Originally Posted by jojo
I haven't even lit a cigarette let alone set foot on a farm so no strawmen were injured during the creation of this discussion.
The AL and the NL styles present different sets of managerial decisions. One style makes you watch the guy batting 8th get pitched around so you can watch the pitcher try to hit. The other doesn't.
I greatly enjoy thinking about and debating roster management and concerning the game itself, outside of seeing great defensive plays (especially at key moments of the game) and the ballet that is good defense, and perhaps the suicide squeeze/play at the plate, my favorite part of the game is watching the battle between the pitcher and hitter.
The NL style literally dilutes that aspect of the experience (battle between pitcher and hitter). Stating that does not imply a moral judgement-it simply acknowledges a fact.
Again, so those are the only two differences in managing an NL and AL game?
This discussion seems to be about preference, yet folks claim their reasons are superior. It really is not much deeper than the women who root for a team because of the pretty team colors.