This used to be what kept me up at night:
AL Kind of South:
Just spitballin' here, but here's my guess as to what the best teams in the NL West would have been under the new alignment:
In 2000, the NL playoff teams would have been the Giants and the White Sox, with the A's and Cardinals as the wild cards. No Al Leiter. No Bobby Jones. No Timo F. Perez.
In 2003, the NL playoff teams would have been the Giants and the Twins, with the A's and the Cubs as the wild cards. No Ivan Rodriguez. No Derrek Lee. No Brad F. Penny.
The Giants would have won the World Series in one of those seasons.
Ergo, Peter Magowan is the reason the Giants didn't win a World Series during the tenure of Barry Bonds. Well, the whole reluctance to bump up payroll earlier in the Giants' successful run didn't help. Sidney Ponson and Mark Gardner didn't help, either. But the realignment thing for sure. It's, like, mathematically provable.
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