Major League Baseball Realignment: 5 Plans Baseball Should Consider

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Major League Baseball Realignment: 5 Plans Baseball Should Consider
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Bud Selig

Late last week, ESPN's Buster Olney reported that Major League Baseball was considering plans for realignment. The discussion is part of on-going labor negotiations between MLB and the players union. Any plan would have to be approved by both entities.

Baseball last realigned in 1998, when the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays were added to the league. That realignment was unique because for the first time in almost 90 years a team, the Milwaukee Brewers, moved from the American League to the National League. A number of other teams, like the Detroit Tigers, shifted divisions.

Previous baseball realignments happened in 1969 and 1994. 

The continued discussion of baseball realignment both in labor negotiations and amongst fans suggests an unhappiness with the current system. Every few years, someone comes up with a new plan to realign baseball. This is my attempt at such hubris.

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