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MLB wild realignment plan

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    MSN Sports: MLB’s reported wild realignment and expansion plan: Is it cool?

    Major league baseball is considering a radical realignment and expansion to 32 teams. The two new teams would be Portland and Montreal. But that's not all. The old American and National Leagues would be scrapped entirely and realigned into 4 eight-team divisions based on geography (similar to the NFL), which would not only cut down on travel but encourage natural rivalries with more games played within the divisions.

    "A 156-game schedule would include 24 total games against the eight teams in each of the three other divisions-three games against each opponent. The schedule would include 12 games-six home and six road-against each of the seven divisional opponents."

    Personally it's hard for me to see the stodgy old owners of these teams doing something so radical. Expand yes...but do away with the traditional National League and American Leagues...probably not.

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    I would love to see a baseball team come to Portland, but I simply don't know where we would put the stadium! My guess is that it would be somewhere in the suburbs, which has to be taken into account because it would certainly make it more difficult to fill up the stadium for games.

    Realigning and expanding the leagues is an interesting idea, but I agree that it would be shocking to see the owners to agree to do something this expansive. I also don't know if an expansion will fundamentally change the dwindling numbers of people following Major League Baseball. The game is long and we Americans have an exceptionally short attention span. Expansion isn't addressing that simple fact.

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    BaseballAmerica.com: Expansion Could Trigger Realignment, Longer Postseason

    According to BaseballAmerica, an ownership group in Portland has the necessary financing and support for a stadium that would be partially funded by a $150 million grant approved in 2003 by the state of Oregon. That grant apparently is still available.

    Here then are the proposed divisions:

    East: Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington.

    North: Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, both New York franchises and Toronto.

    Midwest: Both Chicago franchises, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Texas.

    West: Anaheim, Arizona, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

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    I'm all for this realignment. Always thought the NFL way to dividing teams made more sense. Though yeah, I also don't see the owners going for it. This is a sport steeped in tradition and historically unwelcome to change. Especially something this radical.