"Apparently," said MacPhail, "the club owners are just going to sit back and wait for pay television to solve all their problems."
"What do you think about the third league idea?"
"Baloney!" exclaimed MacPhail. "It's simply more evidence of the almost hopeless confusion that exists in baseball today."
"You're for expanding the present leagues."
"Well," said MacPhail, "of course, I am. It's really a joke when you stop to think that one major league has only one club east of the Ohio River and the other has only one club west of Chicago. The largest city in the country has baseball only 77 days a year. So the majority of club owners have what are in effect semicivic monopolies, and they don't want to give them up."
They don't want to see expansion. They won't take the steps necessary to expand each league into 12 clubs with an eastern and western division in each league, each division composed of six clubs."
"How fast could that be done?"
"Oh," said MacPhail, "it probably wouldn't be advisable to add four additional clubs to each league in one season. But it would be possible to add two clubs to each league next year and two more two or three years from now. The only thing preventing this is the selfishness of a group of club owners in control of each major league. They simply don't want expansion and so they say, 'Oh, God bless the third league.' "
(Later, when formation of the new Continental League was announced, MacPhail still insisted that the idea was "silly.")
Jeanie came into the room, carrying her toy flute.