What would Major League Baseball do if they decided to expand? This is pure conjecture. Major League Baseball hasn’t really discussed expansion recently, but there are two cities that could support baseball. The first is Montreal. The Expos played in Montreal for 25 years and if wasn’t for Jeffrey Loria the Nationals probably wouldn’t exist. It’s a great town and it supported the Expos well until the end.
Identifying a second team isn’t quite so easy. There isn’t a clear choice in the United States. Two options would be Portland or San Antonio, but MLB might be wise to have a team in Mexico City. Salt Lake City is another option, but I don’t think it’s a large enough metro area to support a baseball team.
Adding two more teams would create some division problems. The current system of five team divisions would be changed. In order to keeps the same number of teams in each division each league would move to two, eight team divisions or four, four team divisions.
Here’s how I would do it.
Biggest change here is I’ve moved the Rockies into the American League. Some realignment would be necessary to make this work and I’ve chosen to move a couple of the newer franchises.
My biggest reservation about this entire realignment in the NL East. The Braves have rivalries with the Mets and Philles over the last 20 years, but it’s difficult to create a four team divisions and keep the Braves with the Phillies and Mets. The Pirates were long time members of the Eastern division so it’s fitting they’re paired again with the Expos, Mets, and Phillies.
The Rays would move to the National League were they would have a natural rivalry with the Marlins.
Major League Baseball currently sends five teams to the playoffs. Moving to four, four team divisions would make a five team playoff more complicated.
The solution to the playoff issue is to remove inter-league play and move to a single division in each league. No need to move the Rockies or Rays. Add the Expos to the National League and Mexico City to the American league. Play each team in the league an equal amount and take the top five teams for the playoffs. The 4 and 5 seeds would play a one game playoffs.
At some point MLB will expand again and it will be interesting to see how they handle the current divisional alignment.
The Cincinnati Reds name derived from “Red Stockings.” If you think “Reds” is racist maybe you should look in the mirror.
You left off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Reds;These are RACIST names. They do not HONOR Native Americans, they dehumanize them. While some teams have completely removed the racist/stereotypical mascot from their team image, the name still stands.
I think the image above should put this into perspective. Imagine if there were teams that were called the (Predominantly African-American population in whatever city in the South) N-Words, or the (Predominantly African-American population in whatever city in the South) C**ns, or the (Predominantly Hispanic population in whatever city) Wetbacks, or the (Predominantly Hispanic population in whatever city) Spics, etc.
The Reds on Sunday traded third baseman Juan Francisco to the Braves for J.J. Hoover, a Minor League right-handed pitcher.
Hoover was rated by MLB.com as Atlanta’s No. 13 prospect entering the season.
A big left-handed power hitter, Francisco was once an elite prospect in the Reds system. But after being injured often last season, he batted .196 with four home runs this spring and was out of Minor League options as Cincinnati attempts to make its final cuts of Spring Training.