Saturday, June 11, 2011

Here's Where I Lose My Mind

I should start off by saying that, yes, the idea of taking a team out of the National League and putting it in the American League makes perfect sense.

There are 16 National League teams and 14 American League teams because the Milwaukee Brewers were taken out of the American League and put in the National League in the late 1990s. This has led to a tepid kind of "whatever" unless you are a radical baseball purist who sees that the teams in the National League's Central Division are handicapped as far as reaching the postseason (and can also see that the American League West is where you want to be in order to get a shot at post-season play without having to really earn it like their contemporaries in the American League Central and Eastern divisions).

Anyway, here's where the geniuses see things going:
Two club executives suggested to Olney that the Astros, currently at the bottom of the NL Central, would likely be moved to the AL West to create a potential rivalry in Texas with the Arlington-based Rangers.

There’s also been a discussion of getting rid of divisions altogether, and simply awarding playoff spots to the top five records in each league. The NHL has a well-received setup that is fairly similar.

It all makes a world of sense, and it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Major League Baseball tweaked its divisional alignment. Now let’s hope that it doesn’t take too long, as instant replay has, to be properly implemented. Change is a good thing, especially when it rights a clear wrong.
I'll right the wrong for you.

Put the Brewers back in the American League. Make them part of the American League Central Division. Put the Kansas City Royals in the American League Western Division. Fire Bud Selig. Get a real commissioner of baseball. And institute a lifetime ban for any player who tests positive for any kind of performance-enhancing drug. Then invalidate all of the statistics of those players who have been caught using them.

Case closed.

Oh, but I went too far. None of those things will happen because Bud Selig isn't going anywhere. His beloved Brewers caused this problem, and he'll make certain that baseball remains a flawed, but wonderful game in spite of his awful tenure.

And don't think for a moment that I've forgotten that the real player in all of this is ESPN. If they don't approve of a move, it won't happen, either. Their product is too valuable right now and they are too powerful of a stakeholder to allow for common sense to enter into this.
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