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My Realignment of MLB

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Manfred has expressed interest in expansion teams in the near future, so here is my take on what the league would look like if teams were added in Montréal and Portland.

AL East

Baltimore

Boston

New York

Toronto

AL North

Chicago

Cleveland

Detroit

Pittsburgh

AL South

Houston

Kansas City

Tampa Bay

Texas

AL West

Anaheim

Oakland

Portland

Seattle

NL East

Montréal

New York

Philadelphia

Washington

NL North

Chicago

Colorado

Milwaukee

Minnesota

NL South

Atlanta

Cincinnati

Miami

St. Louis

NL West

Arizona

Los Angeles

San Diego

San Francisco

Regular Season Schedule

  • 24 games against each intra-division opponent (four 3-game series, two 4-game series, two doubleheaders)
    • 72 games total
  • 6 games against each inter-division, intra-league opponent (two 3-game series)
    • 72 games total
  • 3 games against each inter-league opponent within a division (one 3-game series)
    • 12 total

= 156 games total

Playoff Format

  • The team with the best winning percentage in each division, as well as the non-division-winner with the highest winning percentage, will advance to the postseason, seeded 1 through 5 by winning percentage (ties are broken by head-to-head season series, if still tied then by intra-divisional play). Seeds 1, 2, and 3 advance to the Division Series.
  • Seed 4 hosts seed 5 in a best-of-three Play-In Series (1/1/1 format). The winner moves on to the Division Series.
  • The four remaining teams play in a best-of-five Division Series (2/2/1 format). The winners move on to the Championship Series.
    • Seed 1 hosts PIS winner
    • Seed 2 hosts seed 3
  • The host of the best-of-seven Championship Series (2/3/2 format) is determined by regular-season winning percentage.
  • The winner in each league moves on to face each other in the best-of-seven World Series (2/3/2 format).

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