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MLB Mulling Three-10 Team Division Realignment

Could the Mets and Yankees end up in the same division? With the way it's looking that's not an unlikely scenario...

Major League Baseball is off to the craziest start of their season maybe ever. The fact is, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the MLB has postponed their season indefinitely, the same season that would have just finished their first full month by this point in time. It’s incredibly unfortunate but of course, it’s imperative to keep everyone safe and that is why the postponement along with every other sporting organization was done.

However, none of the sporting league’s including MLB want to give up on the season and lose everything. Every league is going through alternatives on how they can finish the season even if it means without crowds in the stands which is something that is almost guaranteed at this point in time due to the nationwide pandemic.

The NFL has talked about moving the season back to start, the NBA has talked about potentially moving back their season or picking up right in time for the playoffs and the NHL has talked about either skipping to the playoffs or playing every game in centralized locations. That last part is certainly intriguing an the MLB’s thought process isn’t far off from the centralized locations. In fact, the MLB is mulling the idea of breaking up it’s 30 baseball clubs into three divisions of ten teams each.

In doing so, this would allow the MLB to keep teams in centralized locations instead of traveling all over the country like the regular season would have presented and in turn risking such spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on this and even gave us a look into what the division realignment would look like.

EAST

  • New York Yankees and Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins

WEST

  • Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners

CENTRAL

  • Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers
I feel as though this realignment could be beneficial in generating more interest and make the season way more exciting than it already is. It’s important to keep in mind however, this is not a guarantee, the MLB is throwing many ideas at the wall to see what sticks. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, I’m sure no one expected that we would be talking about a three-division league in the MLB much less the fact that the New York Mets and Yankees would be in the same division but here we are. The MLB is on a path to really make sure it can support a season and give the fans something to feel good about whether they can come to the games or not. This plan while out of left field might give the league the best option in trying to start their delayed season in late June.
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