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.

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.

PEDs: What MLB should do

I hate talking about Performance Enhancers in baseball. It seems like every time I think I can just enjoy baseball another big name player is linked to steroids. So I’m going to reflect on what I’d do to solve this problem if I was in Bud Selig’s shoes.

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Steroids & MLB: Earth to Bud Selig

Spring training is just a few weeks away and once again steroids is the top story in baseball. I’m sick of talking about already but in case you missed it. Over the weekend it was leaked that A-Rod was one of 104 players that tested positive for steroids in 2003.

So now many people are calling for the other names to be released. Curt Schilling is all for it. Saying something to the degree that releasing those names will clear the cloud of suspicion from the players who didn’t test positive.

I say fine release it. But really what does it prove? Who cares those guys didn’t break the league rules. All because Bud Selig didn’t do his job and enact a steroid policy. And those tests were so basic. They didn’t test for the big drug HGH. As far as we know guys are still doping. Baseball still doesn’t test for it. How ridiculous. So while I admire Schilling for wanting to clear the names of those who didn’t test positive, releasing the names proves absolutely nothing.

Hell for all we know A-Rod is still doping. So even if he comes clean about using anabolic steroids in ’03, that does not clear him now. He’s already lied to the public once about juicing. So I expect he’ll eventually release a statement admitting guilt. He’ll say he’s sorry and it was a mistake. He’ll probably also say it was an isolated event. I say bullshit. Until MLB gets tough about testing we can’t believe anyone.

We have baseball itself to blame. Not McGwire, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, Canseco or Palmeiro. Bud Selig and all the suits profited off roids. It was the steroid era because of the suits. They ignored the cancer when it was a small isolated problem that could have easily been stopped. Then when the cancer spread everywhere and caused them discomfort they tried to stop it by wishing it away. Well Bud Selig, I’ve got news for you it’s time for you to either step down or man up and enact Olympic style drug testing. How can we possibly believe that players aren’t still doping when they can still easily get away with it.

Thanks for the mess Bud Selig. We have an entire era of juiced baseball. With the exception of a select few, the stars of baseball were all juicing. And guess what? They didn’t break any rules because baseball did nothing to stop it. So to the sportswriters of the nation, don’t punish McGwire, Bonds, Sosa and company for baseball’s failure to enact a drug policy.

I say put them in the hall and include all the accusations on their plaque. Then when kids ask their dad how’d Bonds get away with that? Their father can look to their child and say, “Because baseball didn’t do anything to stop him”.

A-Rod Steroid Use Confirmed?

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Not surprisingly a report by Sports Illustrated has stated that Alex Rodriguez, while playing for the Rangers in ’03, was one of the 104 players that tested positive for performance enhancers. Reportedly he tested positive for anabolic steroids.

Is anyone surprised by this? The recent era was filled with juicers. It’s probably safe to bet that 90% of All-Stars from the early90’s to 2005 were juicing. Jose Canseco made headlines when he stated that A-Rod had juiced a few years back. However, people kinda blew it off when he never brought forth any evidence. It appears that Jose will get the last laugh again.

So what does this mean for A-Rod? MLB will impose no penalties because they had no drug policy then. What a joke Bud Selig! Who knows maybe the Feds will go after him for something. But what I do know is A-Rod is in a lose-lose situation. The best thing for him to do is to come clean to the public. But he’s much more hated than some other guys so I don’t think the public will forgive him as easily. The best medicine for him to actually show up in October and be the hero for the Yanks in a World Series victory. Then at least New Yorkers will forgive him. The rest of the country will hate him even more but he’s got to take what he can get.

It seems A-Rod just can’t be in the news for anything positive these days. Even before this, he represents to many, what is wrong with baseball today. He comes across as an under performing, overpriced, whiny, Yankee. Now many will forever view him as a “cheater”.

To me this is nothing new. I could care less about the AL and the Yankees. I already assumed that A-Rod had juiced. And unless there is evidence he juiced after MLB enacted a drug policy then he is not a cheater. Steroids were a part of the game. We have to get over it. It was the steroid era. If you missed how I beleive the era should be dealt with then click here.