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Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

Mar 20, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, speaking to the Associated Press about the idea of realigning the league’s divisions:

“When I am on long airport rides I will fiddle around with divisions and
things.  The one thing about it: you come up with 100 different
[scenarios].”

It’s nice to hear that Bud is at least thinking about making a change to the current system, which features a lopsided amount of teams in the NL and AL, but 100 different scenarios?  Is it really that complicated?  And that’s quite an image — Selig “fiddling” around with “divisions and things.”  Perhaps we should just move on.

  1. Gerry M - Mar 20, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    That’s nice, that he’s thinking, trying something new. 100 scenarios? He must be driving to every airport and skipping the actual flights.

  2. Bobby - Mar 21, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    Well the AL and NL either need to be lopsided or their needs to be interleague play all season long.

  3. Joey B - Mar 21, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Always nice to have criticisms without suggestions. I used to get paid to point out problems, and not to suggest solutions, and yes, it is fun. The problem with evening it out is that you need to find two more cities to expand in.

  4. ditmars1929 - Mar 21, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Two more cities to expand into? Joey, all you’d have to do is move Houston from the NL Central to the AL West.

  5. rob b - Mar 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Expand by two teams? Get rid of teams is more like it. You send Milwaukee back to the AL and ax the Marlins, Pirates, or Nationals.

  6. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    The Feesh now have an all but millennial obligation to Macondo to provide a revenue stream to pay off their part of Banana Massacre Field. MLB just invested a small fortune in moving the Gnats to Washington from Montreal (remember Montreal?) and developing a new stadium there. Peetsburgh is one of the oldest and most tradition-encrusted franchises in baseball. None of ‘em are going anywhere. Moving Houston to the AL West makes much more sense since it’s the cheapest and easiest solution, and that division lacks a bona fide patsy. Even so, with all of its fouled air and water, I hate to see the designated clubber inflicted on Houston or, for that matter, on any other unsuspecting city.

  7. Joey B - Mar 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    “Two more cities to expand into? Joey, all you’d have to do is move Houston from the NL Central to the AL West.”
    Then you’d have 15 teams in each league, so you’d have to have an interleague game each day, or you’d need to have a team take off every day.

  8. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    An interleague series on at any given time? That’d be fine with me. I know some folks don’t care much for interleague play but, aside from NL fans having to endure the tedium of designatedhitterball every so often, the idea of fans in any city getting a chance to see all the stars of the game regardless of the league of the resident team can’t hurt the game in any way that I can see. I’d like to see Joe Mauer play in Macondo, and the Feesh’s infield play wouldn’t seem to smell as bad in the boreal grip of that fresh Minny air.
    .
    Further expansion would just dilute the talent pool even further. The only advantage to it I could see is that MLB could offer the Player’s Association 50 more permanent job slots per year in return for scrapping that soporific obscenity known as the DH. On that basis, I could be talked into it.

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