I got this Commish For A Day entry a bit late, but not only was it well-written, it was on a subject that I hoped someone would tackle. Reader TJ was good enough to send this manifesto covering the very sensitive subject of realignment. TJ is currently a senior at The College of New Jersey who is life long Yankees fan. Conference 2 Division 4 * I switched the Brewers back to the American League so each league could have one of the new teams.
If I was commissioner for a day I would make two new teams. They can be from anywhere but two possibilities that I thought of are Nashville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina. I believe Major League teams could do well in these areas. There would then be 32 teams in the Majors. I would make 16 teams per league with 4 divisions in each league, all with 4 teams. It is one of the worse setups to have a different amount of teams in divisions. For a division to have 4 teams, most to have 5, and another to have 6 is just not fair around the league. This setup would eliminate the wildcard; there would be one winner from each division. Every team then would have a 25% chance to make the playoffs each year.Division 2
For a detailed look at what I would do please see the information below:
16 Teams in both leagues divided into two conferences and four divisions per league like listed below:
Division – 14 Games *3 Teams = 42 Games (Two 3 Games Series, Two 4 Game Series (Two Games at Home & Two Games Away Per Series))
Conference – 12 Games * 4 Teams = 48 Games (All 3 Game Series)
League – 6 Games *8 Teams = 48 Games (All 3 Game Series)
Inter-League (Different Division Each Year) – 6 Games * 4 Teams = 24 Games (All 3 Game Series)
Total = 162 Games
The point of the four game series being split up into two games at home and two games on the road is because it will give it more of a playoff atmosphere. Four game series are long and get old; put four straight games, two at each ballpark would make it interesting. There would also be no natural rivalries with this new system.
No more Wild Card. A winner from each division gets into the playoffs. Any ties in the division will go to a one game playoff. Three rounds in the playoffs each 7 game series. Best record during the season decides home field advantage including the World Series (not decided by the All Star Game anymore). If tied for the best record then the tiebreaker would be best head to head record then best interleague play record if necessary.
* I switched the Brewers back to the American League so each league could have one of the new teams.
Well done. There's a lot here to digest but to those out there reading, use the comments to share your thoughts.
I happen to love the Wild Card and might suggest it with the top two teams in each league getting a first round bye (giving some real value to that regular season record). It would stretch the season a bit but if you toss a few extra double-headers in during the season, it could be done.
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