…Being an exercise in nonsense and sheer conjecture about what COULD HAVE happened, as devised by the esteemed Mr. Joseph Shlabotnik, whose knowlege of baseball history is sufficient to label him as someone who “knows just enough to be dangerous”.
If you travel back in time and stop Charles O. Finley from buying the Athletics, the alternative buyer could’ve been someone who would keep the team in Kansas City.
If you keep the Athletics in Kansas City, then you obviously wouldn’t have the Kansas City Royals.
If you keep the Athletics in Kansas City, you also would not have the city of Kansas City threaten a lawsuit.
If Kansas City is not going to sue, you can take your time in expanding and wait an extra year or two to allow for better-financed expansion team ownership.
If you allow for better-financed ownership, the Padres don’t nearly leave San Diego in 1974.
If you allow for better-financed ownership, then the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season.
If the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season, the city of Seattle doesn’t threaten to sue.
If the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season and the city of Seattle doesn’t threaten to sue, you don’t need the Seattle Mariners.
If you don’t need the Mariners, you don’t need to expand in 1977.
If you don’t expand in 1977, you don’t have the Toronto Blue Jays.
If you don’t have a team in Toronto, you have a large market ripe for relocation.
If you have a large market ripe for relocation, the White Sox get to kiss aging Comiskey goodbye and you get the Toronto White Sox.
If the White Sox move to Toronto and the Cubs get the city to themselves, the Cubs then have the wherewithal to field a winning team and…………..
…Nah, let’s not get crazy here.
Other side-effects of keeping Finley away from the Athletics:
You wouldn’t have the Athletics wearing green & gold. You wouldn’t have a team whose official name is the “A’s”.
You wouldn’t have anybody to give Jim Hunter the nickname “Catfish”
Topps wouldn’t spend two years taking measures to avoid showing the “KC” on players’ caps.
You wouldn’t have anyone deciding to have a “Designated Pinch Runner” on his roster.
Does anybody have any other potential ramifications? Just make sure that when you travel back in time, you don’t step on a butterfly…