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Old 04-16-2007, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default Baseball--AL or NL?

Which league do you like best?

I'm an AL guy. Grew up watching the AL with the Brew Crew and I think it is a much more exciting brand of baseball.

I've gotten a good taste of the NL since the Brewers switched over and I enjoy it, but I have to admit I'm still an AL fan. The automatic out for the pitcher is stoopid.

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Old 04-16-2007, 01:44 AM   #2
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NL baby. No doubt.

Play like baseball was meant to be played. . . LET THE PITCHER BAT!

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Let the pitcher bat.

Let the pitchers throw inside

Hell, let the pitchers bean people.

Baseball, back to its roots, baby....

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Old 04-16-2007, 01:51 AM   #4
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And this thread doesn't have a poll why?

I grew up with the DH, but I can't stand it. I *hate* the whole, leadoff-man-get-a-walk-then-hope-the-DH-hits-a-bomb "strategy." I like that there's actually some management required of the manager in NL games. Do you let the pitcher hit 'cause he's mowin' them down, or take him out because it's the 7th inning and he's almost done anyway? I love that there are more steals, and sacrifices, and all of that. Small ball, to me, is much, MUCH more exciting that "work the count then swing from your heels."

As much as I love Papi, he *ought* to be playing 1st base. I really don't think he should ever be MVP if he never goes in the field.

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Old 04-16-2007, 02:04 AM   #5
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Pitchers suck at hitting. Who wants to see two easy outs at the end of the rotation? The AL brand of baseball is far superior and much more exciting.

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Pitchers suck at hitting. Who wants to see two easy outs at the end of the rotation? The AL brand of baseball is far superior and much more exciting.
Yes, but the American League killed the inside pitch.


Once the pitchers stopped batting, they no longer had to fear retribution. They could bean with impunity. This lead to a rash of beanings and riots, ultimately leading to a severe clamp-down on inside pitching. Thus we enter the era of the power hitter, where small ball means less.


And, those last two hitters aren't "easy outs"- they are your two chances to move a runner into scoring position before turning the order.

See? It's called small ball and it's the way the game is supposed to be played. With strategy. Ditto for the inside pitch. Knowing when, where, and at whom to throw inside was a big part of the game. Nowadays, you throw down the middle and let the big guy smack it around. borrrring...
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Yes, but the American League killed the inside pitch.


Once the pitchers stopped batting, they no longer had to fear retribution. They could bean with impunity. This lead to a rash of beanings and riots, ultimately leading to a severe clamp-down on inside pitching. Thus we enter the era of the power hitter, where small ball means less.


And, those last two hitters aren't "easy outs"- they are your two chances to move a runner into scoring position before turning the order.

See? It's called small ball and it's the way the game is supposed to be played. With strategy. Ditto for the inside pitch. Knowing when, where, and at whom to throw inside was a big part of the game. Nowadays, you throw down the middle and let the big guy smack it around. borrrring...
I understand small ball - my team of choice actually played quite a bit of it in 05 when they won the WS. Pitchers may not have to face other pitchers, but their teammates do and that's a pretty decent deterrent.

Pitchers ARE, by in large EASY outs. Most #9 hitters are too - or #8's in the NL. Ya, you can pitch hit and pull a double switch, but I like seeing pitchers face guys like Ortiz and Thome. Without the DH, their careers would be over.
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:22 AM   #8
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I'm an AL fan personally, however, I think pitchers should hit (I also think they should field their position!)

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I don't buy it. #8 and 9 hitters are easy outs? Maybe in Little League, but we're talking about the pros... hitting in the .220's is nothing to sneeze at...

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I don't buy it. #8 and 9 hitters are easy outs? Maybe in Little League, but we're talking about the pros... hitting in the .220's is nothing to sneeze at...
.220 sucks - especially when their RISP and HR total is low
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