ought to MLB get rid of AL awards and NL awards?

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it might very properly be time to lastly eradicate the charades usually acknowledged as a outcome of the American and nationwide League. simply inform it to the choose — Aaron choose.

the american slugger’s sixty two dwelling run season has been roundly celebrated as a mannequin new American League doc. however there’s a superb probability nobody will ever break that A.L. mark, as a outcome of the American League and nationwide League are dealing with extinction.

With subsequent yr’s schedule growing interleague play from this yr’s 20 video games to forty six video games (28.4 p.c of the season), it’s solely a matter of time earlier than half the video games shall be in opposition to teams in what’s now the utterly different league.

“I don’t suppose there’s any distinction inside the leagues,” said Bobby Valentine, who performed and managed inside the N.L. and the A.L. in a profession that started with the Dodgers in 1969. In gentle of the mannequin new schedule and this yr’s everlasting addition of the designated hitter to the nationwide League, Valentine instructed Deadspin, “I usually shock in the event that they must have one MVP, which i really feel they should.”

Former nationwide League President Leonard Coleman is okay with the separate leagues and awards. “Early on there was stiff opponents between the leagues, however i really feel that’s almost evaporated,” conceded Coleman, who headed the nationwide League from 1994 till 1999, when his place was eradicated with MLB consolidating the two leagues into its office. “you’ll possibly have the various to protect them for custom’s sake,” he said over the telephone.

however when issues go Valentine’s method, it might very properly be goodbye to an MVP, Cy youthful, Rookie of the yr and a bunch of utterly different double awards, following the event of the NFL, which makes no distinction between AFC and NFC on the topic of awards.

“That’s what i would love,” said Valentine, who added that he would merge the two gadgets of stats. “If I had the best batting common subsequent yr, or hit most probably the most dwelling runs, had the right period, I’d desire to suppose i used to be the right in baseball,” and by no means simply in a single league.

Coleman proposed a straightforward decision to the stats subject: “you’ll possibly have the various to merge them your self. you purchased a nationwide League batting champ, you purchased an American League batting champ. you already know who had the best common in predominant League Baseball. It’s proper there in entrance of you.”

a attainable change in baseball would adjust to what the NFL and AFL did with their awards and stats when their merger took affect in 1970.

Later right this second, choose is extra probably to win his first MVP award, after his historic season. however with the intermingling of the leagues, there stays a question over his dwelling run doc.

With all due respect to the Yankees proper fielder, ought to there be an asterisk subsequent to his sixty two? And earlier than you Yankee followers soar all through me, it’s not for the identical purpose that gamers like Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa have earned their figurative asterisks.

one other space the place the two leagues altering into one will get murky is league data. Is sixty two dwelling runs actually an American League doc when choose slugged 10 of his dwelling runs in opposition to nationwide League teams?

these embrace a pair in opposition to the pitching-poor Pirates, who accomplished with the second-worst doc inside the NL, and one in opposition to the Reds, who tied the Bucs with a hundred losses. (The Mets helped him most probably the most of any NL crew, permitting three 4-baggers; the Brewers and Cubs every gave up two.)

When Maris was aiming at Babe Ruth’s hallowed doc of 60 homers (Babe did it inside the 154-sport schedule that was then in affect in 1927), baseball’s commissioner, Ford Frick, declared inside the midst of the 1961 season (which was lengthened to 162 video games when the A.L. added two new teams that yr): “If the participant would not hit greater than 60 till after the membership has performed 154 video games, there should be some distinctive mark inside the doc books to level out that Babe Ruth’s doc was set beneath a 154-sport schedule . . .”

although there was by no means an exact mark inside the doc books, Maris’ sixty one was usually scoffed at. however even these Frickers couldn’t deny that that Yankee proper fielder smashed all his dwelling runs in opposition to solely American League teams.

Valentine and Coleman each agree that choose is the legit American League single-season dwelling run doc-holder. As Coleman put it, “choose performs inside the American League. He hit sixty two dwelling runs. That’s the doc.”


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