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Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:29 pm

i dont really think its an "entertainment" question though.
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Postby RocketsDWM » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:37 pm

There is still the injury part of it though. And entertainment should play a role. Fans go to the games right?
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Postby sportsaddict » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:37 pm

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davidmarver wrote:
RocketsDWM wrote:Why not have the best lineup out there?

Why not follow rule 1.01 in baseball's rulebook?
Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires.


Who would you rather see bat: Ortiz or Ben Sheets?

Seems like an obvious answer to me. Thats what I mean by the best possible lineup.

I dont want to see the star pitcher go down with an injury because he was swinging a bat.


That rarely happens in the NL, so why would it happen in the AL? It's much more likely that a pitcher get hurt on the mound as opposed to base running or in the batter's box.

Snakes Gould wrote:i dont really think its an "entertainment" question though.


I agree, people always make the statement that AL ball is more exciting but I see it as an issue of fairness as opposed to entertainment. It's a huge advantage for the AL to have the DH, so even if it's more entertaining, it's cheap to the NL because they don't have it.
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Postby bigh0rt » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:48 pm

AL managers would have to actually manage the game, the offensive edge in the AL would be slashed, roster dynamics would all change drastically for most AL teams, presumably several AL payrolls would drop slightly... all in all, it'd be good for the game. As someone already said, playing the game the way it was intended to be played. The AL is like Baseball Lite in its current state, and common folks could probably manage a game to a varying degree.
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Postby thedude » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:49 pm

wrveres wrote:You mean if the AL played the game the way it was intended?
I think that would be ideal.


I didn't know the NL pitchers threw underhand from 50 feet... That was the way it was intended. :-b
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Postby RocketsDWM » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:49 pm

Yeah I guess your right. The game is so pure anyways.
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Postby sportsaddict » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:51 pm

Oh yeah also, since bighort was talking about AL managers not having to manage the game as much, it got me to thinking that managers in the AL do not have to deal with pinch hitting for their pitchers like NL managers do. So when the 6th inning rolls around, and the pitcher's spot comes up in a 2-1 game with 2 on and 2 outs, the NL manager has to make the tough decision as to pinch hit or not, but the AL does not deal with this.
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Postby Payne Dailey » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:52 pm

There'd be less beanballs from AL pitchers. They should have ended the experiment a long time ago.
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Postby theclefe » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:54 pm

Payne Dailey wrote:There'd be less beanballs from AL pitchers. They should have ended the experiment a long time ago.


But then you wouldn't have a sig. :-?
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Postby thedude » Sun Jun 03, 2007 8:54 pm

sportsaddict wrote:I agree, people always make the statement that AL ball is more exciting but I see it as an issue of fairness as opposed to entertainment. It's a huge advantage for the AL to have the DH, so even if it's more entertaining, it's cheap to the NL because they don't have it.



I disagree. From player management side it gives the NL a large advantage.

The AL needs to allocate money to field start 9 everyday players. The NL only needs to field 8 starting everyday players. So NL teams can spend more money on each individual player. This enables an NL Team X, which has the same budget as an AL Team Y, to outbid Team Y, and thereby get the best free agents.
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