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Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:59 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 11:06 pm
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

If baseball goes through realignment, it appears the Diamondbacks could be the team to switch from the National League to the American League, USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes.

"We would do whatever's best for baseball," Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall told Nightengale. "Most would say us or the Astros would be the best candidates [to shift leagues]." 

Later in the day, Hall told the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro that he didn't expect the Diamondbacks to move.

"Naturally, we would look into it if asked about it. But I’m not sure we’d ever get to that point because I think other teams make more sense geographically than we do," Hall told Piecoro (via Twitter). "For me personally, I’m a National League guy. I like the pace of the game, the strategy of the game. That’s what I prefer. I would want to hear what our fans prefer, but I’m not sure we would ever get to that point."

Hall then added this on Twitter:

The Astros were the team floated by ESPN's Buster Olney in his report this weekend that baseball was considering evening out the two leagues by moving a team. Monday, current Astros owner Drayton McLane said he doesn't want the team to move to the American League.

"I've always been a National League guy," McLane told Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle. "I think our fans are National League fans."

McLane said all the fans he heard from didn't support the move, either. That may hold more sway than McLane's vote. McLane has already agreed to sell the team to Jim Crane and, as Justice notes, it's unlikely Crane would make such an unpopular move so soon after purchasing the team.

If the Diamondbacks move to the American League West, the Astros could join the National League West, leaving the Central to the Midwest teams (and Pittsburgh).

The other team that might make some sense would be the Marlins, but more so in the 15-team, no-division scenario. Making room for the Marlins in the AL East would seem to be a stretch, perhaps moving the Blue Jays to the AL Central and the Royals to the AL West. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:49 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:37 pm

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

Delightful things. I will have to are provided lumbar yet again shortly to learn a a good deal more.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:06 am

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

How about just realigning both leagues into one league with two conferences and three divisions in each and divide them as this???

NY Mets
NY Yankees

Tampa Bay

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Cubs
Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
St. Louis Cardinals

Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies
Houston Astros
San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers

Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland/San Jose A's
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

Brew Crew - As a comment to Sportsgenie's take on sending the Brewers back to the American League, I really wouldn't mind if they did get switched back.  I grew up with the Brewers in the AL.  Selig had all his memories wrapped up in the Braves, so he claimed that Milwaukee was a National League city and the Brewers should move.  After all of that was completed, Selig sold the Brewers.  So Sportsgenie, Selig has no pull in Milwaukee anymore.  The new owner has reinvested in the team more in the few years he has owned them than Selig did in his entire lifetime.  Mark Attanasio has been a great owner and has made the Brewers competitive again.

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:36 pm
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Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:36 pm

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

To me, Houston is not the best fit to move into the West.  Why? They already have a Texas team in the AL West so why add another, taking Texas out of the NL?  Arizona is the best fit to move to the AL West.  They are a "newbie" franchise, and would make perfect sense to shift them to the other league.  Houston then would make sense to move to the NL West, making the MLB evened up as far as divisions go.  Why have they had it like this for so long?  Arizona should have been added to the AL when they started out.  Just my opinion, this is a no brainer.

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:18 pm

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

Why not put the 15 teams in the biggest TV markets in one league (call it the Capitalist League) and the other 15 in another league and call it the Greedy Pig Owners Who Pocket Their Profits and Their Revenue Sharing Money and Then Complain They Can't Compete With the Big Market Teams League. 
Now that's Frick'n Hilarious. Thanks for the good laugh this morning.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:08 pm

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

Neither is as good a fit to move as Florida. Florida benefits most from a move, allowing Arizona and Houston to stay put and moving Pittsburgh and Toronto to divisions where they'll have more rivalries. The team that changes leagues should be the Marlins.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 11:19 am

Brew Crew

I saw someone mention why they don't just move Milwaukee back.  Sadly, they're Bud's team, and part of the reason for the first realignment was so that Selig could move his Brewers into his favorite league.  Thus, he created the 6 team NL Central, which (along with the AL West) has created all this mess.  Under Selig's watch the Brewers aren't going anywhere.  Arizona or Houston are indeed the best fits to move, and both franchises and their fans should start getting ready for the switch.


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 15, 2011 1:45 am

Diamondbacks targeted to switch leagues?

I'd have mixed feelings about the Jays moving to the Central. They've been in the American League East since their inaugural season in 1977. They won 5 divisi, on pennants, two American League pennants, and two World Series from that division. They've had some great battles with both the Yankees and Red Sox, so the history is there. Yet, moving them to the Central would likely give the team a far better chance of reaching the post season given the dominance of the Yankees and Red Sox over the past decade or so.
What about our history with the Tigers? The Indians were never good when the Jays were, but that can be a rivalry too. And actually, the Jays and Yankees had just one battle, in 1985, when the Jays were making a move for the first time. Otherwise, the Yankees stunk when we won. There's nothing there.

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