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D-Backs president: No talks to move to AL

Posted on: June 14, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 8:06 am

Arizona and Houston so far figure most prominently in speculation regarding any scenario baseball would consider as a realignment plan.

Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said Tuesday that his club has not been approached about moving to the American League by any baseball officials and that he does not expect to be approached.

"We'll always do what's in the best interests of baseball," Hall says. "However, you'd like to gauge the way our fans feel and the way our ownership feels, too.

"I think if you polled our fans, I think the majority of them would want us to stay in the National League. The other part might say they like to see the Yankees and Red Sox come in every year.

"I'm a purist. I like the National League strategy. If it was my choice, I'd say we'll stay right where we're at."

Hall said he has had no indication of any realignment coming anytime soon.

"I've had no indication that they're planning on it, or that they will do it," Hall says. "I'd be surprised if we were approached. If someone wanted us to look into it, we would.

"The best interests of baseball are the most important thing, but I need to balance that with what's in the best interest of our fans."



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 5:33 pm

D-Backs president: No talks to move to AL

"I'm a purist.

I'm really sick of people using this as an excuse to not move into the AL. If the baseball owners in the NL were really purists then they would not be wearing batting helmets nor using phones to communicate with the bullpen and spitballs would still be legal because back in the old days this was the norm. 

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