Sunday, August 28, 2011

MLB Realignment

With all this talk about possible MLB realignment to try to balance out the two leagues, I thought I'd give it a try myself. Here are all my divisions, complete with an analysis for each:

Creatures League

Flying Things Division:
Houston Astros
Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
St. Louis Cardinals

This is one of the weaker divisions in my realignment, with three mediocre/slightly-above-average teams (Blue Jays, Angels, Cardinals) likely to compete for the Flying Things title the next couple of years. The Blue Jays and Orioles would be relieved to finally get out of that AL West and would resume their rivalry in a place where they are actually relevant. In the end, I think that this division would by won by the Cardinals, but as I said, the two other bird teams would be right in the thick of things.

Animals Division:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs
Florida Marlins
Detroit Tigers
San Francisco Giants

The D-backs and Giants would be able to resume their NL West race here, in the Animals Division. This division has some of the best pitching in baseball, with the Giants strong arms (Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain) as well as probable AL Cy Young Winner Justin Verlander. This division would likely be a 3-team race between the D-backs, Tigers, and Giants.

What's that supposed to be? Division:
New York Mets
Oakland Athletics
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cincinnati Reds

An instant rivalry between the Dodgers and the A's would likely develop as well as another rivalry between the White Sox and the Reds. This division looks pretty weak on paper, however, and it is yet to be seen whether or not this division will produce a World Series Champion in the near future.

Social Studies League

Geographic Division:
Minnesota Twins
Philadelphia Phillies
Milwaukee Brewers
Washington Nationals
Seattle Mariners

All these teams are named after something specific to their town and that kind of spirit will certainly carry through to their play. As of right now, this division would come down to the head-to-head play between Philadelphia and Milwaukee. Some potential rivalries here include Phillies-Nationals and Twins-Brewers.

R Division:
Tampa Bay Rays
Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox
Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies

Already, I can imagine chants of, "THIS IS R DIVISION," but before we go there, let's take a look at the teams. This division, I believe, would be won by whichever team has the best offense. Right now, that would be between the Rangers and the Red Sox. In the end, the Red Sox would likely win the division. I also foresee a rivalry forming between the Rangers and the Royals, especially with the farm system that they have in Kansas City.

Historical Division:
San Diego Padres
Pittsburgh Pirates
Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees

I believe that this is currently the best division in my realignment, with the Pirates, Braves, Yankees, and Indians all contenders at the All-Star Break. With the addition of Jim Thome and all those Yankee superstars, this also looks to be the division with the most star power in baseball. Ultimately, this division would be won by the Yankees, but the four other teams would not go down without a fight.

What do you think of my realignment thoughts?

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