The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of the Diamond

The Politics of Baseball

In a lot of ways, baseball teams are defined by First Basemen. Look around the league today: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Howard are all first basemen.  Here are some teams in need of help at that spot.  [MLB Trade Rumors]

Major League Baseball is considering realigning the American and National Leagues in interesting ways.  I am ALL FOR THIS.  I think divisions in baseball are a crime.  Great teams in the AL East and NL East/Central with better records consistently miss the playoffs so that some sub .500 team in the West can go to the playoffs.  [ESPN]

While MLB has a pretty good idea of how the realignment would take place, Deadspin has a new plan.  The saddest sports city in America would just get sadder. [Deadspin]

Speaking of the Mariners, this is an excellent essay about Ichiro Suzuki and what he has meant to baseball.  It comes from Bill Simmon’s Grantland, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places on the Internet. [Grantland]

The College World Series has begun, and here is an interesting piece about how it is the “last pure college championship.”  I don’t know if I agree with everything this guy says, but its definitely an interesting read and worth your time. [SB Nation]


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