In 1881 the future National League wanted to upgrade its image and target a more upscale fan base by doubling ticket prices, banning gambling, and outlawing alcohol sales. Several team owners who happened to be brewers refused to accept the new rules and banded together to form what would eventually become the American League. The National League attempted to discredit the new league by dubbing it the Beer and Whiskey League. This, of course only made the new league more popular. Duh!

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Quick Scan of AL News

Soriano, Rangers, Park Affect

Baseball Primer has an excellent review of the Texas Rangers. Most interesting is Giaclone's suggestion that even when we do take park affects into consideration we often underestimate just how significant those affects are.

AL West Roundtable discussion

Bloggers from around the baseball blogosphere have gathered at for a roundtable discussion of the AL West. Particularly interesting is Peter White's (of Mariner Musings) very unchracteristic defense of the Mariners. As he himself notes: "This is a bit like when somebody gangs up on your little brother. Only you get to pick on lil' bro." You tell 'em Peter.

And don't forget to check back for those spring training stats. I promise they will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.