The Greatest Conspiracy Ever

Normally we don’t link to Yankee blogs.

But in this case, we must.

Read Ryan Tandy’s latest conspiracy theory post on Bronx Brass Tax.

It will explain why the Mets are playing in a stadium that looks like Ebbetts Field.

And even if you don’t believe in conspiracy theories, this one has all the pieces in place — particularly when you consider the shell game Bud Selig played with the Expos, Red Sox, and Marlins a few years ago.

  1. gary s. April 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    Joe, thanks for the link..Kind of out there, but when i saw tickets for met games selling for a buck on stubhub the other day, anything is possible.It would certainly explain the Rotunda and the Dodger videos.
  2. Mike April 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    So, we’d end up with 29 teams? Another team (Rays?) goes to LA?

    I think conspiracies are fun to talk about but some people ruin them by actually believing them. It, in so many ways, is exactly like trade rumors in sports. Even just trade scenarios that are discussed. So it’s fun, until someone thinks it’s real.

    So, in the interest of fun, here’s my scenario for the conspiracy. The Mets are dissolved as in the scenario laid out by the Bronx Brass blog, with the Dodgers coming back to NYC. Then, the Rays are moved from TB to LA and maintain their name becoming the LA Rays (rolls off the tongue quite nice). The Rays move to the NL West (because the Angels won’t allow another LA team in the AL West), and the Dodgers to the NL East. This, of course means more shifting must be done. The NL still has 16 teams but the AL now only has 13. So, to mitigate this problem the Brewers move back to the AL Central and the Tigers move back to the AL East. So 14 and 15, there’s still a problem. This forces the MLB to either contract or add a team. Since there really is no good candidate for contraction, a team must be added to take over for the Mets starting in Tampa where an unused building sits.

    • Mark McGwire April 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm
      No good team for contraction? How about the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland A’s, or Seattle Mariners?

      Many would argue that there are one too many teams in Florida (or maybe two too many).

      I don’t know that this conspiracy theory is such a stretch. Look back in history with what MLB did with the Senators / Twins / Rangers. Or as Joe points out, the Expos/Marlins/Red Sox swindle that conveniently put John Henry in Boston and Jeff Loria in Miami. Maybe it’s silly to think the groundwork was laid 10 years ago, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Selig find a way to move the Dodgers back to NY.

      • Mike April 22, 2011 at 10:06 am
        The A’s. Yes of course. Sorry, when you make this up on the fly at work (when you should be, you know, working) you miss some things!

        So if the A’s are contracted then the Rays could go to the AL West to replace them, or if the same idea holds with the Angels not liking that then perhaps the Rockies or Dbacks would consider moving to the AL West. Then you would have 28 teams, 5-5-4 division setups again, and then everyone is happy.

      • Mike April 22, 2011 at 10:08 am
        And you could never contract the Pirates. They just got a stadium, same with Seattle. The A’s are in stadium hell right now. It’s the same reason the Minnesota will lose another team to LA (The Vikings). Stadiums get and keep teams.
    • Zimm April 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm
      And thus Portland, Oregon finally lands a team to supplement and rival the alienated Mariners (and everyone is happy because even though both teams suck there is still competition for the AL West cellar, which now consists of 5 teams). Myself, I am delighted because the loss of my beloved Mets means that I can root for a team in Oregon, my home state and root for a local team instead of being a fan of a team I never get to see in person because they play the Mariners once every 10 years or whatever. Kudos to conspiracy theories.

      You are also forgetting the highly plausible, NY adds a third team because lets face it, they can.

  3. NormE April 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm
    This is a lot of fun, but it gives too much credit to the brain power of Bud Selig and the Mighty Wilpons. The Madoff-Picard scenario was a wild card that no one could have predicted.