• WasWatching.com Water Cooler Talk 8/23/09

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    1. Joseph M
      August 23rd, 2009 | 3:07 pm

      Former Yankee manager Buck Showalter appeared on ESPN SC last night presenting a plan for baseball realignment that left me wondering if Buck had spent to much time with George Costanza.

      In a nutshell Buck was proposing elimination of two teams (Tampa and Florida), merging the two leagues setting up 4 seven team divisions along geographical and time zone lines. The two division leaders would draw a pass in the first playoff series which would then feature the other first place teams and two wild cards.

      OK so far we have an idea we really don’t need but nothing too wild, well that’s about to change. Showalter’s idea includes a completely balanced schedule with each team playing their 27 opponents 3 games at home and three on the road.

      I always liked Buck but I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The idea made no sense. If the shedule is completely balanced what dfference does it make which division a team is in? Why have divisions at all? On top of that can you imagine trying to schedule this thing?

      Buck stay away from George Costanza

    2. August 23rd, 2009 | 3:50 pm

      Say this about Buck, he’s always thinking…

      FWIW, I’ve seen crazier ideas :-) albeit nine years ago…

      http://www.netshrine.com/lettertobud.html

    3. Tresh Fan
      August 23rd, 2009 | 6:22 pm

      You guys should’ve been around in the Summer of ’68. Both the AL and NL announced they would be expanding to 12 teams apiece. The Junior Circuit, every the progressive, stated that the 12 teams would be divided into 2 divisions, East and Wesr, with each team playing a 156 game schedule to be followed by a “League Championship Series” (which I seem to remember was the best of 7, although I could be wrong there) to determine the AL Champion..

      But the Senior Cicuit, ever the traditionalist, stated that it would NOT be breaking into 2 divisions, that each team would play a 162 game schedule, and that the team with the best record at the end of the regular season would be the league champion.

      I supported the “AL Plan.” of course, much to the derision of my NL fan friends who thought it was…what was the word?…stupid. And we argued it back and forth for a few weeks.

      And guess what? The NL bought into it about a month or so later (provided the AL would not reduce it’s schedule to 156 games. And, damn by the end of ’69 I couldn’t find one of those AL bashers who remembered ever being opposed to the plan. Funny how those things work.

    4. August 23rd, 2009 | 6:54 pm

      Here’s the really wacky part…there’s probably a generation of baseball fans now who think it’s always been three divisions in each league…

      I would have to think that anyone 19 or younger does not remember when it was 2 divisions per league with no LDS…

    5. Raf
      August 24th, 2009 | 11:13 am

      The LCS was best of 5 up until 1984. They expanded it to best of 7 in 1985. I remember this, because the Jays blew a 3-1 LCS lead to the Royals.

      I grew up under the 2 division per league format. I wasn’t too crazy about going to 3 divisions namely because there would be a wild card. 2 divisions just made sense, and was neat and tidy because of the playoff system. Of course, the 1993 pennant race didn’t help matters much.

      And I was getting used to the added level of playoffs when they threw IL play at me. Hated it then, hate it now, but accept it since it’s not going away anytime soon.

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