So they are talking about another semi-realignment in Major League Baseball, and it involves moving either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox into the American League Central, and taking them out of the powerful American League East. That is a very interesting concept. Actually, calling it interesting is just a more polite way of saying, gee, I think that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!
MLB claims that it would make it more fair to separate these two payroll giants. It has recently been said that teams like the Tampa Rays and Toronto Blue Jays have no chance to compete for the playoffs because they have to face New York and Boston each 19 times per year. And no, Orioles fans, I didn’t forget you…I just don’t feel the need to mention your team. Face it – you stink and no one wants to come there – not even your home grown talents like Mark Texeira, who the Yankees Universe is still drooling over with great cause!
Have we already forgotten that it was just two years ago that the Rays were the AL representative in the World Series? And the Red Sox won the Wild Card. The Yankees were on the outside. Yes, the Yankees have won more championships than any other franchise, and the Red Sox have won two titles in the last six years. Is it fair? No! But the entire way MLB operates is unfair. No cap, poor draft rules, and little competition. Is Bud Selig just realizing this now?
Yes, the Yanks and Sox spend a ton of money. They do every year. But changing them to the AL Central will not change that fact. They will just go from beating up on the O’s and Jays to destroying the Royals and Indians. What is the difference? One will dominate the East, one will dominate the Central, and two other playoff sports will be up for grabs. Nothing changes.
Thus, this is just another moronic idea from that hair-brained commissioner, Bud Selig. You know him as one of the few men who makes a big profit in MLB. I’m surprised he doesn’t make a play to move his Milwaukee Brewers to the NL West, giving them a better shot at the postseason year in and year out. The only thing we need to move is Selig himself – right out of the commissioner’s office!