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Should MLB have promotion and relegation?

Two writers enter. Neither are allowed to form their own Super League.

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Welcome to the next installment of the Hustle Double, where we debate questions and determine the winner based on your votes!

This week, we’re debating whether or not Major League Baseball would be better by adopting European-style promotion and relegation.

For those not familiar, European soccer leagues exist in a kind of hierarchy where every season the top three teams and bottom three teams in the standings are either promoted to a more prestigious league or relegated to a lower league. The English football divisions are composed of the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, and further down to an eighth division. Each year three teams from the Premier League are relegated to the Championship and three teams from the Championship are promoted to the Premier League based on standings in league play.

Baseball’s hierarchy is pretty well understood, and in a promotion-relegation system, we’d have to assume that farm clubs are not actually part of a farm system but rather independently owned because, for example, Cleveland wouldn’t want to pay Columbus players to contribute to Cleveland’s relegation.

As a refresher, here’s how the Hustle Double format works:

  1. We announce the debate topic, as well as the randomly assigned sides and the order of our debate.
  2. The community votes in our poll at the end of this article to establish who they think had the more tragic downfall before the debate begins.
  3. Chris and Blake engage in three rounds of dialogue, arguing the merits of their positions.
  4. After the debate, the community votes on the same question again. The debater who positively influenced the movement of more votes is the winner.

Blake won the coin toss and ceded the opening argument to Chris, who will be arguing on behalf of relegation/promotion. Blake will side with the current system.

We will present the results of our debate tomorrow at noon, at which time you can vote for the winner. Comments on this post will be closed to avoid influencing the final tallies.


Should MLB adopt promotion-relegation?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    (77 votes)
  • 65%
    (145 votes)
222 votes total Vote Now