14 Years Later, Does It Still Work?
We at The Legend turned to a few of our fellow Internet sports scribes and asked them to weigh in. Our informal straw poll sought to cherry-pick folks from multiple regions and fan bases to get a semi-objective lay of the land. Our question was simple: What are your thoughts on Interleague play? Good for the game or a waste of time? Fun or lame? Stay or go?
Author: Larry B.
Blog: Larry Brown Sports
In their words…
I’m a huge fan of Interleague play, and it’s because it’s great for the fans. Interleague play allows the opportunity to see match ups we wouldn’t see outside the World Series. Yankees-Mets, Dodgers-Angels, Cubs-White Sox? You telling me that doesn’t make baseball more enjoyable? Or how about when the Cubs visited Fenway Park for the first time since 1918 — what baseball fan doesn’t get excited to see that? I realize it’s a challenge for teams because of the DH issue, but it’s a worthwhile venture. Baseball is a fun sport intended to make our lives more enjoyable. Interleague play enhances the fan experience and makes the game more fun; it is one of Bud Selig’s best accomplishments.
Author: Michael B.
Blog: Mets Blog
In their words…
Simply put, if Major League Baseball is to continue to adopt the unbalanced schedule, I think interleague play should be scrapped. Yes, it’s fun and it raises the level of intrigue, and it probably provides an attendance boost during the regional rivalry games. But it takes away from intraleague play which could undoubtedly play a greater role in the outcome of the Wild Card, as it’s contenders would play each other with more frequency, and certainly more than the six or seven times per season some intraleague opponents meet.
In their words…
Even before Interleague play started this year and Fausto Carmona hurt himself running to first base, I was ready for this part of the game to disappear. It was fun for awhile, but there should have been an expiration date on the interleague experiment. In the end, I miss the extra matchups for the Cleveland Indians against the American League East. Unfortunately, from a business standpoint interleague is still a big hit business-wise as ticket sales are great when the Indians play the Pirates and Reds even when the teams aren’t particularly good. So, I would end it if it was up to me. The fun isn’t enough to justify the unbalanced schedules and having to watch American League pitchers bat.
Author: Erie’s Scribe
Blog: Right here, baby
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In their words…
Thems interleagers have been around for quite awhile now huh? Interleague is okay with me, but really I could give a sh** either way. The Tribe has a couple of natural geographic rivals in the NL, the Reds and the Bucos, so we’re guaranteed some games that create regional interest. The games are in the middle of the season, so by the time the postseason push comes I don’t remember that getting swept by the Giants in SF when the Tribe had to go DH-less, thus putting Hafner on the bench, might have had a big influence on the final standings. And, I like seeing AL pitchers try and take some hacks at the plate sometime. When those hacks produce things like this, who can complain?
Author: Eric S.
Blog: Amazin’ Avenue
I’m not inter-league play’s biggest advocate. Apart from the inequity of division rivals playing different sets and strengths of opposition, my preference is simply that teams play their intra-league, inter-division opponents more often. As a Mets fan, I want to see the Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Cubs more than twice a year. I don’t really care about the Tigers or the Rangers or the Athletics. Finally, even though television and free agency has blurred the line separating the American and National leagues, to some extent I still feel that inter-league play cheapens the World Series. I like the idea that when the champions of each league battle for the greatest prize of all that they’re guaranteed not to have met in an otherwise meaningless series earlier in the season.
So, for now, it seems Interleague play isn’t going anywhere. Time to embrace the pure, traditional goodness that is Rays/Nats!
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About the Author: Cecilio's Scribe is the founder of The Legend of Cecilio Guante and a generally pessimistic fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Rangers. A fine NYC-based gentlemen who hones his marketing skills as his primary trade by day. Husband, chef, father of a newborn and after-hours blogger by night. Proud alum of the mighty Big Red of Cornell. University. Hot sauce devotee. Staunch protester of the continued wussifcation of American sports. Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.