Near as I can tell, there are 30 teams in Major League Baseball. There are 16 teams in the American League and 14 in the National league. Most divisions break down to 5 teams, but the AL West has 4 teams and the NL Central has 6. Doesn’t this make playoff baseball much more attainable for the teams in the AL West than it is for the teams in the NL Central? (I am of course excepting Texas) And doesn’t it make it a little easier for teams from the AL to make it to the series?
I understand that teams fold and move, but is there a precedent for teams switching leagues? It seems that bumping a team to the AL would make things more even, especially with 30 teams, 5 per division. the divisions are kind of loose geographically anyway (see the aforementioned Texas).
I am sure I am missing something, and that a league move would involve much personnel shuffling due to the DH, etc. Is this the sole reason why the leagues are not evened out? Is it not perceived as a problem? Why wasn’t this sorted out when the Nationals were added?
So many questions. Thanks!