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Old 07-27-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

AL West = 4 teams

NL Central = 6 teams

every other division = 5 teams




it still doesn't make any sense no matter what the explanation is.

Houston should go to the AL West... problem solved.
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Old 07-27-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

The main thing I can't figure out is how to watch the sport without falling asleep.

It's more effective than Ambien.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

You need to have even teams in each league. AL has 14 and NL has 16. That way all teams can play in one day instead of two teams always sitting, because they have no one to face. (Unless you play interleague year-round). But as far as you not being able to figure it out, there it is...
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:25 PM   #4
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

If there's something wrong with baseball, it's not that there are 2 divisions that have an even number of teams. More about finding a way to get people to sit through games more consistently
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:31 PM   #5
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You need to have even teams in each league. AL has 14 and NL has 16. That way all teams can play in one day instead of two teams always sitting, because they have no one to face. (Unless you play interleague year-round). But as far as you not being able to figure it out, there it is...
there is interleague play...that can't be it

I remember this coming up in here a couple years ago and someone posted a linnk that explained it.

I can't remember what the explanation was though...
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:56 PM   #6
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

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there is interleague play...that can't be it

I remember this coming up in here a couple years ago and someone posted a linnk that explained it.

I can't remember what the explanation was though...

Interleague is only a few set number of games/year. That is the reason.
Either AL needs to add 2, or NL needs to subtract 2.
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

no salary cap is all what you need to know about MLB
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:30 AM   #8
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Interleague is only a few set number of games/year. That is the reason.
Either AL needs to add 2, or NL needs to subtract 2.
AL 14 + 2 = 16...NL 16 - 2 = 14. We'd be back to having 14 and 16 again but just the other league around.

As for the OP's question...could postseason set up of the wildcard and 3 divisions in each league be the reason? You need sets of 4 or 8 or 16 to have a playoff bracket unless you go with the NFL format were two teams get a bye.
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

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AL 14 + 2 = 16...NL 16 - 2 = 14. We'd be back to having 14 and 16 again but just the other league around.

he said "or" not, "and"

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there is interleague play...that can't be it

I mentioned interleague. How many interleague series are there during the year? like 6 or so? That's about it. You don't play interleague throughout the year...
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:01 AM   #10
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The main thing I can't figure out is how to watch the sport without falling asleep.

It's more effective than Ambien.

you have to be a baller my friend
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:01 AM   #11
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Oh my bad, Sarcastic.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:09 AM   #12
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

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You need to have even teams in each league. AL has 14 and NL has 16. That way all teams can play in one day instead of two teams always sitting, because they have no one to face. (Unless you play interleague year-round). But as far as you not being able to figure it out, there it is...
End thread. Doesnt make sense at first glance but it's the perfect way to do it without adding teams or year round interleague.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:23 AM   #13
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Default Re: The one thing about MLB that I still can't figure out...

One of the factors was the switch of Milwaukee to the National League. This was a team owned by MLB and headed by Selig, they wanted to make the team relevant adn not slip into KC Royals #2.
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