MLB Realignment: My Proposal
In response to a realignment proposal for MLB reported by Ken Rosenthal, I could not help but toy with my own proposal. It may be a stretch, but I believe that it keeps the traditional and gritty League rivalries alive along with expanding new horizons. The regular season schedule and playoff system may need to change for this to work, but that may be a different story. Enjoy.
Kevin Youkilis playing "nice" with former Tiger Curtis Granderson during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. Geographically and competitively, this blends a facet of the Central with who else but the Red Sox.
Guess LeBron would love this division. Although the Yankees reign supreme in baseball, adding the Indians (who have waffled between greatness and disgrace) still adds dimension to this division. The Orioles can go anywhere but up in 2010, and the Blue Jays are a long ways from reaching their early 90s glory.
All these teams start with the letter R. Not to use it as a joke, but these teams have range. Anyone can make noise, and with realignment, these teams can show true potential.
Much like the current West, there is one less team than the MLB standard. We've gotten used to it, so why not keep this? These teams are like three angry brothers locked in a closet with one title at stake, so it'll always be pleasing to see their familiarity show on the field.
The same venerable rivalry is kept between the Cardinals and Cubs. Add in the Brewers to intensify their gritty history and the Rockies, who can always make it interesting no matter what division they play along side with.
Talk about heavyweights and lightweights. As of now, this division would be polar opposites. Phillies and Mets are clearly the headline with this division, but Nationals and Pirates (if kept in a division format to embrace more matchups) might show potential to rise out of the ashes like a 2003 of the Florida Marlins. Who knows...
Young teams sandwiched in this division make for formidable foes. This feels like the freshest breath of air from the realignment as all three divisions of the old are represented.
I've let both Wests take their historic feuds in the three-way war. This one is a California dreamin' at it's best. Giants and Dodgers are still pitted against one another, while the Padres have just enough hate for the other counterparts.