Are You in Favor of Interleague Play?

Every year MLB switches things up for interleague play, but do you like it?

Before 1997, Major League Baseball (MLB) would segregate the American and National league as much as possible. Teams from both leagues would not play each other in a game that counted until the World Series, each league had their own governing body and umpires, and there were even differences in the rules like a change in the strike zone. 

During interleague play when a game takes place in a National League ballpark, the American League team is expected to have their pitcher hit, and when the American League team is home, the National League team must use a designated hitter.

The DH rule has been debated ever since it was first used in the American League in 1973 but during interleague play every team gets a chance to allow their pitcher to hit or use a DH.

Traditionalists despise interleague play because they look at is as a perversion of nature and a stunt created after baseball went on strike to help teams fill the stands…and it worked.

A new generation of baseball fans love it because it allows you to see all the league’s best players in your own back yard and helps create regional rivalries like the Yankees and Mets or Cubs and White Sox.

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League next season, Major League Baseball will be mixing the leagues all year long, but what do you think of interleague play?

Mike Sabini May 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Forgot to add, dumbest thing of all, having the All-Star Game decide homefield advantage for the World Series, it should be obviously best record just like the NBA and NHL.
Ryan Buncher May 23, 2012 at 02:37 AM
They would almost have to go to the DH in both leagues rather than eliminate it. I just can't see the MLBPA ever allowing the owners to get rid of the designated hitter. Those tend to be high-paying jobs. Take away the option of putting an aging slugger at DH and teams might be more reluctant to give out those monstrous, long-term deals. The players would definitely fight to keep it.
Francis T McVetty May 24, 2012 at 04:25 PM
If you bat as a pitcher in college ball, why the change when you get to the majors? On one side the DH keeps players playing longer and not leaving room for new players. On the other hand it puts the HIGH priced pitchers in a position to be injured. The time for the DH to be ended is now or have it for BOTH leagues. Same rules for both leagues that includes the strike zone. Doesn't it sound rather stupid that the strike zones are different for each league?
Ross Revira May 24, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The reason for the DH is to boost scoring. Americans love high scoring contests in all sports. Basketball has the shot clock and football has enacted rules that allow offensive lineman to use their hands for better pass protection and defensive backs to have no contact with the receiver five yards past the line of scrimmage. This mindset is a big reason why professional soccer has not made it in the US (it is like watching paint dry). The reason why there was a perceived difference in the strike zone is because years ago American League umpires wore external chest protectors which blocked their view. Now all Major League umpires where the same equipment. Now it seems every umpire has a different strike zone.
Francis T McVetty May 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Ross, don't they go to "umpire" school? I guess even that school system is failing.


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