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Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:45 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 9:20 am
 
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Pirates are lobbying to be realigned, but only into a different division, not a different league.

Pittsburgh would like to be part of the National League East, Pirates president Frank Coonelly tells Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"I have made some points to [MLB]," Coonelly told Starkey. "I wouldn't over-read it to suggest I'm getting traction yet. While the [collective bargaining agreement] discussions are ongoing, I'm letting them know where we stand."

Still, the Pirates do not want to move to the American League.

"We like it in the National League," Coonelly said. "We have a long history there."

Technically speaking, Pittsburgh is farther east than Atlanta and slightly more so than Miami, and the closest National League park to Atlanta's Turner Field is Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.

Still, there doesn't seem to be an overwhelming reason to move the Pirates to the NL East without a massive reorganization of the divisions.

Starkey suggests in his column the Pirates move to the American League Central, setting up a rivalry with Cleveland and Detroit, while moving Kansas City to the AL West.

I don't really see either happening. Even if realignment happens, don't expect the Pirates to be movng anywhere. 

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Comments

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Look at the standings before you open your mouth and insert your foot.




Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Move the Pirates to the Atlantic League where they could be rivals with the mighty Lancaster Barnstormers.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

What MLB should decide here before realignment is whether or not to continue with the designated hitter rule and then make that choice league wide.   Personally I would like to see the DH go away.  I like the strategy the comes without out using the DH. You don't see the NFL, NBA or NHL playing with 2 sets of rules.   If this were to happen it might make realignment easier to accomplish.



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:33 am
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Geographically speaking only: 

NORTH EAST:

Boston, NY, NY, Philadelphia, Toronto;

CENTRAL EAST:

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detriot, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis;

SOUTH WEST:

 Arizona, Colorado, Houston, San Diego, Texas;

SOUTH EAST:

Atlanta, Baltimore, Florida, Tampa Bay, Washington;

CENTRAL WEST:

Chicago, Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minnesota;

PACIFIC WEST:

 Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:44 am
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

The Brewers will NOT (as in NEVER) move back to the AL.  Milwaukee was a National League city with the Braves and they are now a National League city with the Brewers.  A Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll shows 84 percent of respondents want the team to stay in the NL. Plus, it would be unfair to jerk the franchise around again. So stop with the suggestions that the Brewers should  be the franchise to move to the NL.  It ain't gonna happen.




Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:32 am
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

I doubt the Pirates get this in a MLB realignment ? The Astros going to the AL doesn't work either because of their NL history. IMHO, the Brewers were AL and a 6th wheel in the NL Central should be the team that moves back to the AL and restoring that history. Going 15 in each league of the MLB really means 1 each of the AL & NL have to play each other in interleague play each weekend. And that's probably better than the way it's set up now anyway ? 26 weekends, 30 teams, at least 4 series will have to be played during the weekdays to ensure every team gets the same number of interleague opportunities and those would ideally be a home and away ? This limits interleague play that so many dislike ? Are there 2 more cities to get to 32 teams ? Then interleague could be eliminated until WS play altogether even ?



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:55 am
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Who cares what division they are?  They should be worried about WINNING.  When they start winning and actually drawing a crowd, then they can try to lobby to play in a different division.  Until then, they should shut up and win.
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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:09 am
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Coonelly knows the Big East isn't a division, right?



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:02 am
 

Pirates want to switch divisions, not leagues

Starkey is senial and digs in all the places that dont need to be dug up. His commentary is sarcastic and most of his comments are made with the assumption that his audience knows NOTHING about sports, aka YINZERS. From a born-and-raised Pittsburgher, never mind his articles, they do nothing but speculate.



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