Should the MLB expand to 32 teams?
I think that the MLB should consider the above for two reasons. a) so that there will be an even number of teams in every league and division, and b) because I think that there are at least two markets which I think that the MLB could tap into.
Here is what I think that the league should look like upon expansion to 32 teams:
AL East: Boston, N.Y. Yankees, Baltimore, Tampa Bay
AL Central: Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago W.S.
AL Midwest: New Orleans (expansion), Minnesota, Kansas City, Texas
AL West: Seattle, Portland (expansion), Oakland, L.A. Angels
NL East: N.Y. Mets, Philadelphia, Washington, Florida
NL Central: Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs
NL Midwest: Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston. Denver
NL West: Arizona, San Francisco, L.A. Dodgers, San Diego
The two expansion cities which I have chosen are New Orleans and Portland. I think that New Orleans would be a good city because a) it has a metro of around 1.5 million, and b) there are no other MLB teams nearby. As for Portland, a) it has a metro of around 2 million, and b) they would make a good rivalry with the Mariners.
The divisional format is four divisions with four teams each in both leagues, a la NFL. The two new divisions would be called AL Midwest and NL Midwest. I think that by having the same number of teams in each division, it will erase any advantages or disadvantages of any particular teams making the playoffs.
At present, the teams in the NL Central have less chance of making the playoffs, because the division has six teams, and the AL West teams have more chance of making the postseason because there are only four teams within that division.
The only drawback is that the divisions would have to be realigned, meaning that some existing divisional rivalries would be lost. However, none of the teams would have to switch leagues.
Does anyone agree with the above suggestions, and if not, why?