The League of Ordinary Gentlemen

With the Boston Red Sox already clinching the AL East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, I thought I would write about what I feel is the worst thing about American baseball: the Jan Brady of the major leagues, National League baseball.

The NL for me is really hard to watch. I’m sure it has something to do with growing up in New England and being exposed to AL baseball before there was interleague play. There were very few National League games on TV in New England. After watching some of the junior varsity baseball that’s being played in NL cities, I am thankful for this. Here is a fact: Nobody wants to see pitchers stand at the plate and either watch pitches go past them without ever letting the bat leave their shoulder or, even worse, think they can hit and end up flailing around with the bat. Pitchers are an easy four outs a game, every game. It’s tough to watch.

People can say what they want about the designated hitter. That it’s unfair to have a guy that only hits. That the DH isn’t a real ballplayer. That you should have to field and throw. But when guys like David Ortiz or Frank Thomas come to the plate, no one changes the channel. Can you say the same when Pedro Martinez is up?

It’s no coincidence that the American League has the better record in 8 of the 11 years of interleague play and has 10 of the last 11 All Star games. It should also be noted that this season, teams with a .528 winning percentage are making the playoffs in the NL. This same team in the AL would be watching the playoffs from their couches.

NL fans state that there is more strategy in National League games, with double switches and small ball. The AL could implement these strategies. But why? They already have superior pitching, better hitting, and more exciting games. With another World Series coming to the American League this season, I wouldn’t change a thing.

6 Responses to “The League of Ordinary Gentlemen”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The NL may have the Colorado Rockies respresent them in the playoff’s, c’mon now, the Rockies?? stick with the DH, stick with the AL, maybe the NL can learn something………………… a side note, the only time I enjoy the NL is when you get a throwback pitcher who can actually hit, I loved watching the Marlins bat Dontrele Willis in the 6 spot last year.

  2. Christian McCrory Says:

    The NL is a joke. Lets face it the team who wins the ALCS will win the world series, the world series it self will be like four cool down games. And so what dontrele can hit better than half his team, look who he plays for. after the season he had this year they might want to convert him into a fielder cause he clearly forgot how to pitch.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I agree he had an off year. But you gotta admit, back in 05, when was pitching out of his mind, and hitting decent, that was fun to watch.

  4. Dave Says:

    When I was writing this post, the only pitcher I thought of as being a decent hitter was Dontrelle Willis. He had an off year playing for a crappy team. Dontrelle strikes me as the type of player that needs to be pitching in meaningful games for him to be at his best. When he pitched against Barry Bonds this season, he brought his “A” game and was awesome. With that being said, If Florida ever makes him available I guarantee Boston would be very interested in him.
    Thanks for commenting.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Here’s a side note Dave,
    Please check your stats.. When the AL plays the NL…they lose.
    The Colorado Rockies have smoked the Yankees and the Red Sox.
    Having a DH in baseball makes no sense. Anyone can hire a gorilla for millions of dollars to hit homeruns.

  6. Dave Says:

    Here is a side note for you, although Colorado had a winning record against Boston and New York. The American League won overall 137-115.
    As another side note, the American League has had the better record in 7 out of the 11 years since the inception of inter-league play.
    As for the DH comment, you are obviously a Communist. Or more likely this is Tony LaRussa posting anonymously. Either way, your comments are appreciated.

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