MLB’s new playoff proposal

Major League Baseball is floating the idea to the Players Association of moving a team from the National League to the American League and coming up with a new playoff scheme:

A simple form of realignment being seriously considered has been raised in the labor talks between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, according to four sources: two leagues of 15 teams, rather than the current structure of 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American League.

According to a highly ranked executive, one consideration that has been raised in ownership committee meetings is eliminating the divisions altogether, so that 15 AL and 15 NL teams would vie for five playoff spots within each league. Currently, Major League Baseball has six divisions.

A source who has been briefed on the specifics of the labor discussions says that the players’ union has indicated that it is open to the idea of two 15-team leagues, but that the whole plan still hasn’t been talked through or presented to the owners.

Sources say the talks are serious, and while one executive believes the odds of change are less than 50-50, another says this is the type of discussion that can gather momentum and become a reality.

A potential problem is interleague play due to the odd number of teams in each league. Honestly, I thought interleague play was neat during the first few years; but it’s a concept has run its course. Nevertheless, this a really good idea. It’s the way things used to be before the introduction of divisional play and the League Championship in 1969. The only difference is that the top five teams from each league go to the playoffs instead of the just the top team. It’s simple and fair; no more sub-par teams going to the playoffs just because they won their division over better teams in more competitive divisions being skipped over even though they had a better record.

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