AL vs. NL and hitting prospects vs. pitching prospects
by Bob Timmermann
Alan Schwarz has a Hot Stove Heater about why the American League has had the upper hand on the National League recently in the All-Star game and in the World Series.
The summary: no one really knows. But Schwarz does have this line from a Pete Rose anecdote: "Hey, baby," Rose cooed. "You haven't had anyone till you've had a National Leaguer."
Meanwhile, Rob Neyer writes (in an Insider column) about whether it is better to have good young pitchers or good young hitters in the minor leagues. The answer is something you'll have to pay for. But, the answer depends upon how fast you need results. And hitters tend to pay off more quickly than pitchers.