MLB and Player's Association Discussing Possible Realignment
Multiple sources have reported that the baseball owners and the player's association have been discussing a simple realignment of the leagues as part of their new collective bargain agreement discussions.
The new plan would shift one National League team to the American League to create two 15-team leagues, eliminate the divisions altogether and incorporate in the additional wild card team idea for playoff contention.
Instead of having the three division winners and a pair of wild card teams, as had previously been discussed, the top five teams in each league will compete in the playoffs.
According to a report on ESPN, one Major League baseball executive put the odds of this happening at less than 50/50, although ESPN acknowledged that it could gain traction as the discussions progress and eventually become a realistic scenario.
Personally, I am in favor of this realignment proposal. It has been a reality in past seasons that a team in a deep division, such as the AL East, will miss the playoffs because they finished third and out of contention for the Wild Card. Meanwhile a team in another division would sneak into the playoffs as the division winner with an inferior record.
This proposal guarantees the top five teams in both the American and National League will be in the playoffs every year.
Of course, there are still details to be worked out.
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