Okay. My proposal - now this relies on something that will never ever happen - New Jersey getting a team. Not that it could not be supported, it could - there used to be 3 teams in NYC alone and they were all successful but there is no way the Yankees, Mets or Phillies would stand for it - they'd freak out and demand too much buyoff money to allow it - but just play along with me here. No to Portland. I just don't believe they'd support it. Now, I understand that baseball appeals to nerds and brainy people, but I just don't see it. So then where?
First thing I am doing is moving the Tampa Bay Rays out of Florida and relocating them to Montreal. Expos had a good fan base that loved baseball and got screwed with a horrible stadium and even horribler owner. And yes I know horribler is not a word but it is when you are talking about Jeffrey Loria. To me he's the worst owner in all of sports and if he hadn't shanghaied Miami into paying for that ugly-*** stadium, I'd say move them out too. Montreal deserves another shot and not with an expansion team.
Where to expand from there? Charlotte and New Jersey
Four divisions, 8 teams. No more pitchers hitting (teams are paying the best pitchers 25 million a year to pitch, not to get hit by pitches or hurt themselves running the bases.
Boston Red Sox
NJ Trust Fund Babies
Toronto Blue Jays
Charlotte Christian Soldiers
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Diego Padres
St. Francisco Giants
160 game schedule 6 games vs. each team in another division (3 home/3 away) and that division rotates year to year like the NFL does with their non-conference games. That is 48 games. That leaves 112 games - that divides evenly by 7 into 16 games vs. each of your division rivals. This means every team in the division will have the same schedule every year.
The playoffs. For each division the team that wins that division gets a first round bye. The 2nd and 3rd place teams have to play a Best of 3 - and it has to be in no more than 4 days. That winner takes on the division champion in a five game series (Only question is - is a layoff good or bad for a team - I say 5 days is not so bad, anything longer would be a slight problem). It gives the division winner a great advantage because they get to set their rotation and/or heal up from any injuries
Once each division has their champion, the Semi Finals are seeded by record. So the remaining team with the best regular season record takes on whomever left has the fourth best.
-OR- once a team wins that division playoff crown they take on the other division champion from the division they played all season.
I would love to see scheduled doubleheaders again, but the players union would shoot that down. Maybe a compromise can be made by expanding the rosters to 26 instead of 25 for the whole season, but I doubt the owners want to fork over any extra money.
Under my system this year - assuming each expansion team wins 65 games
(3) Tampa Bay vs. (2) New York to take on (1) Boston
(3) Texas vs. (2) Washington to take on (1) Houston
(3) Miilwaukee vs. (2) Cubs to take on (1) Cleveland
(3) Colorado vs. (2) Arizona to take on (1) Los Angeles
I know there are some teams with losing record that would get in from this season but I think that would be unlikely when everyone has the same strength schedule. Milwaukee, Tampa and Texas make it, Minnesota gets screwed. Who cares, I hate the Twins.