Realignment and it feels so good.
•Divisional teams will play each other 18 teams apiece. That’s 72 games.
•Each team will play members of the other two divisions in its league six times apiece. That’s 60 games.
•And each division will play a designated division in the other league six times apiece. In other words, the Angels would play home-and-home series against the NL East one year, the Central the next year, the West the year after that. That ensures that every team in baseball would come to Angel Stadium at least once every three seasons.
That makes 162 games.
Why not a sweeping realignment that will do away with the leagues, which no longer have executive structures or their own umpires?
Why not play more games in the same time zones, raising local TV ratings and pleasing sponsors?
Like this, for example:
WEST: Dodgers, Angels, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego.
MOUNTAIN: Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Seattle, Houston.
SOUTH: Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Florida, Tampa Bay.
LAKES: Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toronto.
MIDWEST: Cubs, White Sox, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City.
EAST: Yankees, Mets, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh