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#14 - Expansion


Again, expansion is an exciting rule change, or league change, from recent memory that many people find to be exciting and beneficial to the game. However the 15 American League and 15 National League teams hurts my head to think about. Logically it makes sense to have an equal amount of teams per league, but the problem with expansion is that it caused a National League team to have to adjust their roster and rebuild.

The Houston Astros have had mild success as the newest AL team, however they were forced to change course when they were told they were switching leagues. This segues perfectly to the next topic. Commissioner Robert Manfred has hinted that further expansion in the majors is inevitable, with markets like Montreal, Portland, Charlotte and even Mexico City being tossed into the mix for possible expansion sites. Perhaps the MLB should focus on keeping its current teams financially healthy.

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