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The West Division

So in the current proposal,which is likely to be agreed upon in some form,the Padres would play in the West Division.

NL West + AL West.

Just looking at it it doesn't appear to be an easy Division but then again,none of the three new divisions could really be called "easy".

While each adds some poor teams it also adds some really good ones.

Just looking at it quickly how would you "guess" the Division to end up after an 82 game schedule?

My guess would be:

1.Dodgers

2.Astros

3.D-Backs

4.A's

5.Angels

6.Padres

7.Rangers

8.Rockies

9.Giants

10.Mariners

I'm not sure of the Playoff details?

How will they determine the Wild Card teams to be sure to have an even number of NL and AL teams?

 

The version I heard was the AL West and NL West would stay in tact but the only games outside of their individual Division would be with the other "West" Division.

Something like the Padres playing each of the AL West teams for 6 games (3 home / 3 away) ... 30 games. Padres would play each of the other 4 NL West teams for 12 games (6 home / 6 away) ... 48 games. Season total of 78 games.

Each NL Division winner plus Wild Card teams would expand to 4 ... or 7 playoff teams (out of the 15) in each league. Note that more money is made with more TV wild card games than maybe playing a couple more regular season games. I guess also more incentive for teams to actually try to play with purpose in 2020 rather than just tank. No real word on how they would pick the 4 wild card teams in each league and whether the wild card round would expand to a 3 or 5 game series (even more TV revenue).

Guessing they would get the 1st and 2nd place team and the "best" record 3rd place team to fill the 7. The Division winner with the best record gets round 1 off and the remaining teams play the playoff wild card rounds to get down to the four for the "Division Series".

Money is always the key and expanded playoffs will generate unschedule TV money while fewer regular season games would reduce some losses (if you believe the league). Actually this expanded playoffs is the league plan going forward with the 2nd best Division winner record selecting its opponent ... 3rd best Division winner record picking their opponent out of the remaining teams and the last two play each other by default.

Works for me if we can get any sense of real baseball.

Baseball with no fans is like playing intersquad....this whole virus thing is a _______________ (fill in the blank)

Just be our luck that a Padre Pitcher throws the first No Hitter in team history and nobody is there to see it, feel it or hear it so it is kinda like.....if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to see it or hear it......does it really make any noise?

Quote from fenn68 on May 13, 2020, 1:52 pm

The version I heard was the AL West and NL West would stay in tact but the only games outside of their individual Division would be with the other "West" Division.

Something like the Padres playing each of the AL West teams for 6 games (3 home / 3 away) ... 30 games. Padres would play each of the other 4 NL West teams for 12 games (6 home / 6 away) ... 48 games. Season total of 78 games.

Each NL Division winner plus Wild Card teams would expand to 4 ... or 7 playoff teams (out of the 15) in each league. Note that more money is made with more TV wild card games than maybe playing a couple more regular season games. I guess also more incentive for teams to actually try to play with purpose in 2020 rather than just tank. No real word on how they would pick the 4 wild card teams in each league and whether the wild card round would expand to a 3 or 5 game series (even more TV revenue).

Guessing they would get the 1st and 2nd place team and the "best" record 3rd place team to fill the 7. The Division winner with the best record gets round 1 off and the remaining teams play the playoff wild card rounds to get down to the four for the "Division Series".

Money is always the key and expanded playoffs will generate unschedule TV money while fewer regular season games would reduce some losses (if you believe the league). Actually this expanded playoffs is the league plan going forward with the 2nd best Division winner record selecting its opponent ... 3rd best Division winner record picking their opponent out of the remaining teams and the last two play each other by default.

Works for me if we can get any sense of real baseball.

Wild card teams may end up controversial.Considering teams won't even be playing 2/3ds of the league in the regular season.

How can you say who's the better team when they are withing 1-2 wins and never played the teams the other team did?

I assume that's why they are adding a couple WC teams but still.....

 

Taking the 1st and 2nd place teams in each of the 3 Divisions seems a straightforward concept without trying to make some judgement on which are the 6 best teams ... the 7th is the debate point ... best record of the remaining teams (maybe) or they could take the approach of a 3rd place team closest in games behind their Division’s 1st place team.

Consider the current system does not guarantee the 5 best teams are in the playoffs ... adding 2 more just helps eliminate that current inequity.

Oddly more worried about getting a team with a losing record in the playoffs ... getting 7 out of 15 does open that possibility.

Not in this shorten (travel restricted) season, but a more “equitable” approach is just having a 15 team league ... equal play among the league teams .... top 8 teams make the playoffs. Not going to happen but as long as 5 team Divisions exist and there is an unbalanced league schedule ... inequities will exist.