Colorado Rockies: The effect of and fixes for the “Coors Field hangover”

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies argues with home plate umpire Ben May #97 after he struck out in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants during the Giants home opener at Oracle Park on April 09, 2021 in San Francisco, California. May ejected Blackmon from the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies argues with home plate umpire Ben May #97 after he struck out in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants during the Giants home opener at Oracle Park on April 09, 2021 in San Francisco, California. May ejected Blackmon from the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Apr 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of the Kansas City Royals logo on seats with complimentary flags for fans before the Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of the Kansas City Royals logo on seats with complimentary flags for fans before the Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

Schedule fix 2: New division, who dis?

The second solution I have devised is for the Rockies to move divisions. Unfortunately, this is something that is not as easy to do as just being conscious of the Rockies schedule, it is going to affect a lot more teams throughout the league.

First, what if we just place the Rockies into an existing division? An even swap for another team to be in the NL West?

Well, unfortunately, no teams can really meet this goal. The Rockies would have just as many sea-level opponents as they currently do if they were to just swap with someone in the AL West. While the NL/AL Central Divisions could work from a geography standpoint (Rockies are about as far from the Central teams as they are from the NL West teams), there would be no team currently in the Central Divisions that could feasibly work in the NL West.

Ok, so that doesn’t work, but here is something that could work: Completely rearranging the Western Divisions.

For this, I propose the MLB move the Rockies and Diamondbacks into the AL West, being replaced in the NL West by Oakland and Seattle. Now, this could be an issue league-wide because that would make the NL West the only division to play entirely at sea level. However, there are already two divisions in the league that are solely middle elevation teams, so I am fine with the NL West being entirely coastal.

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