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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

MLB Realignment? 

Jim Bouton appeared on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike show this morning and proposed something interesting. I was in the process of getting cut off in my car during the interview, but Bouton said something along the lines that MLB should realign itself to create leagues according to the size of the market in which teams play or team worth. His theory is that why place the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the same division as the Yankees and Redsox when the discrepancy between team market size, team worth and resulting payroll virtually assures that they will not win the division. Obviously this is a unique proposal and one that has just as much chance of being implemented as the Devil Rays taking the AL East (which is ironic), but you can't deny it has some beneficial aspects to it. Using Forbe's 2001 franchise values as a guide (it seems dated regarding several teams, such as the Phillies), here is what the divisions might look like:

The Mo Money Divisions

Yankees
Mets
Braves
Dodgers
Indians

Rangers
Redsox
Orioles
Rockies
Giants

The Middle Class Divisions

Mariners
Astros
Tigers
Cubs
Diamondbacks

Cardinals
Whitesox
Pirates
Brewers
Angels

The "Please Sir Can I Have Some More" Divisions

Reds
Padres
Blue Jays
Phillies
Devil Rays

A's
Royals
Marlins
Twins
Expos
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