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MLB considering radical realignment for 2020 season


If the 2020 Major League Baseball season does end up taking place, it could end up looking very different than what we are used to. After reports surfaced that the entire season could end up being played in Arizona, another report is now saying that there could be a radical realignment that takes place with teams playing games in both Arizona and Florida.

That alignment would begin by placing teams in their regular Spring Training leagues, the Cactus League (Arizona) and the Grapefruit League (Florida).

From 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 allow teams to return to the comforts of their spring training sites for three weeks of training, which would also include exhibition games, before opening the regular season and playing a schedule with wholly different divisional opponents.

Here’s a look at one realignment structure:

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

  • NORTH: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • SOUTH: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles.
  • EAST: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins.

CACTUS LEAGUE

  • NORTHEAST: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics.
  • WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels.
  • NORTHWEST: Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals

Nation, what do you think of this proposal?

Written by Don Drysdale

I am a fan of all Detroit sports and LOVE to write about them!

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