There should never be a baseball game in March or November. There should never be a five-game series in postseason play. Too many undeserving teams make it to the postseason, which is why we have so many sweeps and dull best-of-5 series.
The league formats are archaic and already have been disbanded in most ways, including umpiring and administration. If it's fine for the Angels and Dodgers to play six times a year, why not 18?
For all these reasons, it's time to realign baseball.
Let's leave all of those assumptions aside for a moment as they're all worthy of independent argument. I'm more interested in his realignment proposal:
So let's start by paring down six divisions to three:
WEST: Dodgers, Angels, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Houston.
CENTRAL: Cubs, White Sox, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh.
EAST: Yankees, Mets, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay, Atlanta.
The three winners get to the playoffs and the team with the best record gets the home field throughout. There is one wild card. It will be seeded fourth and will not have home advantage in any series . . . With a 10-team division, it's simple to arrange 18 meetings with every other club. It comes out to 162 games. That's nine Dodgers visits to Anaheim. That's 18 Cubs-White Sox games.
Such a setup raises all kinds of interesting logistical questions, and Whicker addresses many of them in his column.
Say what you want about it -- and I'm certainly not saying it's a good idea -- but that's certainly fun, no?