As an A’s or Giants fan it's hard to wrap your mind around the idea of the two teams possibly becoming division foes after so many years in opposite leagues.
But in a potential MLB realignment proposal to bring baseball back in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new division would have Oakland and San Francisco competing against each other along with the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
The scenario took the geography of each organization’s spring training facility into account in aligning the divisions.
NBC Sports Bay Area asked fans of both teams whether they would enjoy seeing the Bay Bridge Series turn into a divisional rivalry, the result was a majority were not in favor, although the margin was slim.
Do you want to see A's and Giants in the same division?— NBCSAuthentic (@NBCSAuthentic) April 10, 2020
Clearly fans don't want a change to the status quo in the series, which has the teams meeting four times a season, twice in San Francisco and twice in Oakland.
Imagine that number doubling, and this rivalry could become a lot more contentious.
The players don't share much bad blood, but there is deep-seated animosity between Giants and A's fans, although it's nothing compared to San Francisco's relationship with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Although at this point, many fans likely would accept any number of scenarios that could bring live baseball back with sports being put on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic
But for Bay Area fans that plan shouldn't involve pairing the Giants and A’s in a division together.