AÂ recent article on BGB proposing a new MLB structure, â€˜The â€œFinal Cutâ€ system: Nellieâ€™s big league viewâ€™, looked at a topic that is being debated by many right now, as shownÂ by a recent â€˜Game Changersâ€™ article on MLB.com
Game Changers is a series that sets the scene for some of the biggest debates in baseball today (use of Designated Hitters etc) and then provides a forum within which baseball fans can argue their points of view.Â
Division realignment was the most recent topic under consideration and the article notes that the matter was reportedly â€œraised in discussions held by the Special Committee for On-Field Matters appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig late last yearâ€.Â So maybe theyâ€™ll pick up on Nellieâ€™s idea?!
Division realignment and Interleague Play are two topics that go hand-in-hand and the latter was looked at in the previous â€˜Game Changerâ€™ feature.Â
One of my pet hates of the current system is the way in which the unbalanced scheduled basically creates an unfair competition, in which teams fighting for a division can get a boost by playing a more favourable schedule than their opponent(s).Â Interleague play accentuates this problem and a recent article by Sports Illustratedâ€™s Tom Verducci shows how.