Friday, May 20, 2011

Inter-league play

No, you're not dreaming. It's Friday not Saturday.

I'm writing a quick post today because I just read a really compelling piece on why Major League Baseball should drop inter-league play. Since we're just starting into that, I thought it would be timely to share it with all of you.

And I will be back tomorrow with my usual Saturday post.

— Rick "The Professor" Blechta

Click here for Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star on Inter-league play.


Larry Toman said...

Hi Rick. Interleague play is getting long in the tooth, as is Richard Griffin. His best years are now behind him. As I posted on FB, Jayson Stark (ESPN) has a better look at this scenario. We should still try and take advantage of the fact that we have three against the horrible Astro's. It all counts in the the long run.

P.S. I guess John is still pissed, as he didn't call me today. Cheers!!

John the Tomahawk Trembath said...

Hey Rick. Richard made some great points. There are many more. The Bug has not kept up. The fans do not want inter-league play. I was just speaking to a real fan today and they mentioned it again.

I would love to see us play what where former rivalries like the Tigers more often. We are already one with them for the season.

As a comment to Griffin's article said, "Can we petition"? Would the Bug listen? I don't think so. He has to go to for us rectify this situation. Could not be soon enough for me.

John the Tomahawk Trembath said...

I have written at least in a comment about interleague play. About how unbalanced the schedule is for intraleague play. Further, how many games a the end of the season are strictly divisional.

Larry's mention of the Stark article is mostly on the money. Especially about unfair the schedule can be.You combine all that he mentions about the schedule and all the stuff he does not think important enough (even thought others think so)and you have a pretty overwhelming condemnation of interleague play.

Rick Blechta said...

Was that real fan Larry Toman by any chance?

I think the bottom line is that the inter-league games historically draw more fans. Now, that being said, most of those games are on weekends, so a fairer comparison would be to compare regular season games on weekends vs. inter-league games. Then we'd know for sure.

But since the dollar is king in baseball, look forward to many more happy years of inter-league.