Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, is pitching another less-than-stellar idea to once again alter the game we call America’s pastime. The new realignment scheme is currently being tossed around all brands of sports media and is having trouble convincing baseball fans if its pros outweigh its cons and vice versa.
The plan calls for the American League and National League to each contain 15 teams, meaning one NL team will have to hop over to the AL. Not as easy as it sounds. Divisions would also get eliminated, which completely alters the MLB postseason as we know it.
In the 15-team leagues, the top five teams would earn a spot in the playoffs…well sort of. The top three team would automatically be placed in the first round of the playoffs, while the fourth and fifth place teams would compete in a “play-in” series for the fourth and final spot in the first round.
The changes Bud Selig has made to Major League baseball started with the addition of the wild card to the playoffs, an all-in-all good and successful idea.
But he has since taken his one good deed and has tried to expand his authority by wrongfully moving his Milwaukee Brewers to the National League and making the All-Star Game decide home-field advantage in the World Series.
It seems to me that Selig panicked when the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee ended in a tie, and now we see players from the Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins having a say in which team will have home-field in the series that decides the World Champion.
Why can’t the best overall record decide home-field advantage, like it does in every other sport?
Bud Selig should never have altered the Mid-Summer Classic and he should stop trying to change the face of the game before it eventually becomes unrecognizable. If the proposed realignment does in fact happen, here are the four ways in will ruin the game as we know it.