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Interleague Play: Good or Bad for Baseball?

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Re: Do You Like Inter-league Play?

Postby Ender » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:40 pm

RugbyD wrote:Bad for baseball. AL has a material advantage b/c of the DH, always will.


I don't know about that, they don't have as deep benches usually and pitchers who don't hit on a regular basis.

If anything the NL has a disadvantage before inter-league because AL teams can rest their everyday players by putting them at DH here and there and the NL can't. Inter-league lets the NL rest some guys but keep their bat in the lineup.

The one negative about inter-league is it creates some unfair scheduling advantages here and there and its a shame to see a playoff spot won because of which teams you played in a lopsided schedule. If I wanted to watch a teams schedule decide who goes to the playoffs I'd watch NFL more.
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Re: Do You Like Inter-league Play?

Postby Nerfherders » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:57 pm

Ender wrote:The one negative about inter-league is it creates some unfair scheduling advantages here and there and its a shame to see a playoff spot won because of which teams you played in a lopsided schedule. If I wanted to watch a teams schedule decide who goes to the playoffs I'd watch NFL more.


I totally agree here. I dont mind interleague play but they need to seed it like they do in the NFL with the cross conference games. Every team in a division should play the same teams the same amount of times outside of the rivalry. And the rivalry should be just three games. Atlanta draws Boston 6 times because there is some supposed rivalry there, while Philly has no rival and plays scrub teams. Result: Atlanta 4-8, Philly 8-7.
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Re: Do You Like Inter-league Play?

Postby RugbyD » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:48 pm

Ender wrote:
RugbyD wrote:Bad for baseball. AL has a material advantage b/c of the DH, always will.


I don't know about that, they don't have as deep benches usually and pitchers who don't hit on a regular basis.

If anything the NL has a disadvantage before inter-league because AL teams can rest their everyday players by putting them at DH here and there and the NL can't. Inter-league lets the NL rest some guys but keep their bat in the lineup.

The one negative about inter-league is it creates some unfair scheduling advantages here and there and its a shame to see a playoff spot won because of which teams you played in a lopsided schedule. If I wanted to watch a teams schedule decide who goes to the playoffs I'd watch NFL more.

My general reasoning is that when NL play away, they have an extra batter, as does the AL team, but the AL team's batter is a bonafide starter b/c he's paid to DH. The NL batter is bench fodder. NL teams basically play with 8.5 batters vs. the AL team's 9. NL pitchers vs. AL pitchers is likely a wash, especially with players changing teams so frequently. Worst case scenario for an AL team is that they have to play their regular DH in the field and he's subpar on defense, but so is Jacque Jones in the NL, among many other leather-hacks.

On balance the AL is at an advantage and I think it proves out in the W-L record, which is now of substantial sample size.
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Re: Do You Like Inter-league Play?

Postby sportsfan1433 » Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:58 pm

RugbyD wrote:
Ender wrote:
RugbyD wrote:Bad for baseball. AL has a material advantage b/c of the DH, always will.


I don't know about that, they don't have as deep benches usually and pitchers who don't hit on a regular basis.

If anything the NL has a disadvantage before inter-league because AL teams can rest their everyday players by putting them at DH here and there and the NL can't. Inter-league lets the NL rest some guys but keep their bat in the lineup.

The one negative about inter-league is it creates some unfair scheduling advantages here and there and its a shame to see a playoff spot won because of which teams you played in a lopsided schedule. If I wanted to watch a teams schedule decide who goes to the playoffs I'd watch NFL more.

My general reasoning is that when NL play away, they have an extra batter, as does the AL team, but the AL team's batter is a bonafide starter b/c he's paid to DH. The NL batter is bench fodder. NL teams basically play with 8.5 batters vs. the AL team's 9. NL pitchers vs. AL pitchers is likely a wash, especially with players changing teams so frequently. Worst case scenario for an AL team is that they have to play their regular DH in the field and he's subpar on defense, but so is Jacque Jones in the NL, among many other leather-hacks.


On balance the AL is at an advantage and I think it proves out in the W-L record, which is now of substantial sample size.


thts exactly how i feel
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Re: Do You Like Inter-league Play?

Postby jfg » Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:14 pm

I hate interleague play because it took away a lot of the intrigue of the World Series and is just another ploy to boost the NY, California and Chicago teams. One of the special aspects about baseball was the concept of two separate leagues with different rules that matched their champions against each other at the end of the year. That concept was kind of lost once they started interleague play. It just doesn't mean much anymore that the NL and AL are matching up in the World Series. It's just two MLB teams rather than the two leagues battling against each other. I think they should either go all in with it and play a schedule like the NBA or NHL (and get rid of the DH or add DH to the NL) or just not do it at all. I'd vote for the latter.
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Re: Do You Like Inter-league Play?

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