realignment Plan Sucks

How can anyone think the proposed no division format is a good idea?

Bud Selig needs to be removed from office if it happens.

If MLB wants to shake things up they should keep it simple.

I’ll post my own common sense plan tonight.

Anthony Rizzo ETA Wednesday?

Reports are saying Rizzo will finally be promoted to the big leagues this Wednesday. It’s been well publicised that Brad Hawpe has been fielding balls in Right Field and tonight he’s pencilled in as the Padres starting RF. The Padres have likely kept Rizzo stashed away long enough to avoid Super 2 eligibility so it’s safe to say that barring an injury he’ll be with the big club by the end of the week.

If he’s still available in your fantasy league you should grab him now! Especially in NL-Only formats.

Only Fitting

Just a few hours after my last post Carlos Zambrano goes berserk on Derrek Lee and any one or anything that gets in his way.

Big Z has been suspended indefinitely and it has been reported that he went into another temper tantrum as a camera crew filmed him leaving the stadium. I’m sure more on that will reported later.

Disgruntled on the Northside

This isn’t exactly breaking news. Fans of the so called “Lovable Losers” are pissed off. Given the performance of that team I don’t blame them. It seems that this year the level of frustration is the highest its been in several years. The moderate success of the recent additions from the scrap heap, Aaron Miles, Randy Winn and Jeff Suppan, can only elevate a Cub fan’s blood pressure. As a Cardinal fan I can always gauge how pissed off the fans are by the number and quality of insults I hear from those “fans”. When the Cubs are playing well I may hear an occasional Cardinals suck thrown my way. When things are going piss poor, the insults come at first site of a Cards logo. Thats when you get the good insults with subjects such as, Josh Hancock, Darryl Kile, DUIs and Steroids. And they especially love bitch about Cardinal fans being considered by some as arguably the best in baseball.

I love the hate. It just reassures me that the season is going favorably for the Cards. While they count down the days until Jim Hendry and Lou Pinella get their pink slips I can enjoy watching the Cards make their push for a division crown.

Saturday Recap

World Cup

USA vs England: I decided to give Soccer a chance. However, it didn’t last long. I watched about 10 agonizing minutes of this match and I had to turn it. I just can’t see myself enjoying soccer on TV ever. Having said that, the atmosphere did look amazing. I wouldn’t mind attending the World Cup and watching one game in person.

Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse

Lacrosse is sort of similar to soccer. The only difference is that Lacrosse is played at a much faster pace with more contact and more scoring. Outside of PE class back in High School, I’ve never played Lacrosse but I’ve been getting more and more into this sport. Yesterday, Denver Outlaws at Boston Cannons was aired live on ESPN2. Boston came out on top 17-12. I’ll leave the complete recap of the game to the pros.I’m not quite a lacrosse buff yet and I can only name a handful of players of the top of my head but I really enjoyed watching this. I’ll take lacrosse over soccer any day. And I highly recommend that you try watching lacrosse if you already done so.

Pujols Hurting

The Cards got hammered last night by the D-Backs. The Cards were forced to go with the youngster Adam Ottavino. Ottavino has shown that he has the potential to be a big league starter but I don’t think he’s quite there yet. So the loss in its self is not a big surprise to me. The bigger story here is the health of Albert Pujols. People have been talking nearly all year about something just isn’t right with Pujols. He’s now batting only .296. I have some serious concerns about his health at this point. Last night he was wearing a compression sleeve on his bad elbow. Granted, a compression sleeve in itself doesn’t indicate pain since many other players wear them when healthy. However, Pujols hasn’t been one of those guys in the past. I don’t know for certain that he’s hurt. But I’ve been watching this guy his whole career and to me something just doesn’t look right. Elbow problems? Back problems? I’d lean towards the problem being the elbow but back issues could also be the culprit. All season Pujols has gone through stretches where he’s very bad and the short stretches were he’s on fire. This just isn’t the consistency we’re used to seeing out of him. And given the nature of back injuries, maybe the inconsistencies are being cause by a bad back. Again, I am no doctor and this is merely speculation on my part. After writing this Pujols will probably go 3-4 with 1HR and 5RBI tonight. But the question is will another unusually cold streak follow his next hot streak? If the answer is yes, then I believe that he must really be hurting.

If you still rely on ESPN….

for sports news then you probably should wake up and start getting your news elsewhere. ESPN has turned into the tmz of the sports world. ESPN is kind of like MTV. Once upon a time ESPN was a great sports network. However over time they’ve began transforming into a network that specializes in starting and spreading rumors.

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