mamorris wrote: From memory, the AL won 132 games to the NL's 112.
Good memory and that is a very healthy advantage the AL enjoyed this season. The AL also won more games in 2004.
With the amount of guys changing leagues, going back further than that would be pointless.
Of course another measure of the relative league strengths is the current World Champions who of course are an AL league team.
NZF, read the last paragraph of my previous post. That difference was mainly created by, again, the atrocity of the NL West. If you take out the games played by the NL West, the NL has a slight advantage.
The World Champions aren't a good indicator of relative league strength, it's a measure of which league had the #1 team in the playoffs the year before. Playoff success is very much a crapshoot.
New Zealand Fan wrote:Regardless of being good indicators or not, these are the only measurable devices we can use. So if you don't want to compare apples with oranges, you must use them.
And when you do, whatever way you look at it, right now the AL comes out on top.
And that's why NL pitchers are way better value than AL pitchers
I agree that NL pitchers are better value than AL pitchers. However, you're ignoring everything I'm saying. If you take out the NL West's interleague games (as I've been saying all along), the NL has the advantage over the AL in interleague. How's that for a measurable device?
If you look back I never said that the NL was a better league than the AL if you include the NL West. I do believe, however, that the NL is somewhat better once you take them out.
I can't believe it took until the 2nd page of this thread for someone to bring up the Win Loss of Interleague play. Yea, the AL pasted the NL this year, but the NL pasted the AL in 2003. 2004 is dead even (The AL having one extra win in an odd number of games played doesn't count for anything.)
How come no one's brought up the World Series winners either? AL and the NL are fairly even,and with talent jumping back and forth between the leagues, it will most likely stay that way.
This year the AL dominated.
Historically it is pretty even the the AL winning 1095 total games and the NL winning 1104.
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike