Was just perusing Rob Neyer’s Chat transcript from Dec. 1, and someone posed this question….
Rob- Can you explain to me why MLB continues to have 4 AL West teams and 6 NL Central teams?
I’ve thought about this before, and the answer has always been simple in my mind. Move the Royals to the AL West, and switch the Brewers back to the AL in the Central division. Switching leagues is iffy, but the Brewers have spent the majority of their existence in the American League. As for Kansas City, the Chiefs play in the AFC West, and the Texas Rangers are stuck traveling to and from the Pacific Coast all season long. Now, every division has five teams. Here are the ones that would change….
NL Central: Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
AL Central: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minnesota
AL West: Anaheim, Kansas City, Oakland, Seattle, Texas
If Bud doesn’t want to move his team to the AL, I’d happily welcome the Pirates into the AL West, but that makes far less sense. Anyway, if anyone can find any flaws in my realignment, please comment. If not, please forward to Mr. Selig. Thank you.