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Leagues Apart
JOE POSNANSKI
September 14, 2009
The best way to rule the NL? Start signing AL players
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September 14, 2009

Leagues Apart

The best way to rule the NL? Start signing AL players

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Well, now that National League style of play is best displayed by AL teams like the Rays and the Angels. The top three teams in stolen bases are all in the AL. The AL also has four of the top five slugging teams.

Some defenders of the NL say the difference is the designated hitter and the imbalance created by the large payrolls of the Yankees and the Red Sox. Maybe. But that doesn't explain how the lamentable Orioles won 11 of 18 against the NL this year. The one good bit of news for the NL is that, so far, its inferiority has not shown up in the postseason. The Phillies are defending champs, and the NL has won four of the last eight World Series. And how did our unnamed scout explain that? "That means nothing; the World Series is a crapshoot," he said—with the emphasis on the first syllable of the final word.

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