Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

Categories: Texas Rangers

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I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October?

But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards?

You know, the top teams rewarded with international play and/or advancement and the worst facing relegation to the league below. I can see the initial extended excitement. Actually a reason to watch Pirates-Nationals and your Rangers flirting with the Champions League? Yeah, I get it. But I also see some problems. As in, it would be a total upheaval of the current farm system.

But I'm a man of open mind. 

And being a man of international mystery and domestic food, my buddy Dave Faries actually thinks it would be a good thing. Dave, state your bloody case ...

Baseball claims that inter-league games add excitement. But let's say there were 11 teams in contention for the final "Champions League" spot while at least eight struggled to avoid dropping to AAA level - that's 19 races to keep track of, not including the five battling for the top spot.

In the minor leagues, things are even more dramatic. Instead of our two-team "World Series", we'd end up with a Champions League tournament pitting the top five MLB squads against a pool featuring the best from Japan, Canada (note Toronto has been kicked out of the MLB), Korea, Europe, South and Central America, and so on. An actual world series, if you will.

The enusing tables are as of last Sunday morning - July 19, the All-Star break - with standings based upon wins only. Ties are broken by the number of road victories. Just makes things easier. As it stands going into the break, the Indians, Padres and Nationals are likely to end up in AAA next season, with Sacramento, Colorado Springs and Norfolk top candidates to advance into the major league.

Jump for the insanity that would make for a delicious reality ...


(* Champions League; # Relegation to AAA)

*1. LA Dodgers 55-32
*2. Boston 53-34
*3. NY Yankees 51-36
*4. San Francisco 49-38
*5. St. Louis 48-41 (24 road wins)
6. LA Angels 48-37 (22)
7. Texas 48-38 (20)
8. Tampa Bay 48-40 (18)
9. Philadelphia 47-38 (26)
10. Detroit 47-39 (21)
11. Colorado 46-41
12. Chicago Sox 45-42 (23)
13. Milwaukee 45-42 (21)
14. Seattle 45-42 (21)
15. Florida 45-44 (20)
16. Minnesota 44-44
17. Atlanta 43-44 (22)
18. Houston 43-44 (20)
19. Cincinnati 42-44 (22)
20. Chicago Cubs 42-42 (16)
21. NY Mets 41-45
22. Baltimore 39-48
23. Arizona 38-50 (18)
24. Pittsburgh 38-49 (16)
25. Kansas City 37-50
26. Oakland 36-49
#27. Cleveland 35-53 (16)
#28. San Diego 35-52 (12)
#29. Washington 26-60

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