How Would You Reconstruct MLB From Scratch?
Here’s a hypothetical question: If you could restart MLB from scratch, how many teams would you have, and where would you put them? I mean, would you maintain all 30 teams, in each of the 30 places they currently call home, or would you construct a 28-team league, a 26-team league, a 32-team league? Would you put more teams in Texas and the Southeast, and take them out of the Northeast and Great Lakes regions? Comments welcome.
To start, there’s this response from Bill Miller, blogging at the On Deck Circle: I would reduce the number of teams from 30 down to 24 (two leagues, two divisions each with six teams in each division.)
I would move some of the franchises from the smaller markets (who are always crying about being poor) to larger markets that could actually support a team, but don’t already have one. The Braves, for example are the only regional team (outside of Florida) in the southeast, which makes no sense to me considering the huge population growth in this area over the past couple of decades.