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Realignment when the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came in. The D-Rays went into the AL East, moving Detroit over to the AL Central. Arizona was assigned to the NL West. Then for some reason, Milwaukee was moved to the NL Central. It would have made more sense to move the Royals to the AL West, especially with Texas already there, thus nixing the distance argument and thus establishing balance among all the divisions and leagues. Instead, the AL has 14 teams, while the NL has 16 teams. Additionally, the AL West has only 4 teams, while the NL Central has a staggering 6 teams.

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MLB (or rather the MLB through the AL) gave first chance to the Royals to move to the NL with the Brewers to move if KC refused.

Selig wanted radical realignment that would have provided geographic divisions, many owners wanted only a scaled back version that kept the wild card and a moderate amount of interleague contests. Thus a compromise was reached, keeping with the 3-division and wild card format and designated periods of interleague play. KC's new owner, Glass declined the invitation to join the NL despite previously supporting Selig's radical realignment. So the Brewers, then supposedly held in trust by Selig's own daughter, were moved to the NL.

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Realignment when the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came in. The D-Rays went into the AL East, moving Detroit over to the AL Central. Arizona was assigned to the NL West. Then for some reason, Milwaukee was moved to the NL Central. It would have made more sense to move the Royals to the AL West, especially with Texas already there, thus nixing the distance argument and thus establishing balance among all the divisions and leagues. Instead, the AL has 14 teams, while the NL has 16 teams. Additionally, the AL West has only 4 teams, while the NL Central has a staggering 6 teams.

 

You do understand that having an odd number of teams in both leagues would have caused a huge scheduling problem, right? Think about it. That's why Milwaukee was moved to the NL.

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Realignment when the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came in. The D-Rays went into the AL East, moving Detroit over to the AL Central. Arizona was assigned to the NL West. Then for some reason, Milwaukee was moved to the NL Central. It would have made more sense to move the Royals to the AL West, especially with Texas already there, thus nixing the distance argument and thus establishing balance among all the divisions and leagues. Instead, the AL has 14 teams, while the NL has 16 teams. Additionally, the AL West has only 4 teams, while the NL Central has a staggering 6 teams.

 

You do understand that having an odd number of teams in both leagues would have caused a huge scheduling problem, right? Think about it. That's why Milwaukee was moved to the NL.

Yep, that wouldve meant an Interleague game nearly every night, and (like rferry said) owners only wanted moderate amounts of interleague :thumbup

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The list could go on of all that was lost that year, the biggest what could have been for me is if the Marlins had drafted Nomar instead of Josh Booty.

 

thats kind of a different thing than what this thread is all about

 

but yea, that woulda been nice

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