Friday, February 22, 2008

Brewers Back To The American League?

A rumor in the Kansas City Star says..."the Royals want to switch to the National League and the Brewers want to return to the American League."

Where this came from, who knows. It does say that KC had the first crack at shifting to the NL back in 1997, but turned it down...allowing the Crew to make the move.

For the Brewers, this wouldn't be a bad move in the short term...just because the DH could be used for either Prince/LaPorta, both serious DH material. Long term, it would be crazy for Milwaukee to go back to the AL. Think of the next, say, 30 years. I'm guessing it's easier to reach the World Series in the NL where you don't have to go through the Yankees or Red Sox seemingly every year.

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13 comments:

AP said...

at least we wouldn't have to watch Sheets bat anymore.....

AP said...

at least we wouldn't have to watch Sheets bat anymore.....

Scott Segrin said...

There are two fewer teams in the AL, meaning that "on average" a team makes the playoffs more often in the AL than the NL. Personally, I hated the switch to the NL and still do. I think AL ball is much more exciting. I was hoping that when Montreal moved that they would go back to the AL and Brewers move with them.

This all, of course, goes back to Bud Selig being a Milwaukee Braves fan.

highplaya said...

at least we wouldn't have to watch Sheets bat anymore.....

highplaya said...

I like watching National league ball more than American because there is much more strategy involved with when to use the bullpen and pinch hitters. Plus I like seeing small ball played.

Woz said...

I prefer watching the more strategic game that the NL has to offer. Otherwise, we would have no reason to bash Ned Yost for letting Dave Bush hit in the top of an inning and then pulling him before he goes back out to pitch in the bottom.

Don't forget that with the league move, interleague play also started. So the Brewers see their old rivals every other year or so (I don't know the exact schedule).

I think its safe to say that most Brewer fans enjoy the new rivalries, especially with the Cubs.

Scott does have a good point about the number of teams in the AL, but I still think the Brewers have a better overall shot at making the playoffs every year playing in this division instead of any AL Division (I have no statistical analysis to back this up).

Anonymous said...

When your coach is Ned Yost, you want to be in the league that requires the smallest amount of strategy.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, move'em back to the AL. This team will be the second coming of Harvey's Wallbangers.
"I'm talkin' baseball, Molitor and Yount....Brewer Baseball...."

Scott Segrin said...

See, I don't think that NL ball has more strategy than AL ball. When your pitcher comes up to bat in the third inning with a guy on first and one out, you bunt him over. That's not strategy - that's making an obvious move. Neither is it strategy to pinch hit for your pitcher when your down by a couple of runs late in the game. It's a no brainer. The acts of bunting and pinch hitting by themselves are not strategy. Deciding when to appropriately use them is. I would argue that those decision come up more often in the AL than in the NL. There's a lot more to deciding whether you should ask Julio Lugo to bunt than there is to deciding whether you should ask Ben Sheets to.

Jason said...

you missed the most important brewer story of the week.

Prince Fielder is on an all-sunflower seed diet

Well, not quite. But the Brewers' hefty slugger showed up to camp on Wednesday and dropped the mother of bombshells for someone of his considerable size: He is now a vegetarian. After learning the dirty truth about how cows are cut up, he now eats no meat and no fish but he does consume plenty of ketchup-drowned Boca Burgers.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

It wasn't always this way. Fielder used to enjoy a stacked burger or a juicy steak as much as any carnivore, but a few weeks ago he received a book from his wife, Chanel, that changed his outlook on what he puts in his massive frame. The book described how certain animals are treated and slaughtered for food.


"After reading that, (meat) just didn't sound good to me anymore," Fielder said. "It grossed me out a little bit. It's not a diet thing or anything like that. I don't miss it at all."

garcia said...

there's already a post in that story

highplaya said...

American league team shouldn't bunt. Its a wasted out.

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