Now imagine a similar feeling when attending the future I-5 rivalry between the Seattle Mariners and Portland…
The time can't come soon enough. But let's take a look at how the proposed MLB expansion from 30 to 32 teams will actually effect the league.
According to Axios writer Kendall Baker, who was reminded from an article published one year ago, that an expansion would most likely bring new structure to the league, and more specifically dividing the 32 teams up into four divisions rather than just the American and National league.
"One proposal would be to geographically restructure into four divisions, which would create a major reduction in travel ... and add to the natural rivalries by not just having them as inter-league attractions, but rather a part of the regular divisional battles." (It would also likely mean every team would use a DH.)
Assuming that Portland and Montreal (the other location rumored to be a part of the MLB expansion) are in, let's see the teams that would be listed in each division: East, North, Midwest, and West:
So rather than the six divisions (AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL East, NL Central, and NL West), the league would have just four, limited long travel, and the space for rivalries to grow.