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    MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6651634

    I do think that with interleague play, this is a very possible option. The team discussed in the article is the Astros, which seems logical. But, the more radical overall concept is the elimination of the divisions. This seems like a great idea (especially for the Blue Jays, Rays, and Orioles). The most important thing in this system is that the #1 overall seed needs a huge reward, like getting 4 home games in the best of 5 series, or something along those lines.
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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    I think its about time they even out the leagues. And its time to make interleague play a season long event. The NBA and the NFL do it without any problems.
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    I say keep everything the same but either DH for both NL And AL or pitchers have to hit in AL
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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Sabowned View Post
    I think its about time they even out the leagues. And its time to make interleague play a season long event. The NBA and the NFL do it without any problems.
    Agree 100% No reason why that can't be accomplished with a 162-game schedule.
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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    Give up interleague play and go back to a balanced schedule where all teams play each other an equal amount of times

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    I'm not sure why they'd pick Houston, though. Seems like they'd want to keep one NL and one AL team in Texas. Colorado maybe? Or move Milwaukee back.
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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    Quote Originally Posted by 40YrRedsFan View Post
    Give up interleague play and go back to a balanced schedule where all teams play each other an equal amount of times
    I like getting to see some of the great AL stars play against Cincinnati. It's crazy that MLB went so long with fans not being able to see some of the greats from the opposite league up close.
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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    To have interleague play be an even bigger part of the schedule (necessary with this change), I think it's high-time that either the AL hits with the pitcher or the NL features the DH. I don't really care either way, but regardless of which one they use, it needs to be the same for both leagues.

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    Quote Originally Posted by 40YrRedsFan View Post
    Give up interleague play and go back to a balanced schedule where all teams play each other an equal amount of times
    Interleague play isn't going anywhere. Right or wrong, attendance does tend to increase during interleague play and a lot of me thinks that this is one of the reasons that they are discussing this type of realignment/scheduling.

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    I hope this happens. I brought up the issue on this board a couple months ago and the main reason against it seemed to be how to balance the schedule w/o including so many interleague games.

    I am totally for it. It's a shame that we don't get to see all the other 29 MLB teams each year in my opinion. A schedule featuring more interleage matchups would definitely help attendance....which in today's world means more $$$$ and perhaps better ratings to help compete with the NFL & NBA.

    Why not keep the three divisions in each league as they are (East, Central, West) and pluck the Astros from our division and stick them in the AL West??? I've always thought it to be a little unfair that we have to contend with five other teams for the division title while the Angels, A's, Mariners and Rangers have only three teams vying for theirs.
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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    Quote Originally Posted by ruREaDy2 View Post
    Why not keep the three divisions in each league as they are (East, Central, West) and pluck the Astros from our division and stick them in the AL West??? I've always thought it to be a little unfair that we have to contend with five other teams for the division title while the Angels, A's, Mariners and Rangers have only three teams vying for theirs.
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    Houston to AL West makes all the sense in the world.

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    As much as we hate interleague around here, I've come to accept that the AL will never relinquish the DH (Dunn/Konerko can't both play 1B, for example; there's no way to convince AL teams to give up their star veteran hitters who can't play a position), and that the NL is a superior league in terms of strategy for not having it.

    Also, I see the Astros moving. Of all the NL Central teams, they have the least in terms of history to lose by moving.

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    I wish the A.L. pitchers would hit..get rid of the DH IMO, and either the Astros or Brewers moving would work. There should be 15 teams in each league.

    As for interleague play. I like it because its something different, and I like seeing the good A.L. teams and there star players playing in the National league parks and vise versa

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    id like it. playing like 25% of the games vs the AL. and 75% against the NL dispersed equally.

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    Re: MLB discussing moving NL team to AL

    Quote Originally Posted by BluegrassRedleg View Post
    I'm not sure why they'd pick Houston, though. Seems like they'd want to keep one NL and one AL team in Texas. Colorado maybe? Or move Milwaukee back.
    I doubt they'd move the Brewers back as they've developed a great rivalry with the Cubs that they never had with the Sox.

    I think they should shift the Diamondbacks to the AL West (good regional rival for the Rangers and Angels) and then shift the Astros into the NL West.

    Now, on a wilder note with regards to the DH, here's a new idea:

    Starting pitchers have to hit, but also must now pitch into the 7th inning to get the win. You can use a DH once you've gone to your bullpen after the 7th inning. Starters have PLENTY of time in the off days to get into the batting cage and take some swings. The bullpen guys pitch almost every day, it makes sense for them to not have to bat.
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