Post Expansion MLB Division Re-alignment

It seems that it’s a forgone conclusion that when MLB again expands, Montréal will get a franchise back. MLB would also have to add a second, though, and the leading contenders for Expansion Franchise #2 appear to be: México City, Portland, Austin OR San Antonio, Las Vegas, Charlotte and Nashville.

Pretty much any proposed re-alignment scenarios you will see keep with the ‘ol two-league setup of only the National and American Leagues. But what if there were instead FOUR leagues with two divisions each? No interleague play would be required. I suppose you’d have to figure out which league has a DH and which doesn’t. It could be fun to keep with pitchers batting only in the National League, but that would probably get hairy when we get to the playoffs.

Speaking of which, this will take some more thinking to figure out how a playoff system would work. Before we get that far, take a gander how these could align with each expansion scenario, assuming Montréal is in:

SCENARIO 1:

If the expansion teams are México City and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH EAST
New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

New York Yankees

Colorado Rockies

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins

Montréal Expos

Tampa Bay Rays (possible relocation as Charlotte Knights)

Toronto Blue Jays

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH CENTRAL
Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Diablos Rojos del México

Texas Rangers


SCENARIO 2:

If the expansion teams are Portland and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH EAST
New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

New York Yankees

Oakland Athletics

Portland Beavers

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins

Montréal Expos

Tampa Bay Rays (possible relocation as Charlotte Knights)

Toronto Blue Jays

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH CENTRAL
Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

Colorado Rockies

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Texas Rangers


SCENARIO 3:

If the expansion teams are Austin/San Antonio and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH EAST
New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

New York Yankees

Colorado Rockies

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins

Montréal Expos

Tampa Bay Rays (possible relocation as Charlotte Knights)

Toronto Blue Jays

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH CENTRAL
Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

Austin Senators/San Antonio Missions

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Texas Rangers


SCENARIO 4:

If the expansion teams are Las Vegas and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH EAST
New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

New York Yankees

Los Angeles Dodgers

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins

Montréal Expos

Tampa Bay Rays (possible relocation as Charlotte Knights)

Toronto Blue Jays

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH CENTRAL
Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins

Arizona Diamondbacks

Las Vegas Wranglers

Los Angeles Angels

San Diego Padres

Colorado Rockies

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Texas Rangers


SCENARIO 5:

If the expansion teams are Nashville and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH EAST
New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

New York Yankees

Colorado Rockies

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins

Montréal Expos

Tampa Bay Rays (possible relocation as Charlotte Knights)

Toronto Blue Jays

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH CENTRAL
Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Detroit Tigers

Milwaukee Brewers

Minnesota Twins

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Nashville Volunteers

Texas Rangers


SCENARIO 6:

If the expansion teams are Charlotte and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH CENTRAL
Montréal Expos

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

New York Yankees

Toronto Blue Jays

Colorado Rockies

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

Texas Rangers

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH SOUTHEAST
Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

Milwaukee Brewers

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

 Atlanta Braves

Charlotte Knights

Miami Marlins

Tampa Bay Rays


SCENARIO 6.5:

… another take if the expansion teams are Charlotte and Montréal, the leagues/divisions are:

NATIONAL LEAGUE AMERICAN LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
EAST EAST NORTH NORTHEAST
Cincinnati Reds

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

New York Yankees

Colorado Rockies

Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

Baltimore Orioles

Montréal Expos

Toronto Blue Jays

Washington Nationals

CENTRAL CENTRAL SOUTH SOUTHEAST
Chicago Cubs

Houston Astros

Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins

Texas Rangers

Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers

San Diego Padres

 Atlanta Braves

Charlotte Knights

Miami Marlins

Tampa Bay Rays

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