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With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 1:35 pm
 
MILWAUKEE -- It's going to work.

The details are still a little sketchy, still a little up in the air. But 15 teams in each league, with interleague play, is going to work.

"I don't think any schedule is perfect," commissioner Bud Selig said on baseball's historic Thursday. "This will be very good."

Selig offered few details, in part because not everything has been decided yet, and in part because some things are dependent on the completion of the new collective bargaining agreement with the players (which will be done soon).

But here's what you can expect beginning with the 2013 season, now that it's official that the Astros are moving from the National League Central to the American League West:

-- There will be interleague play every day of the season. That means an increase in interleague play, probably from the current 15 games per American League team to 30 games for each team.

-- Each division will have five teams, which is the main reason for the move. Having the same number of teams in each division simplifies the schedule, and also means that each team within a division can play the exact same schedule (which doesn't happen under the current format).

-- It's likely but not certain that there will continue to be an unbalanced schedule within each league. It's possible that each team will continue to play 18 games against each team in its own division, as is the case now.

-- The designated hitter rule will almost certainly remain as is, with the DH used in all games in American League parks, and with pitchers hitting in all games in National League parks.

-- There will be two wild-card teams per league, possibly as soon as next year but definitely by 2013. Most likely, the two wild cards will play a one-game playoff, with the winner facing the team with the league's best record.

Now are you convinced it will work? If not, maybe reading my column from June will help.
Category: MLB
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Since: May 22, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:58 am
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

The reason the leagues are at 16/14 is because the Brewers were moved to the NL in 1998.
If MLB has now changed their mind and desires a 15/15 split, move the Brewers back to the AL where they came from.
Leave the Houston Astros out of this!



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:58 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

18 against each team in the division, 9 home, 9 away.  That's 18x4=72
6 against each team in the other divisions in the league, 3 home, 3 away. That's 6x5x2=60
3 against each team in 2 of the other league's divisions.  That's 3x5x2=30

Total of 162 games, and each team plays every team in the other league 2 out of every three years as you cycle around, and there is a home series within every three years and an away series within every three years. 

The only imbalance remaining is that the Phillies might play the Red Sox at home while the Braves have to play the Red Sox in Boston, but the NFL is that way too.  The Eagles, Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys all play the same teams in an AFC division, but the Eagles might get the Chargers on the road while the Giants play them at home, etc.     &
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Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:55 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

64+80=144 league games + 18 interleague games = 162
The interleague division rotation would take 6 years to rotate through (again, like the NFL) so the interleague home games would be away games the following year or the next time they played that division.



Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:42 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

Here's my thought on what the schedule could be.  Each team plays 16 games (8 home, 8 away) against each team in their division. That's 64 games. Then each team plays 8 games (4 home, 4 away) against every other team in their league. That's 80 games.

Then they should rotate play against interleague divisions by year, like the NFL does. So the NL Central would play 1 3-game series against every team from the AL East one season, then the AL Central and AL West the next 2 seasons.  Playing 2 of the teams at home and then 3 of the teams away.  This leaves one 3-game series with a “rival” team in the opposite league.  This series would be home or away as needed.  This would guarantee at least one series between geographic rivals (Mets/Yankees, Cubs/White Sox, Giants/A's) happen every year.  I suggest that all of these 'rival' series happen on one weekend. 



Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:03 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

As a fan of an NL Central team, I am pleased by this development. The way I see it, here's how it should break down for every team, schedule-wise: Each team plays 18 games (9 home, 9 away) against each team in their division. That's 72 games. Then each team plays 6 games (3 home, 3 away) against every other team in their league. That's 60 games. Then--and here's the part MLB probably wouldn't adopt--they should rotate play against interleague divisions by year, like the NFL does. So the NL Central would play 6 games (3 home, 3 away) against every team from the AL East one season, then the AL Central and West the next 2 seasons. That keeps the schedule at 162 games and also keeps interleague play interesting. Just a thought.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:52 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

With a 1 and done wild card game... would certainly put more emphasis on winning your division...this is good



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:46 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

Why would there be only a one game playoff between the two wild card teams? If my team was a wild card entry I would like a chance to play at least one game at home, and play an entire series. I think it really diminishes the wild card, what if the Cardinals had lost game one of their world series run, they would be done. 



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:42 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

Hey wait..what about 4 outs per inning?  Maybe 10 innings instead of 9? 
8 players in the lineup insteand of 9 lol...don't quit your day job.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:07 pm
 

So let's review

Why are we able to implement a third wild card as early as next year but we have to wait another year for balanced divisions?
Why did MLB wait 15 years to even out the leagues and divisions?
Why is Bud Selig still the commissioner?
Why does Danny Knobler still have a journalism job?



Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:57 pm
 

With 15 teams per league, schedule will work

2-15 team leagues is long overdue.  It will make for much better competiion and give a more accurate reading of a team's performance.  As much as I love old time baseball, I am happy MLB continues to evolve and remain the top professional game in the world.

I am hopeful that sometime down the road we see the elimination of the DH.  No, I am not in favor of having pitchers bat and possibly injure themselves.  Pitchers are paid to pitch and that's all they should do.  I favor having only the remaining 8 players in the line-up bat.  Think of what that would do to the game:  More runs scored, more home runs hit, more bases stolen because players like Albert, Jose, Prince, Andrew, Matt, Carlos, Mike, etc... would come to bat more often each game and during the course of the year. 

If we are going to increase the number of inter-league games, or even have inter-league games at all, lets make them equal for both teams and both leagues.  Eliminating the pitcher and DH from batting would do that. It would make pitching changes more strategic and add more suspense, excitement and interest to the game.  And clubs could add another pitcher or position player to make up for the loss of the DH spot. 


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