We already know that some big changes are coming for Major League Baseball in 2023.
A pitch clock will be introduced, the bases will be slightly bigger, and the exaggerated shift will be banned.
But there may be more than just those changes coming for MLB in the near future.
On top of the possible implementation of the automatic strike zone, Rob Manfred, MLB’s commissioner, has said that he wants to expand the league to 32 teams soon.
The postseason has already been expanded to 12 teams, but Manfred seems to want to expand the entire league.
MLB on FOX tweeted the news about Manfred’s future plans.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 30, 2022
Times Are Changing
A lot of the upcoming changes are welcome changes for the game of baseball.
However, does MLB really need to expand?
There are 30 teams, 15 per league, and five per division.
If MLB is expanded, the balance will be slightly offset.
There are enough teams in MLB.
There are some cities that probably won’t be able to support a baseball team.
Once again, Manfred is proving that he just wants to do things for the sake of doing them, not actually making the game better.
Baseball does not need more teams.
There are already enough teams in both leagues and in each division.
The electronic strike zone should be Manfred’s main focus, not expanding the league.
This might just be another way for him to try and push for the postseason to be expanded even further, beyond 12 teams.
That doesn’t need to happen.
12 teams in the playoffs is enough and keeps the integrity of 162 games intact.
Adding more teams to the league will only give Manfred more incentive to try and expand the postseason field.