MLB Interleague Play

  • MuscleUp

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    Jun 30, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    It seems like the novelty interleague play has worn off the past few years and people are becoming more indignant towards it. The cross town rivalries are fun to watch...if you happen to be from that town. Watching AL pitchers trying to hit/run the bases is both comical and dreadful. Having NL managers use a .240 hitter with minimal power at the DH is pathetic. I would be in favor of getting rid of interleague play or even lowering the number of games played to 9 (three series of three).
    With that said, Steinbrenner was out of line with what he said about IL play. After Wang gets injured from RUNNING the bases he throws another tantrum about the NL. If you're in the MLB that means you are a professional athlete who should be able to run 90 feet without hurting yourself. No?
  • dhinkansas

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    Jun 30, 2008 8:44 PM GMT
    Yes, cut the interleague games. KC/St Louis played six times...and I think three in St Louis one year, three in KC the next would be fine. Interleague play was the last 2.5 weeks of June, which agreed...the novelty wears off. NYY at Pitt though was fun for the fans in Pittsburgh.

    I wish the AL would get rid of the dumb DH rule and make the pitchers bat. It's part of the game!
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    Jun 30, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    I actually like IL, but that's because I live in a NL town with the hopes that I can see my beloved Red Sox play in my new hometown.

    Yeah Yeah...I'm selfish what can I say?

    As far as fragile pitchers, as long as it's the Yanks who lose pitchers to injuries, I'm ok. Of course, Colon hurt his back after swinging a bat for us....sad.
  • MuscleUp

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    Jul 01, 2008 1:09 AM GMT
    I think the earth was thrown off its solar orbit when Colon swung at the plate.
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    Jul 01, 2008 3:13 AM GMT
    True, the guys a lil' chunky, so there was a lot behind that swing....apparently it tilted the earth's axis sufficient to offset global warming for a few years.
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    Jul 01, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    Toronto has no natural rivalries in the NL now that the Expos have moved to Washington. I think interleague play has sort of lost its' lustre. I would not be heartbroken if they cut it.
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    Jul 01, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    I agree that it's probably lost some of its luster, but it's great when a team wins bragging rights. With the Bay Series, the Subway Series, the Battles for Ohio, Texas, Florida, etc., the natural rivalries make the game more enjoyable.

    Unfortunately, there are a few teams without the natural rivalries. Toronto, as JBE60 mentioned, and my Arizona Diamondbacks are two of them. However, Seattle and San Diego made up their own.

    I hope that they keep Interleague play.
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    Jul 01, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    Went to the Rays Vs. Cubs here at the Trop in St. Petersburg. Great games, even better seeing the Rays sweep the Cubs. I will be at the Trop for tonight's game against the Red Sox's. GO RAYS
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    Jul 01, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    Frank_AZ saidI agree that it's probably lost some of its luster, but it's great when a team wins bragging rights. With the Bay Series, the Subway Series, the Battles for Ohio, Texas, Florida, etc., the natural rivalries make the game more enjoyable.

    Unfortunately, there are a few teams without the natural rivalries. Toronto, as JBE60 mentioned, and my Arizona Diamondbacks are two of them. However, Seattle and San Diego made up their own.

    I hope that they keep Interleague play.


    I agree, I enjoy watching the bay series but understand that not everyone has that luxury. I'm thinking that perhaps the Dbacks move to Ottawa and start a rivalry there with the Jays...what do you think? LOL

    Go Giants....hey, gotta keep trying!
  • MuscleUp

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    Jul 01, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    I'm sure small market teams enjoy it especially when the Sox or Yanks come into town and sell out the stadium.

    Also doesn't balance the schedule when one team plays practically every first and second place team in the NL (cough) while another plays all the basement dwellers.