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Baseball has announced a realignment with the Astros moving to the American League, a new format for Interleague play and a one game elimination for two wild cards in each league. How do you feel about these changes?
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answered:    November 30, 2011
The realignment strikes me as stupid, now that there is interleague play there is plenty of opportunities to play their natural intrastate rival Rangers. I also do not like the one game "playoff". At some point you have to avoid expanding the playoffs and the system they have now works very well.
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November 30, 2011
I agree with you and the way the two wild card races played out this year would have been meaningless had two wild cards made the playoffs. Also, Texas which is in the four team division (supposedly the easiest to win) lost to the Cardinals in the six team division (the hardest to win). So the number of teams per division does not necessary affect the best team winning.
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answered:    December 13, 2011
I don't like any of the changes. Being a longtime Astros fan and preferring the NL to the AL, I hate the fact that the Astros are now an AL team. In my opinion, the Brewers should have moved back to the AL where they used to be. By putting the Astros in the AL, MLB has also killed the rivalry that was built between them and the Rangers via Interleague play. I loved Interleague play in its old form. Now the games are "just another game" and it will make things tough for AL pitchers who'll be batting more than they are used to. The wild card change is just dumb. It's a money grab for the two teams who get a shot at the wild card and MLB. Granted, with the Astros and the Rangers in the same division, it will put a little more tension between the squads but, to me, it was so much more fun when the Rangers came to Houston and the pitchers had to bat. That's gone now. I wonder who will be the Astros' rival now?
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