But as the season begins, MLB hasn't hesitated to stumble out of the box. No reason the season had to begin in Japan. And to make the defending World Champs play a one-game series in Miami wouldn't be what I would call "in the best interest of baseball."
I don't want to compare leagues, but this is one area the National Football League has succeeded in. They begin their season with the defending champs playing at home, not on the road to play second fiddle to a team opening a new ballpark.
- American League East - New York Yankees
- American League Central - Detroit Tigers
- American League West - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- National League East - Philadelphia Phillies
- National League Central - Cincinnati Reds
- National League West - San Francisco Giants
- AL Wild Card - Texas Rangers & Tampa Bay Rays
- NL Wild Card - Miami Marlins & Milwaukee Brewers