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It is getting a bit silly.<br><br>
Taking the <b>4 top teams</b> in each division:<br><br>
East...<b>41 games OVER .500</b><br><br>
Central....<b>2 games UNDER .500</b><br><br>
West....<b>7 games UNDER .500</b><br><br>
Maybe they need to institute a promotion/relegation system like they have in soccer.<br><br>
...or maybe just scrap the divisions and let the top 4...or even 6 teams into the playoffs.
 

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Toronto is playing waay over their heads right now (maybe like some team from southern Ohio) but realistically there would need to be about 8 teams getting in the playoffs for them to have a chance.<br><br>
However, now that I think of it, I'm quite happy to see them play the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox 54 times as opposed to extra games against the Indians, Royals or Mariners.
 

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thats what I keep having to remind myself....people look at the stats and say "oh noes! We're in 4th"....forgetting the fact that we'd be vying for 1st in any other division. This is becoming a tad ridiculous. I wonder if it's statistically conceivable to have 3 teams in 1 division with 100+ wins....
 

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Tampa Bay, New York, Toronto, Boston split the games they play amongst themselves. (27 wins, 27 losses each)<br><br>
They each play at a .675 pace for the other 108 games to finish in a 4 way dead heat in October with records of 100-62.<br><br>
Bud Selig decides there must be collusion amongst the players for this to occur and disqualifies all 4 teams, choosing to let the 28-134 Baltimore Orioles represent the East instead.
 

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yESYESYES! Felix Pie will carry them all the way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool">
 

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Get rid of all the expansion teams. And move the Giants and Dodgers back to New York.
 

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Although my Tigers profit from the current alignment, I miss the old days where we played NY, Boston and Baltimore (back when the Orioles were respectable) more then once a year in each park. Toronto and Detroit makes a good geographical rivalry but they do not play each other enough. I think Toronto has the better roster based on what I have seen so far on the field this year, I hope that changes before the year is over. 18 games per year against one team is too many, IMHO the rivalries are not special when there are that many games. But it gives ESPN and Fox an opportunity to show the Red Sox vs Yankees every week of the year. I wish the Tigers would take adavantage of the 18 games against the Royals every year, but we usually get beat, and IMHO that has cost 2 division titles. Lost 5 of 6 to the Royals in September last year, even splitting those games and there would never have been a game 163. Got swept by the Royals at home to close out the regular season in 2006 to lose that division title (thank goodness for the WC that year). I would be all for going back to the pre-Selig Alignment. Inter league play can still be done without the overkill of interdivision games. But part of the reason for the imbalanced schedule is to have the bottom feeding teams play each other more often and picking up some wins and the better teams play each other and knocking each other off, giving the illusion of better parity then there really is in MLB. But on the plus side, 4 teams in the East have a better roster then the Tigers but I like the Tigers chances of getting to the post season more then at least two of them. Once in the post season, anyone can get hot for a couple of weeks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">thats what I keep having to remind myself....people look at the stats and say "oh noes! We're in 4th"....forgetting the fact that we'd be vying for 1st in any other division.</div>
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You find comfort in that ?
 

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yESYESYES! Because it means my team doesnt suck as much as it appears to! We're only a couple games behind 2nd anywho. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It is getting a bit silly.<br><br>
Taking the <b>4 top teams</b> in each division:<br><br>
East...<b>41 games OVER .500</b><br><br>
Central....<b>2 games UNDER .500</b><br><br>
West....<b>7 games UNDER .500</b><br><br>
Maybe they need to institute a promotion/relegation system like they have in soccer.<br><br>
...or maybe just scrap the divisions and let the top 4...or even 6 teams into the playoffs.</div>
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What's crazy is that this is using an unbalanced schedule. Imagine how bad it would be with a balanced schedule?
 
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