Pro Baseball Team Expansion to Redefine the AL and NL Divisions
The baseball world has been buzzing with excitement in recent weeks as news broke that Major League Baseball (MLB) is looking to expand from its current 30 teams to 32. While this could be a major boon for the sport, it also raises questions about how it might affect the American League (AL) and National League (NL) divisions.
In order for the MLB to expand, two new teams will need to join the league. Reports indicate that these teams will be located either in Montreal or Charlotte, North Carolina. The two cities have both expressed an interest in joining the MLB, and getting approval from both local governments and the owners of existing franchises would be necessary for expansion.
If approved, the move would represent a significant shift in the current balance between the AL and NL divisions. Currently, each division is composed of 15 teams – but adding two new ones could tip the scales too far towards one side or another; creating an imbalance that could have serious consequences on the competitive landscape of baseball over time.
Some have suggested that a realignment of existing teams may be needed if expansion is approved. In particular, moving some of the western teams, like the Oakland Athletics or Los Angeles Angels, into an Eastern Division might create more parity between both sides, making sure neither side has too much of an advantage over another.
It’s unclear at this point when final decisions on whether the expansion will happen will take place, but if it does go ahead, there’s no doubt things will get shaken up quite a bit within professional baseball circles! It remains to be seen whether such changes are good for the game in general, but fans can rest assured knowing that their favorite sport is always evolving and adapting as times change.
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