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For :censored: and giggles I decided to do something based on the complete impossibility that both the Federal and Continental Leagues survived and joined MLB and eventually they got to 48 teams. Completely ignoring the lack of talent, lack of suitable markets, etc, and against my better judgement, here it is.

 

American League:

East:

Boston Red Sox

Montreal Royals (former Washington Senators, moved 1961)

Nashville Sounds (expansion, 1997)

New York Yankees

Norfolk Destroyers (expansion, 2013)

Orlando Challengers (expansion, 2013)

West:

Cleveland Blues

Detroit Tigers

Los Angeles Browns (former St. Louis Browns, moved 1942)

Phoenix Firebirds (expansion, 1997)

San Francisco Athletics (former Philadelphia Athletics, moved 1942)

Seattle White Sox (former Chicago White Sox)

 

National League:

East:

Cincinnati Reds

Jacksonville Suns (expansion, 1997)

Memphis Redbirds (expansion, 2013)

Milwaukee Braves (former Boston Braves, moved 1954)

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

West:

Chicago Cubs

Dallas Giants (former New York Giants, moved 1958)

Las Vegas Aviators (expansion, 2013)

San Diego Padres (former Brooklyn Dodgers, moved 1958)

St. Louis Cardinals

Vancouver Canadians (expansion, 1997)

 

Federal League:

East:

Baltimore Terrapins

Buffalo Bisons

Charlotte Hornets (expansion, 1985)

Hartford Chiefs (former St. Louis Terriers, moved 1924)

Newark Peppers (former Indianapolis Hoosiers, moved 1924)

Tampa Bay Tarpons (expansion, 1985)

West:

Chicago Whales

Indianapolis Stars (former Washington Senators/Brooklyn Tip-Tops, moved 1972/1965)

Kansas City Packers

Louisville Colonels (expansion, 2005)

San Antonio Missions (expansion, 2005)

Oakland Oaks (former Pittsburgh Rebels, moved 1954)

 

Continental League:

East:

Atlanta Firecrackers

Miami Marlins (expansion, 1979)

Minnesota Twins

New York Mets

Toronto Metros

Washington Senators (expansion, 2005)

West:

Denver Bears

Houston Astros

Los Angeles Angels

New Orleans Pelicans

Portland Beavers (expansion, 1979)

Sacramento Solons (expansion, 2005)

 

As I made this I realized how unbalanced some of the leagues are, but it serves the purpose well enough as a bit of an experiment. For whatever reason, figuring out what to do with the Rebels was the hardest, since I had mostly filled up suitable cities in the '50s. Most of it is impractical and I work off some leaps of logic (I doubt the A's would've gone with the Browns to the west coast in '42, the AL has no Chicago team, the NL has no NY team, etc) but it was a fun little experiment.

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2 hours ago, nelroy78 said:

So I guess the Charlotte NBA team becomes the Spirit if this had become reality.

Probably not, fans hated the name which led to the name-the-team contest that yielded Hornets, so I assume there would've been another contest, the winner just wouldn't have been Hornets. According to this website I found (I can't verify how accurate it is) other choices were Knights, Cougars, Spirit, Crowns, and Stars. I'd bet that Knights and Crowns would've been the leaders, and I bet Knights would've been selected as the team's name.

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Posted (edited)

I thought about 2 leagues:

 

The XBA - Xtreme Basketball Association. Basketball with some aspects of Slamball. 20 teams. Games on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Paramount Network and CBS All Access.

 

Eastern Conference

  • Atlanta Rise
  • Boston Dunkers
  • Charlotte Buzz
  • Indiana Power
  • Miami Citrus
  • New Jersey Jam
  • New York Mob
  • Philadelphia Slashers
  • Pittsburgh Steal
  • Washington Bandits

Western Conference

  • Chicago Bisons
  • Dallas Riders
  • Denver Rimrockers
  • Houston Cosmos
  • Las Vegas Bouncers
  • Los Angeles Diablos
  • Phoenix Flames
  • San Diego Warships
  • San Francisco Matadors
  • Seattle Flight

And now the Big3 becoming affiliated with the NBA. Ice Cube makes a deal with Adam Silver to be the official 3 on 3 basketball league of the NBA.

  • Albuquerque Aliens
  • Boston Tir Na Nog
  • Charlotte Killer 3s
  • Chicago Ball Hogs
  • Denver Bivouac
  • Houston Galaxy
  • Miami Salsa (formerly Trilogy)
  • New Orleans Hoodoo
  • New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Tri-State
  • Philadelphia Enemies
  • San Antonio Ghost Ballers
  • Seattle 3 Headed Monsters
  • Washington Sorcerers (formerly 3's Company)
Edited by TrueYankee26

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If I was the commissioner of the NBA, I would, of course bring back the Seattle SuperSonics. In order to make both the Eastern and Western Conferences even, I would also bring back the Kentucky Colonels from the old ABA. I can't really find a good division for the Grizzlies to be in their current city so I would move them back to Vancouver. The conference divisions would be similar to the NHL where there is 2 divisions with 8 teams, 16 teams in each conference. The divisions would look like this:

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION

-New York Knicks

-Brooklyn Nets

-Boston Celtics

-Philadelphia 76ers

-Toronto Raptors

-Washington Wizards

-Miami Heat

-Orlando Magic

 

CENTRAL DIVISION

-Cleveland Cavaliers

-Chicago Bulls

-Detroit Pistons

-Indiana Pacers

-Milwaukee Bucks

-Atlanta Hawks

-Charlotte Hornets

-Kentucky Colonels

 

MIDWEST DIVISION

-Minnesota Timberwolves

-Denver Nuggets

-Utah Jazz

-New Orleans Pelicans

-Oklahoma City Thunder

-Houston Rockets

-Dallas Mavericks

-San Antonio Spurs

 

PACIFIC DIVISION

-Los Angeles Lakers

-Los Angeles Clippers

-Golden State Warriors

-Sacramento Kings

-Phoenix Suns

-Portland Trail-Blazers

-Vancouver Grizzles

-Seattle Supersonics

 

I understand this is not the best division alignment, but I would love to hear any of your suggestions to improve it as well as opinions!

 

 

 

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@Jamesizzo, if you want an NBA with four divisions of eight teams apiece and you want to revive the Seattle SuperSonics, then I can think of two better ways to make that happen.

  1. Let all existing clubs stay where they are, forgo an NBA version of the Kentucky Colonels and thus enable the Memphis Grizzlies to play in the Central Division, and grant expansion franchises to both Seattle and another locale in the Pacific Time Zone; or
  2. force a reversal of the ethically questionable relocation that created the Oklahoma City Thunder and thus give the original SuperSonics franchise back to Seattle, have the Memphis Grizzlies play in the Midwest Division, and put expansion teams in both Louisville and someplace in the Pacific Time Zone.

 

The NBA's new team out west could be

  • in Las Vegas,
  • a third chance taken on San Diego (a former home of the Clippers and, before that, the original home of the Rockets),
  • a third team in the Greater Los Angeles region (The Vancouver Grizzlies' last owner, Michael Heisley, gave some thought to bringing that team to Anaheim before he chose Memphis as the Grizz' new home in 2001, and the Sacramento Kings came close to becoming the Anaheim Royals nearly a decade ago.),
  • a second team in the San Francisco Bay Area (Around the same time that Sacramento was on the brink of losing the Kings, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison tried to buy the current New Orleans NBA club and, despite his public denial of a desire to relocate that team, was heavily rumored at the time to have wanted to shift that franchise to San José.), or
  • a brand-new franchise for Vancouver.

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On 8/17/2020 at 2:39 PM, Jamesizzo said:

If I was the commissioner of the NBA, I would, of course bring back the Seattle SuperSonics. In order to make both the Eastern and Western Conferences even, I would also bring back the Kentucky Colonels from the old ABA. I can't really find a good division for the Grizzlies to be in their current city so I would move them back to Vancouver. The conference divisions would be similar to the NHL where there is 2 divisions with 8 teams, 16 teams in each conference. The divisions would look like this:

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION

-New York Knicks

-Brooklyn Nets

-Boston Celtics

-Philadelphia 76ers

-Toronto Raptors

-Washington Wizards

-Miami Heat

-Orlando Magic

 

CENTRAL DIVISION

-Cleveland Cavaliers

-Chicago Bulls

-Detroit Pistons

-Indiana Pacers

-Milwaukee Bucks

-Atlanta Hawks

-Charlotte Hornets

-Minnesota Timberwolves 

 

MIDWEST DIVISION

-Memphis Grizzlies

-Denver Nuggets

-Kansas City Knights

-New Orleans Pelicans

-Oklahoma City Thunder

-Houston Rockets

-Dallas Mavericks

-San Antonio Spurs

 

PACIFIC DIVISION

-Los Angeles Lakers

-Los Angeles Clippers

-Golden State Warriors

-Sacramento Kings

-Phoenix Suns

-Portland Trail-Blazers

-Utah Jazz

-Seattle Supersonics

 

I understand this is not the best division alignment, but I would love to hear any of your suggestions to improve it as well as opinions!

 

 

 

This would be a return to the pre-2004 format. I’d keep the Grizzlies in Memphis and in the West, and put the Timberwolves in the East. Even though Minnesota is further West than Memphis, they are right there with Milwaukee and Chicago. Memphis is relatively close to New Orleans. 
 

The reason for moving a West team East is because I would put an expansion team in Kansas City instead of Kentucky. San Diego or a return to Vancouver is intriguing but I don’t really want to put two expansion teams in one division.

 

The only thing I hate to do is split up Denver and Utah but that is unavoidable if adding Kansas City.

 

 

 

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If there was a way for the Grizzlies and Sonics to stay in the Pacific Northwest....

 

Pacific

Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Phoenix Suns

Sacramento Kings

 

Northwest

Denver Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers

Seattle Supersonics

Utah Jazz

Vancouver Grizzlies

 

Southwest

Dallas Mavericks

Houston Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Bison

San Antonio Spurs

 

Atlantic

Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers

New York Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers

Toronto Raptors

 

Central

Chicago Bulls

Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks

Minnesota Timberwolves


Southeast

Atlanta Hawks

Charlotte Hornets

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Washington Federals

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On 9/1/2020 at 10:23 PM, neo_prankster said:

If there was a way for the Grizzlies and Sonics to stay in the Pacific Northwest....

 

Pacific

Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Phoenix Suns

Sacramento Kings

 

Northwest

Denver Nuggets

Portland Trail Blazers

Seattle Supersonics

Utah Jazz

Vancouver Grizzlies

 

Southwest

Dallas Mavericks

Houston Rockets

New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Bison

San Antonio Spurs

 

Atlantic

Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers

New York Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers

Toronto Raptors

 

Central

Chicago Bulls

Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks

Minnesota Timberwolves


Southeast

Atlanta Hawks

Charlotte Hornets

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Washington Federals

Brooklyn relocated to Seattle?

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Another one for the NFL: NFL purchases the CFL in 2021 and absorbs it in the 2024 season after the CFL goes bankrupt due to COVID-19. What the NFL would look like in 2025 when they also add 8 new teams to make it a 50 team league with a 21 game schedule and 20 teams in the playoffs.

 

AFC Canada

  • BC Lions
  • Calgary Stampeders
  • Edmonton Ermines
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers

AFC East

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets
  • Norfolk Destroyers

AFC North

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Chicago Blitz (moves to St. Louis in 2030)
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South

  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Memphis Bulls
  • Nashville Titans

AFC West

  • Denver Broncos
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Los Angeles Earthquakes
  • San Diego Chargers

NFC Canada

  • Atlantic Schooners
  • Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Montreal Alouettes
  • Ottawa RedBlacks
  • Toronto Argonauts

NFC East

  • Dallas Cowboys

  • Hartford Hammerheads

  • New York Giants

  • Philadelphia Eagles

  • Washington Redtails

NFC North

  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Kentucky Bourbon (Louisville, KY)
  • Minnesota Vikings

NFC South

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Birmingham Vulcans
  • Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Utah Buzz

 

TV Rights: AFC to CBS (US) and CTV & TSN (Canada), NFC to FOX (US) and CBC & Rogers (Canada)

Edited by TrueYankee26

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or If the after the CFL gets taken over by The NFL and expands to 64 Teams, St. Louis will be one of the 14 Teams to join the NFL so we keep the Bourbon State to field an NFL Team which will play in Louisville (although we had the NBA expanded to Louisville to be called the Kentucky Colonels) in addition expand to Sacramento, Portland, Mexico City, Orlando, Birmingham, San Antonio, Shreveport and others.

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13 hours ago, sportsfan7 said:

I'd replace either the Blitz or Bourbun with St Louis

In 2030 the Blitz do move to St. Louis after early struggles and Bears fandom being too strong in Chicago

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10 hours ago, TrueYankee26 said:

In 2030 the Blitz do move to St. Louis after early struggles and Bears fandom being too strong in Chicago

I Hope we can call the new St. Louis team the Gunners in addition for Post-COVID 19 Expansion after the NFL buys the CFL and becomes a 50 Team League, the League could expand to 64 Teams and maybe the NFL could get an expansion team in Oakland, CA.

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Well, things could get interesting for the NHL next season, the very real possibility of no travel between Canada and the US could make for a seven team all Canada division, with 3 eight team divisions south of the border.

CANADA:

MON, OTT, TOR, WIN, EDM, CAL, VAN

EAST:

BUF, BOS, NYI, NYR, NJ, PHI, PIT, WAS

CENTRAL?:

CAR, TB, FLA, NSH, CHI, DET, CLB, STL

WEST:

MIN, DAL, ARZ, COL, VEG, LA, ANA, SJ

 

Rough call for that eighth western team, sorry Wild!

 

The NHL  could plan to play the first half of the season in division, 42 games each team. (Canada x7 each opponent, US teams x6 each opponent).

This may buy them some time to figure out a second half of the season (unless arena dates need to be plugged in by a certain date), allowing time for covid rates to hopefully slow/drop, or just schedule another 42 games for each team in their division.

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With the West Coast League going to 15 teams, I think the divisional format should be easy to figure out.

 

North

-Edmonton

-Kamloops

-Kelowna

-Naniamo

-Victoria

 

Central

-Bellingham

-Port Angeles

-Walla Walla

-Wenatchee

-Yakima Valley

 

South

-Bend

-Corvallis

-Cowlitz

-Portland

-Ridgefield

 

It's usually a 54 game schedule, so there's 24 games against your division foes (3 at home, 3 away) and 30 games against the other 10 teams (5 of them at home and the other 5 away)

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With the recent news that Mickey Mouse Club/*NSYNC veteran Justin Timberlake has joined the “MLB to Nashville” movement, here’s my plan for 32-team realignment with expansion to Nashville (Stars is the reported nickname) and Charlotte.

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Can’t have the NL East without the Braves! Flipping the Rockies and Astros splits the 8 western clubs evenly between the leagues. Plus both Texas teams leave their West Coast division and reunite with old foes.

 

Each team gets ONE annual interleague rival. For the expansion clubs, yearly pairings are Nashville-Detroit (Music City vs. Motor City) and Charlotte-Atlanta. If the Rays someday move to Montreal, then Charlotte and Toronto could swap divisions to get the Canadian teams together, but what about interleague? Expos-Pirates revival, perhaps?

 

Annual interleague pairings: TOR-PIT, BOS-PHI, NYY-NYM, BAL-WSH, DET-NSH, CLE-CIN, CHA-ATL, TB-MIA, CHW-CHC, MIN-MIL, KC-STL, TEX-HOU, COL-ARZ, SEA-SD, OAK-SF, LAA-LAD

 

Scheduling for 162-game season:

20 games each against 3 division rivals (60 total)

7-8 games against 12 league rivals (86 total)

16 interleague games:

3 against every team from one division (6 home, 6 away)

4-game home-and-home against annual interleague rival

 

Using the Orioles and Nationals as an example: When AL East faces any NL division other than East, the O’s play those four NL clubs (12 games) and the Nats (4 games). When AL East meets NL East every four years, the O’s play 3 each against the entire NL East including the Nats, and they also have their annual Nats home-and-home, hence 7 O’s-Nats games total. If their 3-game series is in Washington, then 5 of their 7 games are there. Four years later the O’s host the 3-game series.

 

As for Charlotte-Atlanta: When NL East faces AL East and Atlanta’s division rivals play 7 versus their annual opponents, the Braves get their usual 4 with Charlotte. Only when NL East takes on AL Mideast do we get 7 of Atlanta-Charlotte.

 

Postseason: In non-COVID years 10 teams out of 30 make the postseason (33% of the clubs). Post-expansion I’d go with 12 out of 32 (37.5%). Two wild cards per league travel to the two lowest-seeded division champs’ ballparks for a best-of-3. Winners advance to face the two higher seeded division champions in a best-of-5 LDS, followed by the usual best-of-7 LCS and best-of-7 World Series.

Edited by MartyMcFlyKavanaugh

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On 9/24/2020 at 10:36 PM, MartyMcFlyKavanaugh said:

With the recent news that Mickey Mouse Club/*NSYNC veteran Justin Timberlake has joined the “MLB to Nashville” movement, here’s my plan for 32-team realignment with expansion to Nashville (Stars is the reported nickname) and Charlotte.

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Can’t have the NL East without the Braves! Flipping the Rockies and Astros splits the 8 western clubs evenly between the leagues. Plus both Texas teams leave their West Coast division and reunite with old foes.

 

Each team gets ONE annual interleague rival. For the expansion clubs, yearly pairings are Nashville-Detroit (Music City vs. Motor City) and Charlotte-Atlanta. If the Rays someday move to Montreal, then Charlotte and Toronto could swap divisions to get the Canadian teams together, but what about interleague? Expos-Pirates revival, perhaps?

 

Annual interleague pairings: TOR-PIT, BOS-PHI, NYY-NYM, BAL-WSH, DET-NSH, CLE-CIN, CHA-ATL, TB-MIA, CHW-CHC, MIN-MIL, KC-STL, TEX-HOU, COL-ARZ, SEA-SD, OAK-SF, LAA-LAD

 

Scheduling for 162-game season:

20 games each against 3 division rivals (60 total)

7-8 games against 12 league rivals (86 total)

16 interleague games:

3 against every team from one division (6 home, 6 away)

4-game home-and-home against annual interleague rival

 

Using the Orioles and Nationals as an example: When AL East faces any NL division other than East, the O’s play those four NL clubs (12 games) and the Nats (4 games). When AL East meets NL East every four years, the O’s play 3 each against the entire NL East including the Nats, and they also have their annual Nats home-and-home, hence 7 O’s-Nats games total. If their 3-game series is in Washington, then 5 of their 7 games are there. Four years later the O’s host the 3-game series.

 

As for Charlotte-Atlanta: When NL East faces AL East and Atlanta’s division rivals play 7 versus their annual opponents, the Braves get their usual 4 with Charlotte. Only when NL East takes on AL Mideast do we get 7 of Atlanta-Charlotte.

 

Postseason: In non-COVID years 10 teams out of 30 make the postseason (33% of the clubs). Post-expansion I’d go with 12 out of 32 (37.5%). Two wild cards per league travel to the two lowest-seeded division champs’ ballparks for a best-of-3. Winners advance to face the two higher seeded division champions in a best-of-5 LDS, followed by the usual best-of-7 LCS and best-of-7 World Series.

Swap Atlanta/Pittsbugh and Houston/Cincinnati. And call them CENTRAL and SOUTH instead of Midwest/east.

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6 hours ago, McCall said:

Swap Atlanta/Pittsbugh and Houston/Cincinnati. And call them CENTRAL and SOUTH instead of Midwest/east.

 

On 9/24/2020 at 11:36 PM, MartyMcFlyKavanaugh said:

With the recent news that Mickey Mouse Club/*NSYNC veteran Justin Timberlake has joined the “MLB to Nashville” movement, here’s my plan for 32-team realignment with expansion to Nashville (Stars is the reported nickname) and Charlotte.

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Can’t have the NL East without the Braves! Flipping the Rockies and Astros splits the 8 western clubs evenly between the leagues. Plus both Texas teams leave their West Coast division and reunite with old foes.

 

Each team gets ONE annual interleague rival. For the expansion clubs, yearly pairings are Nashville-Detroit (Music City vs. Motor City) and Charlotte-Atlanta. If the Rays someday move to Montreal, then Charlotte and Toronto could swap divisions to get the Canadian teams together, but what about interleague? Expos-Pirates revival, perhaps?

 

Annual interleague pairings: TOR-PIT, BOS-PHI, NYY-NYM, BAL-WSH, DET-NSH, CLE-CIN, CHA-ATL, TB-MIA, CHW-CHC, MIN-MIL, KC-STL, TEX-HOU, COL-ARZ, SEA-SD, OAK-SF, LAA-LAD

 

Scheduling for 162-game season:

20 games each against 3 division rivals (60 total)

7-8 games against 12 league rivals (86 total)

16 interleague games:

3 against every team from one division (6 home, 6 away)

4-game home-and-home against annual interleague rival

 

Using the Orioles and Nationals as an example: When AL East faces any NL division other than East, the O’s play those four NL clubs (12 games) and the Nats (4 games). When AL East meets NL East every four years, the O’s play 3 each against the entire NL East including the Nats, and they also have their annual Nats home-and-home, hence 7 O’s-Nats games total. If their 3-game series is in Washington, then 5 of their 7 games are there. Four years later the O’s host the 3-game series.

 

As for Charlotte-Atlanta: When NL East faces AL East and Atlanta’s division rivals play 7 versus their annual opponents, the Braves get their usual 4 with Charlotte. Only when NL East takes on AL Mideast do we get 7 of Atlanta-Charlotte.

 

Postseason: In non-COVID years 10 teams out of 30 make the postseason (33% of the clubs). Post-expansion I’d go with 12 out of 32 (37.5%). Two wild cards per league travel to the two lowest-seeded division champs’ ballparks for a best-of-3. Winners advance to face the two higher seeded division champions in a best-of-5 LDS, followed by the usual best-of-7 LCS and best-of-7 World Series.

I agree swapping the Braves and Pirates and Reds and Astros would work best, but I can’t see the Braves going for expansion in BOTH Charlotte and Nashville. Then again we would make a killing for DOUBLE territorial infringement. I am a huge fan of sending the Astros back where they belong in exchange for the Rockies. Hoping that another team isn’t placed on the West Coast, the Rockies would otherwise have to be placed in a “Midwest” division with the Royals, Rangers and Twins. (If moved to the AL). Rooting for Nashville and Montreal. But Tampa will probably end up moving somewhere. 

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Here is my proposal for a 32-team, eight-division setup for Major League Baseball, assuming that all existing teams stay where they are:

 

  • American League
    • East Division
      • Baltimore Orioles
      • Boston Red Sox
      • New York Yankees
      • Toronto Blue Jays
    • North Division
      • Chicago White Sox
      • Cleveland Guardians (renaming)
      • Detroit Tigers
      • Minnesota Twins
    • South Division
      • Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers (renaming)
      • Kansas City Royals
      • Nashville Stars (expansion)
      • Tampa Bay Rays
    • West Division
      • Anaheim Angels (renaming)
      • Arizona Diamondbacks (league swap)
      • Oakland Athletics
      • Seattle Mariners
  • National League
    • East Division
      • New York Mets
      • Philadelphia Phillies
      • Pittsburgh Pirates
      • Washington Nationals
    • North Division
      • Chicago Cubs
      • Colorado Rockies
      • Milwaukee Brewers
      • St. Louis Cardinals
    • South Division
      • Atlanta Braves
      • Cincinnati Reds
      • Houston Astros (league swap)
      • Miami Marlins
    • West Division
      • Los Angeles Dodgers
      • San Diego Padres
      • San Francisco Giants
      • Vancouver Maroons (expansion)

 

With this alignment, and particularly with the placement of expansion teams, geographic symmetry is paramount:

  1. A switch of leagues between the Astros and the Diamondbacks not only brings the NL back to Texas, but also gives the AL a presence in the Mountain West.
  2. A Vancouver NL expansion franchise endows the Senior Circuit with both a return to Canada and a presence in the Pacific Northwest.
  3. A Nashville AL expansion franchise means that, at last, the Junior Circuit has a team in a southeastern state other than Florida.
  4. Each league's East division consists solely of teams located both north of the Potomac River and east of the State of Ohio.
  5. Each league's South division has one team apiece in Texas, Florida, a second southeastern state, and the Lower Midwest.
  6. Each league's West division includes a Pacific Northwest club and contains only teams located west of the Continental Divide.
Edited by Walk-Off
I changed my mind about the Angels' and Rangers' geographic identifiers.

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