My Utopian Design for a 32-Team MLB
by, 07-10-2013 at 09:45 AM (955 Views)
2 Leagues 16 teams in 4 4-team divisions, wherever possible preserving traditional league associations and rivalries. (Only exceptions - Colorado, Tampa Bay swap leagues to have closer divisional opponents) 1 western expansion team and 1 southern expansion team are needed to field even team numbers by league and division with symmetrical alignments.
Ideally no inter-league games. 18 games against teams in the division, 9 versus each team in the rest of the league. Should I not be as omnipotent as I thought and interleague play has to continue, 18 games against teams in division. 8 games versus each team in rest of league. 3 games versus each team in one interleague division – rotating divisions yearly.
If interleague play stays, DH is universally adopted. If no interleague play, NL could stay in the dark ages although the DH would be used for the All-Star game and ALL World Series games. 5th umpire is added in replay booth to review close plays.
No wild cards. Four division winners qualify. Teams with best records get home field advantage.
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Expansion Team 1 (Portland?)
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Expansion Team 2 (New Orleans?, Charlotte? Monterrey?)
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants