The Cleveland Indians might count the Reds and Dodgers as division rivals in 2020 as MLB discusses how to play games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Major League Baseball continues to look for ways to play games in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic upheaves the lives of people all over the world. One plan to get the game going involves radical realignment, which would put the Cleveland Indians in the same division as the Dodgers, Reds, Angles and White Sox.
This plan, which is one of many baseball is reportedly considering, was reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The selling point on the proposal is that the teams who use Arizona as their Spring Training Location would stay in the Cactus League, while the teams who play in Florida would compete in the Grapefruit League.
No fans would be in attendance in either league, but at least the game would go on. Previously, baseball had been discussing having every team compete in Arizona. The new plan, would at least level the playing field by allowing teams to stay at their Spring Training facilities.
Before the regular season started, teams would get three weeks of extended Spring Training.
Here’s how the rest of the league would be restructured:
West: Indians, Dodgers, Reds, White Sox, Angels
Northeast: Cubs, Giants, Diamondbacks, Rockies, A’s.
Northwest: Brewers, Padres, Mariners, Rangers, Royals.
North: Yankees, Phillies, Blue Jays, Tigers, Pirates.
South: Red Sox, Twins, Braves, Rays, Orioles
East: Nationals, Astros, Mets, Cardinals, Marlins.
From a competitive standpoint, the Indians will have their hands full in the West.
The Dodgers were a favorite to contend for the World Series, while the White Sox and Reds are much improved. Chris Antonetti and company could’ve never imagined the prospect of facing Trevor Bauer in a division race when they dealt him last July.
It’s an interesting plan, but it remains to be seen whether it’s feasible.. As of April 10, Florida had the eighth highest total (17,539) of cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. Arizona has 3,112 reported cases.