Major League Baseball made waves Tuesday when it was reported that a new plan to play out the 2020 season includes one truly wild structural element: three division of 10 teams each that completely do away with National League and American League affiliations. Each league's East, West, and Central Divisions are combined with one another, with the Atlanta Braves joining the Central and the Pittsburgh Pirates going to the East.
But think about what these super-divisions entail for a minute. We're talking about a West Division that contains both the Houston Astros and the team they were punished for cheating against in the 2017 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers. And that all sounds freaking amazing.
Karma's a funny thing, isn't it?
In this proposed structure, teams will only play regular season games against teams in their own division, and the league anticipates that a regular season of upwards of 100 games could be played if proceedings can begin by late June. Even teams not adversely victimized by the Astros' sign-stealing were surely going to retaliate against them this year -- think about what's going to happen if they have to play the Dodgers, who lost the 2017 World Series in seven games, 10 (or more) times before the playoffs even begin?
It's all shaping up to be the most bizarre MLB season any of us have ever seen. If we get the added wrinkle of a rough and ruthless Dodgers-Astros deathmatch series, the excitement will simply never cease.
Please make this happen, Rob Mafred! We want to watch the fireworks.