In the April 7 issue of ESPN The Magazine, writer George Milkov explores the inequality between the American League and National League in Major League Baseball. On page 70, Milkov has a list of suggestions for how to correct this inequality, including realignment. Milkov then proposes a Northeast Division comprising of the Yankees, Mets,
For starters, the Northeast Division would headline the
This would be the most competitive division, as well as the most expensive. The Yankees and Red Sox would be able to continue their war, while the rest of the division would battle to see who could be the biggest thorn in the big two’s sides, with the Yankees-Mets potentially edging Yankees-Red Sox as baseball’s biggest rivalry somewhere down the line.
Geography is the key here, as the natural rivalries between
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This would be a deep, deep division that would provide for a pretty entertaining race. The White Sox-Cubs rivalry is pretty obvious, while the Twins and Brewers may develop one. The Indians and Tigers could continue to battle for divisional supremacy, while also maintaining bad feelings with the Twins and White Sox. While lacking the glitz and glamour of the Northeast, this may be my favorite division.
This division would provide natural rivals in Tampa Bay-Florida and Washington-Baltimore while leaving the Braves alone to go on another division title streak.
MLB actually has gotten this one right. I put