Nightengale: MLB Talked About Temporarily Eliminating American and National Leagues

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees vs. Phillies as a divisional game?

Sign me up, via Bob Nightengale at USA Today:

Major League Baseball, assessing myriad proposals, has discussed a radical plan that would eliminate the traditional American and National Leagues for 2020, a high-ranking official told USA TODAY Sports, and realign all six divisions for an abbreviated season.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the proposal is one of several being discussed.

The plan would have all 30 teams returning to their spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, playing regular-season games only in those two states and without fans in an effort to reduce travel and minimize risks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The divisions would be realigned based on the geography of their spring training homes.

NIghtengale’s “Grapefruit League North” would feature the Yankees, Blue Jays, Tigers, Pirates, and Phillies. The Marlins, Mets, and Nationals would be in the East and the Braves in the South.

Not sure if this is more or less feasible than moving all 30 teams to Arizona and playing the games there. You’d still run into the same issues of separating players from their families, playing in empty stadiums, and losing revenue from various sources. But if we’re given the choice of baseball vs. no baseball, I’ll take baseball in whatever form it comes in.

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5 Responses

  1. Grapefruit League is loaded. 7 of the top 10 teams in MLB based on last seasons record. Phillies had the 10th worst record of the 15 Grapefruit teams. Cactus League has LAD,Oak,Cle and 12 donkey teams. Maybe the players can have their families /GF’s stay in different hotel rooms if they wish , at least they will be near each other in case of emergency. If there are no outbreaks even get to spend time with them.

    The weather would be a huge issue.115- 120 degrees in AZ and 100/100% humidity + Thunderstorms/Hurricanes in FLA. There would be only 3 indoor stadiums available in Phoenix,TB and Miami.. This is worth a shot and can always be canceled. Much better plan than the Ariz plan imo.

  2. it’s all a hoax folks – don’t worry. keep voting for the worshipers of fake men in the sky. happy easter!

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