Thursday, July 23, 2020

If baseball were like soccer

As the shortened baseball season gets started in North America, I wonder again: what if baseball was organized like soccer? Each team would play 1-2 games a week; the season would consist of home and away games against each other team in leagues with 18-20 teams; tiered leagues would exist with first, second, third, and lower divisions, with promotion and relegation at the end of each season; and a single-elimination cup competition would involve teams from all the leagues. With fewer games, teams would need only one or two good pitchers, so historically, one of the greatest teams might have been the historical Washington Senators when their ace was Walter Johnson. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 23 July)

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