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Not sure how many of you in BBTIA land check on The Hardball Times, but it's worth a click now and again.There's a couple of things in today's edition that are somewhat interesting. To wit:-- There's a report saying MLB and the union are close to signing a new labor deal (probably by Dec. 11) which would mean labor peace has been the norm for the past 20 years. How did this fly under the radar so stealthily? Was it just me that missed this? Considering how toxic labor-management relations have been in the past, I find this truly amazing.-- Our old friend Jim Crane (remember? He wanted to buy the Rangers?) seems to have landed the smaller fish in Texas in the Astros. What's interesting is that MLB reportedly sweetened the deal by some $50 mil to allow the 'Stros to move into the American League by 2013. Ranger players, no doubt, are gleefully rubbing their hands in anticipation of playing Houston 15-18 times a year.-- And finally, the Marlins unveiled their new unis recently in a ceremony reminiscent of the "Dream Team'' scenario that D-Bag Wade, LeMe James and that other guy participated in en roue to Heat's 82-0 record and World Championship. Ooops ...didn't happen, did it?Not sure what the Marlins are trying to accomplish, but it smells a lot like throwing money around like fertilizer and hoping a good team grows out of it.
I heard in the new CBA and what not that starting in 2013 there will be an interleague game everyweek... i believe. I am all for that. Having the leagues play each other all the time. I believe there is something on ESPN that details all these goodies.
Good Job Baseball
The thing I like about the idea of no interleague play is that 1) It makes it fairer beacuse all the teams within a division/conference have to play the same teams. 2) It adds a little more mystique to the World Series and All-Star game 3) It really gives the feeling that they are 2 distinct league, with 2 distinct sets of rules, etc.
Not that I hate interleague play of anything, just saying.
I like the idea of teams playing against as many other teams as possible. Concentration of talent in a particular division or league happens from time to time.
For the last 10-15 years, the Western conference in the NBA has, most years, had better talent than the Eastern, overall. There were teams in the East making the playoffs with losing records. Likewise this happens in football sometimes. Last year the Seahawks made the playoffs with a losing record, because they were the least sucky of all the sucky teams in their division. This year the 49ers are potentially 1 win away from clinching the NFC West already, because all 3 other teams are absymal. It doesn't hurt the 49ers' chances that they get to play each of those 3 knockovers twice.
In baseball, some divisions often have it rougher than others. For a while now, the AL West has had it easier than some others because they have only 4 teams, and in any given year, 1 or 2 of them aren't very good. Also for a while, the AL East has had it harder due to 2 teams that work hard (and by that, I mean they spend a lot, and probably work about as hard as other teams) to always be contenders. The Yankees and the Sox rarely if ever have "rebuilding" years - for a while now, anyway. The other 3 teams have sort of an uphill battle in that regard. And finally, the NL Central, having 6 teams, has been harder to win, because in any given year at least 2, but sometimes more, teams are very good.
Actually, I'd be in favor of a rule (in any sport) that says you have to win at least half your games to make the playoffs. If you can't muster a 50% record during the season, you shouldn't be able to compete for the championship. But I digress...
In summary, I'm all for this. Especially if it means they avoid that stupid "wild card spot playoff" game. I hate that idea more than anything else except the BCS structure. But professional sports would never entertain that idea, of that I'm sure.
Concentration of talent in a particular division or league happens from time to time....Last year the Seahawks made the playoffs with a losing record, because they were the least sucky of all the sucky teams in their division..
still, 2 teams were left out of the playoffs at 10-6. The 2004 NFl season would have been a better example... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_NFL_season
Well then, take the Eastern Conference of the NBA for example. There would be seasons that the East would have like 5 teams in the playoffs. One way they could try to have that rule and not have to prepare for a 5-6 team playoff is to keep the East and West from playing each other.
Really, if the MLB got rid of interleague play, I think the next step would be to eliminate divisions. That way they could just play the other teams in the confernce 10-11 (of in the NL 12-13) games a year and it would be pretty even.
I'm in favor of year-round interleague play for one main reason:
It gets the Astros into the AL West. And that's a good thing. This division is going to be ba-aa-aad for while.
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