Leyland: Realignment being considered

Leyland: Realignment being considered

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland said on Saturday that realignment has been discussed by Major League Baseball and its Special Committee for On-Field Matters, seconding an ESPN.com report that the topic has come up in labor negotiations. But Leyland said nothing has been planned yet, beyond the discussion stages.

Leyland believes something will happen. He just doesn't know what.

"That's been tossed around for a while," Leyland said. "I don't really know what the answer is -- the same amount of teams in both leagues, [what to do] when somebody's off, Interleague Play. That's a pretty complicated issue just yet, but I look for something in the future to be changed, for sure. I don't know what exactly it would be, but I look for kind of a restructuring."

The issue is one of many that has been brought up by the committee, which was put together two years ago with the ability to put anything on the table for discussion. Leyland, one of three current managers on the 14-person committee, along with Tony La Russa and Mike Scioscia, said he has learned quite a bit from the experience, including how much easier it is to discuss change than implement it.

"Most people don't realize it, including myself, but there are so many channels that you have to go through before you can get something changed," Leyland said. "It's not just like you wake up and say, 'I don't like this anymore.' You have to go through ownership. You have to go through the Players Association. There are just so many things involved.

"When you talk about scheduling and that, you're talking about TV contracts. It's just too complicated for the average guy until you sit down, including myself. I'm just saying right now, [realignment] is in the stages where it's just too complicated yet."