MLB, it's time to fix things...


As a lot of you know, I have bemoaned on here before about the unfairness between the two leagues.  Since we are in the midst of Interleague Play (which I actually like to a degree), I'll complain a little more.

I am shouting it from the rooftops so all can hear:

Life is better in the American League, EVEN with the Yankees and the Red Sox

Analysts love to mention that the AL is the superior league with better talent.  I am sure in some ways that is true, but to what extent?  Does interleague play record really show the difference?  I don't think there are any real answers to this, but I do know this it is almost impossible to measure since there are multiple differences between the two leagues, and most benefit the AL.

Problem: The DH is a huge advantage for American League teams.  How NL owners don't see this inherent disadvantage in interleague play and the World Series, I have no idea.  American League teams pay one player to be the DH at all times.  NL teams do not have that luxury.  Look at Sheffield for an example.  A rumor had him coming to the Phillies this past year and he wouldn't because he thought there was no chance at starting at all.  That was 42 year old Gary Sheffield.  DH stats are skewed because often a better hitter on a NL team will DH while the slick fielder plays in his spot.  However, look at the bottom of the list.  Even with a small sample size, we see the bottom 10 teams are all NL teams.  Sketchy data?  Sure, but I think we can still see a pattern there.

Solution: Put the DH in the NL.  I don't care to see pitchers hit.  It's not fun and is usually aggravating watching a pitcher hit with 2 on and 2 out.  The DH is a good rule and should be adopted in the NL.

Problem: The number of teams in each league.  The AL has 14 teams while the NL has 16.  This creates a disadvantage for NL Central teams and a significant advantage for AL West teams.  If all those teams were identical, the AL West team would have a 25% chance at making the post season while the NL Central team has a 16% chance.  In addition, if you remove the 3 division winners, there are 11 AL teams fighting for the WC spot and 13 NL teams.  That's a 9% chance for an AL team to get the WC and a 7.7% chance for an NL team.  That makes it even easier for an AL West team and harder for an NL Central team.

Solution: There are 2 possible ones.  Option A is to move the Brewers back (or whatever) and have an interleague series occur all the time.  I kinda like that, but I like option B better.  Add two more teams to MLB and split them up like the NFL does with 4 per division and 8 divisions overall.  Then, make a TRUE divisional series by having the best team in the division play the #2 team to see who makes it into the "playoffs".  That removes the problem with the unbalanced schedule screwing over teams fighting for the WC in harder divisions.  Yeah, half the teams make the playoffs, but honestly, getting more cities involved is always more fun.

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