As the sun sets on the MLB season, fans certainly have many things to look forward to in the offseason. One of the things that I am looking forward to is the balance to the leagues. It seems almost a done deal that the Astros will join the American League, making interleague play an everyday occurrence. And with this the whole AL vs NL debate over the DH has sprung up again.
I have a solution to the issue that really has never been suggested. Why doesn`t Major League baseball consider expanding by adding two new teams to the American League. Realistically, there are many options that could work. Look at Las Vegas. This area is dying for a professional sports team. So many people go into the city as it is, a baseball game would be a great addition to Vegas. The Portland area is the biggest metropolitan area in the USA without a professional team. Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Sacramento, Charlotte or Indianapolis are all logical choices. And to those saying two expansion teams to the AL would weaken the league, need to remember that Houston`s franchise is just abysmal.
By adding these two teams, both leagues would have equal number of teams, and the same games against division opponents. This would also allow MLB to do away with interleague. Let’s be honest here folks, this idea has run its course. It messes terribly with people`s lineups. Does Adrian Gonzalez really need to be in Right Field? Or Alex Avila lining up at 3<sup>rd</sup> Base, a position he has never played in the MLB? No, not at all. The American League and National League are different, and there`s nothing wrong with that.
Keep the World Series special, and make that the only interleague series.