Posted by: laughs4dads | April 3, 2010

Weekend Rant #3

About once a month, I’ll be doing an extra, off-topic weekend posting about something I find annoying or lacking in common sense.

Today’s topic: Major League Baseball®.

It’s the start of a new season, when every team is tied for first, and every fan’s hope of a championship shines brightly.

Except the fans who root for small market teams.

You know, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Kansas City Royals, the teams that don’t have the budgets to pay the big stars, that must rely on superior scouting and shrewd trades to even take on the appearance of being a big league team. They just never have a chance.

But I have common sense solution.

Within each league, simply forget about the geographic divisions and instead divide the teams by payroll. Let’s say two divisions of 7 teams in the American League, 8 in the National. You set a deadline date for locking in payroll sometime before the schedules are done. And then you have your two divisions, the haves and the have-nots, only named with more subtlety.

The teams play mostly within their own divisions throughout the season, against teams with equal resources. Then, on the assumption that any team can beat any other in a short series at any given time, the winners of the two divisions face off to see who goes to the World Series. Or maybe, if TV money wants an extra round of playoffs, the top two teams from each division compete.

You’d have a built in David vs. Goliath story, so that the fans of the “have” champions could root for their teams while the rest of the country could root against them. And every team would have a fair shot to at least get to the post season.

There. Problem solved.

Oh, yeah, and let’s get rid of the DH while we’re at it.

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