Of all the things Bud Selig has done in his time as the commissioner of Major League Baseball, his new idea certainly takes the cake (assuming that cake is baked with large portions of ludicrous and crazy pills, that is.)
Selig has made some questionable decisions (or lack thereof) in his time, from not reconsidering the reinstatement of Pete Rose to making the exhibition All Star game determine home-field advantage in the World Series to his questionable decision about Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, the idea pitched from Selig’s “special committee for on-field matters” surpasses all of those.
This special committee has come up with an idea that would allow “floating” realignment in which teams would be allowed to switch divisions from season-to-season, based on their plans to contend that season and their payroll.
In this scenario, the Milwaukee Brewers could move to the National League West or the Tampa Bay Rays could switch from the American League East to the American League Central in order to have a better chance at winning in a less-competitive division. In an example given by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, the Cleveland Indians, who are in the process of rebuilding, could move from the AL Central to the AL East in order to gain more home games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, teams which would draw large crowds, earning more money for the Indians.
The idea pitched by this committee would ruin baseball as we know it. It would ruin rivalries that teams form when playing each other 18 times a year. It could destroy historical match-ups, teams that have battled each other for their division’s title for decades, as one team could just decide to switch to a weaker division to give themselves a better chance at winning. It would be terrible for baseball. It would be terrible for the fans.