June 18, 2021

One more spin on a MLB expansion and realignment proposal (Twinkie Town)


MLB expansion is merely in the exploration phase right now, but I’ve seen some tweets floating around. As a young person, I can’t remember the last time expansion took place, and my interest was piqued (editor’s note, it was 1998.) This is really a pointless exercise, but just for the fun of it I took a shot at what an expanded and realigned league might look like.

Starting Assumptions

To start, I established some rules and assumptions.

  1. We will be keeping a two-league format. I can’t imagine an MLB that is not made up of the American and National Leagues. However, the leagues will be split geographically rather than historically.
  2. Each league will continue to have three (realigned) divisions. The three division winners and two wild card teams will make the playoffs, just as they currently do.
  3. There will be a Universal DH, at long last. As many teams will be shifting leagues, it would be too much stress on current AL teams in particular to change their roster structure. Or at least that’s the excuse I use to institute something that should be instituted anyway.
  4. We will attempt to keep the most notable rivalries together in divisions.
  5. We will attempt to create…

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