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saywhen24
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ABNYU
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League Re-Alignment, by random order.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/27/2008 Category: Sports
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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saywhen24

Pro

Simply stated, realign the leauges. The last time anything like this had happened is when the Milwaukee Brewers switched from an AL Central Division all the way to NL Central. The Leagues might have to go to just AL West and East or North and South. Top 2 teams in Division go to playoffs. Call it what you will. There will still be 3 playoffs until you get to the World Series. After reveiweing the NL's records showed that the NL have had trouble in the interleague plays with 5 teams in the AL pulvarizing their NL counterparts.

Through all of the scandals of the past 10 years this might be one of the things in baseball to keep it in Americas eye, as their past time.
ABNYU

Con

"Simply stated, realign the leagues."

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From what I've gathered, saywhen24 suggests that MLB should resort to changing the divisions and possibly the leagues. The reasoning is based on the lack of competition in interleague play.

What I will do in this debate round is prove that saywhen24's call for a drastic change in MLB team structure is not necessary while also showing that it will have negative impacts on the game of baseball.

When judging this round, I would expect the reader to use the following framework for making a decision:
Pro must provide clear reasoning for his plan and why it is necessary.
I believe that more detailed plan would be useful to win this round.

Con should be given the victory if I can show that the negative impacts of saywhen24's plan will outweigh the current "problems".

Now for my constructive argument:
There is no reason to realign the leagues in the MLB.

-Since the introduction of interleague play in 1997, many fans have grown to love the possibility of teams of the same city duking it out (Stl./KC,NYY/NYM,ChiWS/ChiCubs). However, in later years many have noticed an edge that the American League has gained over the National League in interleague play. Of course, the two leagues vary in rules. How an American League pitcher can be expected to hit against a dominant National League pitcher is odd. However, it is very entertaining. Watching some of my favorite American League pitchers step up to the plate every once in a while is a very fun thing to watch. saywhen24's plan suggests that we might just use one league, perhaps completely eliminating a pitcher from ever stepping up to the plate. After many fans lost hope for baseball after the advent of the Designated Hitter, problems would surely erupt with the elimination of pitchers hitting at all.

-Many would see the All-star game as being an indicator of the lack of competitiveness between the two leagues. However, now that the All-star game actually "means something" both leagues are expected to try and it has certainly been proven to be a good match-up; just look at the latest mid-summer battle which lasted 15 innings. Realigning the leagues could endanger an already close match-up and take away some of the league-to-league rivalries that may have developed over the past century.

-Just because something like this hasn't been done for a while does not necessitate it. The Brewers example does not prove that we need the plan.
*saywhen24 must show a reason for change. Aaaand...as much as I hate to use this already cliche election 2k8 phrase, "We don't need change just for the sake of change."

I'll go ahead and stop there. I am really looking forward to refuting saywhen24's arguments if he wishes to explain his plan in detail.

saywhen24: very interesting concept. Thanks for the debate.
Debate Round No. 1
saywhen24

Pro

saywhen24 forfeited this round.
ABNYU

Con

I will wait until the next round. blahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblahblah
Debate Round No. 2
saywhen24

Pro

saywhen24 forfeited this round.
ABNYU

Con

Please extend my arguments.
Thanks for the debate!
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by ABNYU 8 years ago
ABNYU
Oh yes, I definitely agree.
This could have been a fun debate.
Posted by Xera 8 years ago
Xera
well, there's nothing like a good forfeit to bore you to tears huh?
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