Remember baseball? The smell of hotdogs, beer, and fresh-cut grass filling the air as you enter the stadium?
Well, it seems like it will be a long time before those days come back. However, the MLB is discussing a return in June or as late in July, and plan to play at a neutral site with a realignment of divisions.
So, what do these divisions look like?
According to CBS Sports, the divisions would line up like so.
This shake-up of the divisions creates some interesting matchups. First of all, the American League and the National League teams are competing in the same division, so how will playoffs be handled?
Take a look at the West division, the biggest rivals in this division won’t be the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, it will be the Astros-Dodgers that takes the spotlight. Dodgers fans are undoubtedly upset with the Astros Cheating them out of their first championship since 1988.
This division figures to be tough, the Astros are reigning American League champs. The Rangers have slowly been building a strong team behind slugger Joey Gallo and adding Corey Kluber. The Padres young talent are starting to become veterans behind Manny Machado and rising star Fernando Tatis Jr.
The Angels have arguably the best player in the game in Mike Trout and added stars like Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon.
The Dodgers added Mookie Betts and David Price to an already star-studded lineup including last year’s NL MVP Cody Bellinger.
The rest of the division seems to be in rebuild mode and may have an impact on playoff positioning.
Prediction:Dodgers in first, Astros in second, Angels in third.
The central division will be fun to watch with so many changes happening it’s going to be hard to ignore the headlines.
The Cubs are starting a new chapter in franchise history after letting go, Joe Maddon, the manager that gave Chicago its first world series in 100 years. They will be managed by first-time manager David Ross and long-time MLB player and member of the Cubs 2016 Championship team.
The White Sox had a big offseason signing Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel to a young and talented team.
The Brewer’s injuries cost them a deep run in the postseason in 2019, but they look to rebound behind the 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich.
The Cardinals make the NLCS in 2019 but were swept by the Nationals in four games, looks for them to make another deep run in playoffs.
The Braves were up and down all season long, but 2020 should see a full rebound of this very young and talented team behind Ronald Acuña Jr.
The Twins will look to return to playoffs behind their power-packed lineup but pitching still plagues the team.
Prediction: Braves in first, Cardinals in second and White Sox in Third.
The East figures to be the most predictable division, but anything can happen. The Yankee’s biggest offseason acquisition was adding starting pitch Gerrit Cole to an already stacked team. No doubt the Yankees will win this division, or could they be plagued by injuries like in 2019?
The 2019 World Series champ Nationals lost their all-star third baseman, but the team still has Juan Soto and resigned Stephen Strasburg to a long-term deal.
The Phillies are the most underachieving team in the division, but they hope to end that in 2020 by adding Zach Wheeler and Didi Gregorius the team looks ready to compete for a World Series in 2020.
Boston has been hit hard in 2020 already losing its manager and two all-star players. The Sox will have to sit back and watch the season unfold, they may be competitive, but not championship ready.
The east seems set, the other teams in the division seem to be competitive as well, but in a lopsided division, they will have to take a back seat.
Prediction: Yankees in first, Phillies in second, Nationals in third.
It’s fun to look forward to and interesting season, although, there might not be fans in attendance for the start or even the whole season.
Either way, baseball fans are eager to see baseball again and this division set up helps some teams like the Yankees and hurts some teams like the Tampa Bay Rays who made playoffs in 2019 but maybe the odd man out in 2020.
Nothing is set in stone and this is all assuming the divisions are played as proposed, this is going to be a tricky road to maneuver, but the MLBPA and the MLB will surely come up with the best solution.
I mean what’s America without its favorite pastime?