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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by j.u.FAIRFIIELD View Post
    What happens if Nashville gets an expansion team?
    The other teams that want cities to build ballparks for them won't be able to threaten to move to Nashville if there's a team there.
    They need to be careful what they wish for. But there is not a "wealth" of cities in the continental US.
    Looks like Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio/Austin, Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Montreal are all somewhat to extremely interested.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Any realignment with 4-team divisions would be a mess.
    Stick to your guns.

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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    Any realignment with 4-team divisions would be a mess.
    Yep.

    If they pick one team in the southeast (or Austin) and one team out west, four 8-team divisions could work, but I'm guessing Chicago and St. Louis would have to break up.

    Four-team divisions are... Ick.

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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourgeois Zee View Post
    but I'm guessing Chicago and St. Louis would have to break up.
    There is a zero percent chance of that happening.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    MLB talking about expansion is hilarious given the situation in Oakland (does Vegas even want them?) along with many other questions such as the Rays' ballpark situation, etc.

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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by JFLegal View Post
    MLB talking about expansion is hilarious given the situation in Oakland (does Vegas even want them?) along with many other questions such as the Rays' ballpark situation, etc.
    5-6 billion dollars in expansion fees will make everyone happy.

    I think Montreal is a non starter for expansion, nobody will want anything to do with Olympic stadium even temporarily, I think MLB sees it as the alternative for the Rays if their parking lot stadium fails.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed View Post
    5-6 billion dollars in expansion fees will make everyone happy.

    I think Montreal is a non starter for expansion, nobody will want anything to do with Olympic stadium even temporarily, I think MLB sees it as the alternative for the Rays if their parking lot stadium fails.
    It's still amazing they are talking about expansion when (at least) 2 of their current franchises are complete jokes when it comes to attendance. Just relocate those teams.

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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    I will say that having a set up of 4 8 team divisions or 8 4 team division is not radical. Having 11 divisions of 1 to 9 teams each would be radical.

    Boston Division-
    Red Sox

    NY Division-
    Yankees
    Mets

    So California Division (two teams advance to playoffs)
    Dodgers
    Padres
    Angels

    other West
    Giants
    A's
    Mariners
    Rockies
    D Backs

    Texas

    Astros
    Rangers

    Teams that have played in Milwaukee
    Braves
    Brewers

    Team to lose to Yankees in playoffs

    Minnesota
    Rays


    Chicago divisio
    n
    Cubs
    White Sox

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    Cardinals

    Mid-Atlantic
    Phillies
    Orioles

    Teams that you pay to play at your homecoming weekend home game division
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    Tigers
    Pirates
    Montreal
    Cleveland
    Nationals
    Marlins
    Royals
    Charlotte/Nashville


    Edit: Except for the SO Cal division, the winner of each division advances to the playoffs. No wildcards mean 12 playoff teams. First Round Byes given to winners of Boston, NY, Chicago and So Cal divisions. Those four get top four seeds by overall record. Other 8 teams get seeded by committee using criteria based on record, ESPN game ratings, merchandise sales, and number of followers for Team social media pages. Each round is best of 7. Two commissioners- One for primary 7 divisions, Phil Castellini commish for Other West Division and Teams that you pay to play at your homecoming weekend home game Division.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by JFLegal View Post
    It's still amazing they are talking about expansion when (at least) 2 of their current franchises are complete jokes when it comes to attendance. Just relocate those teams.
    I think this fits within chew gum and walk territory. I wouldn't let the 26-year mess in St. Petersburg keep me from making a few billion. The Rays will either get sorted out to where they are or slot into one of the runnerup locations in the expansion bidding.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by klw View Post
    I will say that having a set up of 4 8 team divisions or 8 4 team division is not radical. Having 11 divisions of 1 to 9 teams each would be radical.

    Boston Division-
    Red Sox

    NY Division-
    Yankees
    Mets

    So California Division (two teams advance to playoffs)
    Dodgers
    Padres
    Angels

    other West
    Giants
    A's
    Mariners
    Rockies
    D Backs

    Texas

    Astros
    Rangers

    Teams that have played in Milwaukee
    Braves
    Brewers

    Team to lose to Yankees in playoffs

    Minnesota
    Rays


    Chicago divisio
    n
    Cubs
    White Sox

    Best Fans in Baseball, nay the world, nay the universe division
    Cardinals

    Mid-Atlantic
    Phillies
    Orioles

    Teams that you pay to play at your homecoming weekend home game division
    Reds
    Tigers
    Pirates
    Montreal
    Cleveland
    Nationals
    Marlins
    Royals
    Charlotte/Nashville
    You need a Nashville division for all the teams that intend to move there unless they get $785,000,000 for stadium upgrades and craft beer plazas.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    I find the geography requirement somewhat tedious, but it wants to apply itself here. In a 4-team division with radical realignment of the leagues, Chicago Cubs and Sox, St. Louis, Milwaukee is a nice packet since the fans travel well inside that map.

    Adding the Reds to that would also be OK, seeing as how the Cards and Cubs bring a lot of colors to GABP. Beyond that, though, you start getting into 6-team divisions and the goal is either 4 or 8. Conceivably, Cleveland is a good fit based on its perceived link to Cincy, then back to Chicago. But does that include the Twins, who are closer to Milwaukee? Or the Tigers, who can reach Chicago easily as well as Cleveland? Pittsburgh would mix well with Detroit for games nobody cares about.

    But some of those fan bases don't travel as well as others. The Cubs and Cardinals are notable because they have huge fan bases that have sustained their markets. It's easier to drive 3 hours for Cubs fans to get to Cincy than it is to find decent tickets at Wiggly Field. Pirates fans might come out of the cave if they decide to make a run at .500.

    There aren't a lot of alternatives if geographic divisional setups are the goal. Time zones matter a little but 3 of the 5 teams in the NL-C are in the Central zone anyhow.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by j.u.FAIRFIIELD View Post
    What happens if Nashville gets an expansion team?
    The other teams that want cities to build ballparks for them won't be able to threaten to move to Nashville if there's a team there.
    They need to be careful what they wish for. But there is not a "wealth" of cities in the continental US.
    I think that's what the article in the post immediately above you was written to do: get people used to the idea that Nashville will get an expansion team, but existing teams can look to move to Austin instead.
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

    Quote Originally Posted by WrongVerb View Post
    I think that's what the article in the post immediately above you was written to do: get people used to the idea that Nashville will get an expansion team, but existing teams can look to move to Austin instead.
    I wonder how Houston and the Rangers would feel about Austin getting a team?
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    Re: MLB Expansion Rumors: 'Radical Realignment' to be Considered for 32-Team League

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    I wonder how Houston and the Rangers would feel about Austin getting a team?
    They would be fine but only if the Austin team had the nickname "Powers"


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