MLB Considering Division Realignment if 2020 Season is Played
With MLB considering playing games at Spring Training facilities to get the 2020 season in, these new-look divisions would make things extremely interesting.
A couple of days ago, reports surfaced that the MLB was considering playing the 2020 season starting in May in Arizona because of the proximity of the spring training facilities. However, to reduce travel, the MLB would realign division based on the location of Spring Training facilities and where these teams play their spring games. Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, this is what the alignment would look like with teams in their respective leagues:
The Cactus League West would be a gauntlet. More than likely, the Dodgers would come out triumphant but essentially all of those teams could be vying for a playoff spot, assuming the seven-team playoff format would take effect in the fall. A division like the Cactus League Northwest would be a cakewalk given the most recent transactions in the offseason.
The purpose of this divisional alignment would be to limit travel as much as possible for each team. One perk would be for the TV rights owners, as stated by Nightengale, since games would play across the eastern and western timezones. American League fans will rejoice if this realignment meant the universal designated hitter would be implemented for every team. It seems like the league is headed in that direction anyway, but it is refreshing to see that rule possibly take shape.
At the end of the day, every fan wants baseball, but the league still has a series of hoops to jump through to make that happen. The health and safety of players, coaches, and staff should be at the forefront. After all, they are discussing starting a season with no vaccine in place for COVID-19.