Will Brewers & MLB Be Moving Divisions?
An interesting article came out in Baseball America yesterday talking about the potential of Major League Baseball moving to 32 teams with two expansion teams (Portland and Montreal), and four divisions only wiping out American and National League. It’s a fascinating read on Major League Baseball potentially going through its greatest facelift ever. If this were to happen, the Milwaukee Brewers would have been in the MLB playoffs for one game at least in early October or late September.
Now, this is one proposal over the likely hundreds that are on the table for MLB at this point with expansion on its way. My guess is the problem right now is there would be an imbalance of teams with each division currently sitting at five. Manfred appears to want to expand versus displace teams which is a contrast to his football counterpart. At first glance of this proposal, Milwaukee would be in a very tough division. Imagine being lumped in yearly with the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. That’s a hard hill to climb most seasons. Brewers would have the fourth-best record in that division this season, although, they would still qualify considering they had one of the 10 best records.
I’m curious to know where Mark Attanasio stands on adding more markets to baseball as well as this proposal. If the author feels that this might be where we are headed in the game, that could mean the eliminate of the pitcher batting. As much as I love a good National League baseball game, it’s probably time to make that change. Imagine how different Milwaukee’s season is if pitcher did not have to bat this year. No Junior Guerra, Chase Anderson or Jimmy Nelson injury. Also, the DH would give Ryan Braun the opportunity to stay with the team as the outfield has grown plentiful.
We shall see if change is going to come for baseball.