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Major League Baseball Labor Talks Could Yield Realignment, New Playoff System

Just when you thought genetically-modified foods, cars that park themselves and Barack Obama as a right-leaning moderate were about as much change as you could handle, along comes Major League Baseball to potentially ruffle your pastime feathers once more. TV personality and baseball insider Buster Olney has the scoop:

A simple form of realignment being seriously considered has been raised in the labor talks between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, according to four sources: two leagues of 15 teams, rather than the current structure of 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American League.

According to a highly ranked executive, one consideration that has been raised in ownership committee meetings is eliminating the divisions altogether, so that 15 AL and 15 NL teams would vie for five playoff spots within each league. Currently, Major League Baseball has six divisions.

While Olney’s article notes that the plan is still “less than 50-50,” it does speculate that the Houston Astros could be the team to move from NL to AL in order to create a rivalry with state-mates, the Texas Rangers.

What’s next? Black alternate away uniforms for the Yankees? Batting helmet cams? The implementation of Google satellite technology to detect high concentrations of resin and pine tar? Leave it alone, guys…


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