Now there are reports that they are wanting to have the Houston Astros go from the NL to the AL and also expand the wild-card. With those ideas in mind, wanting to give baseball a chance to succeed, keeping rivalries in check and bring more viewers in … I present my realignment plan and the way to expand the postseason.
Any Teams that came into exist PRE-1960 would be in the OLD SCHOOL DIVISION, with AFTER 1960, NEW AGE DIVISION
So, it would look something like this
AL OLD SCHOOL
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
AL NEW AGE
Minnesota Twins ———- Move to OLD SCHOOL if you expand
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals ——— Target for Contraction
Los Angeles Angels
Houston Astros ————— Move from the NL
Las Vegas, Oklahoma City or Tucson Team
NL OLD SCHOOL
Pittsburgh Pirates ———– Target for Contraction
St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
New York Mets ————- Move to OLD SCHOOL if you expand
San Diego Padres
And to make sure the Divisions are even, you eliminate the Royals and Pirates because KC and Pittsburgh are not drawing that many fans and 19 losing seasons does not help you
YOU CAN EXPAND with Two More teams by moving the Twins and the METS to OLD SCHOOL DIVISION and adding these two cities (Montreal in the NL, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City or Tucson in the AL)
The 2nd and 3rd Place teams have a one-game play in with the 2nd place team hosting. The Winner would meet the other division in the Divisional Series. This way you have a couple of built in races. One race maybe to get in to the play-in and one to avoid going into the Play-in and clinch the Division.
AL OLD SCHOOL 1 VS AL NEW AGE 2 or 3
AL NEW AGE 1 VS AL OLD SCHOOL 2 or 3
NL OLD SCHOOL 1 VS NL NEW AGE 2 or 3
NL NEW AGE 1 VS NL OLD SCHOOL 2 or 3
The Team with the best record would get home field in the Championship Series.
For Interleague games – 1 year it would AL OLD SCHOOL VS NL OLD SCHOOL & AL NEW AGE VS NL NEW AGE plus one 3-game series with the team that finish in the same position in the other division (1st Place OLD SCHOOL meets 1st Place NEW AGE.) Next Year you flip with OLD SCHOOL VS NEW AGE with one 3-game series with the team that finish in the same place in the Same Division (1st Place AL OLD SCHOOL VS 1st Place NL OLD SCHOOL)
Then for Home Field in the World Series, you can go with Head to Head against the other team, with the 2nd tie breaker being record against Opposite League (VS AL or NL) and 3rd being Record Among Common Opponents.
Thus you eliminate the winner of the All-Star game getting home-field in the World Series