The Toronto Blue Jays will have their work cut out for them if the MLB goes ahead with the proposed 10-team division realignment for the 2020 campaign.
The Blue Jays are no stranger to being up against steep competition in the American League East, however, this season may be even tougher with the addition of the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.
The proposed 10-team division the Blue Jays would slide into consists of the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Nationals, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, and Marlins. Essentially, they would be joining the AL and NL East divisions with the exception of the Atlanta Braves who would be swapped out for the Pirates.
That new division would feature six teams who had a winning percentage over .500 in 2019 while also including the World Series Champions. Last season the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Phillies, Mets, and Nationals all had more wins than losses.
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For all you Marcus Stroman fans, this new realignment will definitely provide some entertainment as we will surely see the “Stro-Show” more often playing in the same division. Some other familiar faces you wouldn’t normally see include Daniel Hudson (Nationals), Eric Thames (Nationals), Yan Gomes (Nationals), Jon Berti (Marlins), Harold Ramirez (Marlins), Jake Marisnick (Mets), Luke Maile (Pirates) and of course Kevin Pillar who signed a one-year pact with the Red Sox.
This latest proposal would see the MLB season begin in late June or early July and feature all the teams playing in their respective home cities without spectators. This format would also include an expanded postseason.
The rosters could also be increased depending on what transpires with the minor league ranks. There have been rumblings that all minor-league games may be outright canceled, however, nothing has been remotely finalized concerning the farm teams.
It will definitely be a season in flux with constant tweaking as they go but at least it is a season. Hopefully, the MLB and MLBPA can find some common ground and get this thing off the ground, that is if in-fact the pandemic cooperates in the coming weeks.