GiantsFan14 wrote:i'd deal with it if they also balanced the schedule and got rid of divisions.
Bowden's proposal for geographical realignment:
AMERICAN CONFERENCE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Eastern Division Southeast Division Boston Red Sox Atlanta Braves New York Mets Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees Florida Marlins Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays Washington Nationals
Central Division Western Division Cincinnati Reds Arizona Diamondbacks Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Detroit Tigers Houston Astros Minnesota Twins Seattle Mariners Pittsburgh Pirates Texas Rangers
Midwest Division California Division Chicago Cubs Los Angeles Angels Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Dodgers Kansas City Royals Oakland Athletics Milwaukee Brewers San Diego Padres St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants
It would be really dumb for them not to do this given how many pitchers get hurt hitting/running the bases every year. I get the fact that 'this is how the game is supposed to be played' and I get that it adds 'tons of strategy' (IE once every 4 or 5 games there is a hard choice). The reality is major league pitchers do not get enough reps at batting to be expected to hit these days and it is insane to suggest that AL pitchers should be hitting. They either have to add the DH or get rid of inter-league and I can tell you which one isn't likely out of those two.
fast dogs wrote:There is no question that the style of NL baseball is more interesting and nuanced than AL baseball. Yes, it's a better game, the way chess is a better game than checkers
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I agree in the playoffs where you really leverage your bullpen more. Regular season there really isn't much difference. I tracked this last year with the Brewers for about 35 games and there were all of 6 games during that span that there was a real choice involved in the process. Most of the time it is take your pitcher out after 100 pitches and PH with your normal guys with maybe a double switch if it makes a lot of sense but it was strategy that my 13 year old could figure out for the most part.
With the money being invested in these guys, it wouldn't surprise me a bit. It would be a sad day if/when it happens though. And I really do not like the division set ups with two teams from the same city.
C- Santana 1B - Huff 2B - Wigginton 3B - Longoria SS - Tulowitzki OF - Posednik OF - Suzuki OF - J. Upton DH - Lind Bench: C. Pena, Morneau, Prado, Bay, Barmes SP: Oswalt, Hammels, Nolasco, Weaver, Shields, Lackey, Vargas, Volquez RP: Soriano, Perez
Ender wrote:It would be really dumb for them not to do this given how many pitchers get hurt hitting/running the bases every year.
Pitchers get hurt fielding and playing Guitar Hero, too.
Also, when did we start to feel the need to treat pitchers like fragile children?? last time I checked they were still athletes, right? Obviously, I have an NL-bias here, but having a DH basically takes away a lot of the strategy & intricacies of the game.