Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I Repeat

My thoughts on this year's All-Star Game won't exactly match last year's, which was an AL blowout, but many of my sentiments still stand. It's funny that it took this year's AL interleague dominance to finally get the media to discuss the mismatch between the leagues, considering that it has been a staple of baseball since the eighties. We said it here first, folks, and many of the comments on that post still stand as well.

Once again, much like a few years ago, a top NL closer can't keep the lead, and in this case, one of the top closers of all time in Trevor Hoffman. And although Mariano Rivera would have probably closed it out anyway, why wasn't Andruw Jones hitting instead of Freddy Sanchez in the bottom of the 9th?

Enjoy your home field, AL champ. Probably no one involved in tonight's ninth inning rally will be in the World Series, but you can thank them for the advantage.


At 7/12/2006 01:30:00 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

Clearly the DH has some disproportionate effect on luring the best hitters (and players in general) into the league. I wonder if Baseball Prospectus has any theories.


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