The MLB Cactus/Grapefruit League Could Help Brewers
Major League Baseball is on the hunt for ideas to start this season. We saw last week the suggestion of putting everyone in Arizona. What people didn’t seem to understand about that idea was the MLB mostly did it to gauge the public. I am sure that idea is on the table, but one that probably didn’t have enough legs. The latest idea has some serious legs. The MLB would reorganize their divisions and leagues to play in each the Catcus and Grapefruit leagues next season. As the divisions are laid out, Milwaukee could benefit from the division shift. Here’s what the Catcus League looks like per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
NORTHEAST: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics.
WEST: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels.
NORTHWEST: Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals.
At first blush, Brewers have a very winnable division. They would likely be the favorites to start the season. My guess is many people would say Milwaukee has it easy compared to their other NL Central foes. Brewers likely start the favorite. The other team that Milwaukee would compete against is San Diego. It might be a year too early for the Padres, but they have the talent. Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, and talented young pitching staff. Texas has some dudes, but the projections never felt that good about them. Seattle and Kansas City are both bottom-feeders this season.
In the article, there are quotes from Tony La Russa about how you need to put everything on the table. While projections look good to be in the clear by June, does baseball want to wait that long? And if other states are going to take longer, is this the solution to get baseball back on its feet? But what happens in July when every state seems cured? Do we revert to original divisions? That part is unanswered. Once fans are allowed back, teams will want to play at home for the revenue opportunities.
Every day it seems like new info comes out but this is a step in the right direction.