Why did the Milwaukee Brewers move to the National League?

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The Brewers joined the National League in 1998 when the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks entered MLB as expansion teams. Adding a new team to each league meant each league would have an uneven number (15) of teams. To keep an even number of teams in each league, the Brewers switched from the American League to the National League.

Yes it was because of those reasons but to add the Royals were given the option first but turned it down and this was very strange because obviously the team who had move would benefit financially greatly from this move.But it was said that the Royals thought they would have a better shot at winning in the American league central rather than in the National league central

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On November 6th, 1997 the Brewers team became a member of the National League as part of Major League Baseball's new realignment plan. To coincide with MLB's expansion for the 1998 season (the addition of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, today just called the Tampa Bay Rays), this transfer was necessary to create a 16-team National League and a 14-team American League.

One plan had each league realigning to 15 teams, however opposition occurred, due to required interleague games throughout the season (this now occurs as a result of the Houston Astros' move to the American league as of 2013). Bud Selig, the MLB commissioner, acknowledged Milwaukee's shift to the NL Central would create a better schedule, with teams grouped geographically (along with Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals & Chicago Cubs).

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The Brewers were part of the American League from their creation as an expansion club in 1969 through the 1997 season, after which they moved to the National League Central Division.

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When the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks were scheduled to begin play in the American League and the National League, respectively, the new alignment for the 1998 season would have given each league 15 teams. To avoid odd numbers and scheduling headaches, the Milwaukee Brewers agreed to move from the American League to the National League after the 1997 season. After the 2012 season, the two leagues will have 15 teams apiece when the Houston Astros of the National League Central move to the American League West.

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