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MLB Commissioner for a Day: What rules changes would you make?

By Judy Kamilhor
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If you had the keys to the MLB Commissioner’s office, what would you change about the game?

Breaking News: All the top MLB administrators have been abducted by aliens—the old Las Vegas 51s in fact—and somehow I have been handed the title until the aliens release Rob Manfred, Joe Torre, and company.

The people are demanding I don’t just sit around and let things continue as is. They want change. I’m ready to make a few.

The MLB Schedule

The schedule is decreased from 162 games back to 154, as legions of people have suggested. Opening Day for all teams would be the second Sunday in April. The season is too long, causing fatigue, which leads to injuries.

September 30 would be the last game, and all teams are scheduled to start at 3:00 PM EDT, which has been done for the last few years.

No more interleague play. Enough already. I am not the only one who thinks this has gotten stale.

To make this manageable, and to increase the structural balance, we will add two teams and then cap expansion for at least 20 years. I select Montreal and Nashville.

We will keep the American League and National Leagues, dividing the 32 teams into four divisions of four teams in each league. Here is an alternative set of proposals, related to expansion, schedule, playoffs, and DH. I agree with some of this and disagree with some, as you will see.

Here are the new divisions:


  • Yankees
  • Red Sox
  • Baltimore
  • Cleveland


  • Toronto
  • Minnesota
  • Detroit
  • Chicago


  • Texas
  • Houston
  • Nashville
  • Tampa Bay


  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle
  • Oakland
  • Kansas City


  • New York Mets!
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington
  • Montreal


  • Chicago
  • Milwaukee
  • Pittsburgh
  • Colorado


  • St. Louis
  • Atlanta
  • Cincinnati
  • Miami


  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco
  • San Diego
  • Arizona

As many have suggested, we will bring back Sunday doubleheaders on Memorial Day, mid-June, July 4, early-August, and Labor Day. These changes give us roughly 25 off-days to distribute throughout the season. There will always be an off-day after a scheduled doubleheader.

There will be more off-days later in the season to make it easier to reschedule rainouts, and still give the players some needed time off in August and September. Rain takes care of some off-days early in the season, so there will be fewer scheduled off-days then.

Each team plays 18 games against its own division, eight games against each non-division opponent, plus one extra game against a rotating division (in other words, Mets would play nine games each against the NL South one year, then against the NL West the next year, etc.).