Baseball: Off to Splitsville

Byron once observed that all comedies end in marriage. Last week the 65-year-old marriage of convenience be tween baseball's two major leagues seemed to be turning into a comedy.

The National League decided to go international; it expanded to twelve teams — by adding new franchises in Montreal and San Diego — while retaining its traditional monolithic league structure and 1 62-game schedule. The American League, on the other hand, decided to go intramural. It split into two six-team divisions, with each team scheduled to play 156 games (90 games against its own division, 66 against the other) and the...