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(Major League Baseball)   First Interleague MLB game played 17 years ago this week. Here's a handful of Interleague trivia for your next bar bet   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 27
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2014-06-14 07:46:03 AM  
I was actually at that game Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. I had awful seats, the Giants won 4-3 and the "hero" for the Rangers was Billy "farkface" Ripken that night.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/28116692
 
2014-06-14 11:32:37 AM  
Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before the NL adopts the DL rule and the separation of the leagues becomes meaningless.
 
2014-06-14 12:14:01 PM  

NeoCortex42: Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before the NL adopts the DL rule and the separation of the leagues becomes meaningless.


The NL would have adopted the DH in the early 80's if the Phillies GM at the time wasn't fishing on the Delaware River.
 
2014-06-14 12:16:25 PM  
So who actually does bar bets? You just go in knowing something and bet someone else they don't know it? Seems like something only an idiot would actually partake in.

"Hey I found this really obscure fact, I'll give you even odds on something that you haven't randomly encountered this inanity in your life!"
 
2014-06-14 12:45:03 PM  

IAmRight: So who actually does bar bets? You just go in knowing something and bet someone else they don't know it? Seems like something only an idiot would actually partake in.

"Hey I found this really obscure fact, I'll give you even odds on something that you haven't randomly encountered this inanity in your life!"


The smart phone has been the death knell for the "Expert in the Room". Sadly, spouting and boasting while knee deep in booze at the neighborhood watering hole is over.

/Cliff Claven incosolable
 
2014-06-14 01:55:45 PM  

NeoCortex42: Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.


did you prefer the 5-5-4, 5-6-5 distribution of teams?
 
2014-06-14 02:08:32 PM  

The Bestest: NeoCortex42: Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.

did you prefer the 5-5-4, 5-6-5 distribution of teams?


Yes.
 
2014-06-14 02:27:09 PM  

NeoCortex42: Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before the NL adopts the DL rule and the separation of the leagues becomes meaningless.


^^^ THIS ^^^
 
2014-06-14 02:35:15 PM  

NeoCortex42: Yes.


..so in your eyes, just slightly more interleague is a graver sin than horribly unbalanced division schedules?

buckeyebrain: ^^^ THIS ^^^


Oh relax.. the NL isn't going to adopt league-wide DH anytime soon.
 
2014-06-14 02:40:01 PM  

The Bestest: ..so in your eyes, just slightly more interleague is a graver sin than horribly unbalanced division schedules?


Slightly more?  I wasn't happy when it was happening at all.  I'm less happy that it's now season-round.

The Bestest: Oh relax.. the NL isn't going to adopt league-wide DH anytime soon.


I think it will happen sooner or later.  Having the ASG change to always having the DH is just the first step.  Eventually, the DH will be the standard for the league.  I don't dislike the DH, but I do appreciate the leagues being somewhat unique.
 
2014-06-14 02:51:31 PM  

NeoCortex42: Slightly more?


Yes. The -number- of interleague games barely increased. It probably just -seems- like there's a lot more since it's year-round instead of all being packed into the same 2-3 weeks.

NeoCortex42: Having the ASG change to always having the DH is just the first step.


No, it being standard in the ASG is because it's an exhibition (yes, I think the WS home field thing is stupid.. I don't know a single person that doesn't) and the main concern is player (well, pitcher) safety. I too, appreciate the leagues being distinct, but I honestly think this is a lot of handwringing over nothing.
 
2014-06-14 03:14:27 PM  

NeoCortex42: I think it will happen sooner or later. Having the ASG change to always having the DH is just the first step. Eventually, the DH will be the standard for the league. I don't dislike the DH, but I do appreciate the leagues being somewhat unique.


I liked it better when the leagues were truly separated too.  I liked interleague play at first, but it's gotten played out.  Bring back the days of the league presidents, unique league umpires, and one of the leagues having curfews.
 
2014-06-14 03:15:34 PM  
If you insist on making pitchers continue to "bat" can we at least ban bunts?
 
2014-06-14 04:17:18 PM  
Interleague play was and is seen as a gimmick because it's not universal in terms of who plays whom every season.  Establish a 162 game schedule in which every team plays at least one 3-game series (home team alternating years) against each of the other 29 MLB teams (87 games), and divisional and intraleague play for the remaining 75 (or, in my personal fantasy, 67).

The DH has made the leagues distinct from each other to an extent, true, but the chief distinctions between the AL and NL have been obliterated since Bud Selig became commissioner.  Owners should collectively adopt the DH, or eliminate it (I grew up an NL fan so I'd like to see it go, but could live with it), on a universal basis.

The *real* point at which the AL/NL distinctions ceased to exist was when the Milwaukee Brewers were realigned into the NL, a move that was repeated when the Houston Astros were moved into the AL.  Given the early history of the leagues and how they by and large operated in a form of weird cooperation with one another until Bud Selig centralized everything, I've seen these moves as the real obliteration of the "line" between the leagues.  In fact, I still catch myself thinking of the Brewers as an AL team and the Astros being from the NL.
 
2014-06-14 07:18:30 PM  
The only interleague matchup that has never, ever happened?

San Diego at Toronto
 
2014-06-14 07:22:18 PM  

BKITU: The only interleague matchup that has never, ever happened?

San Diego at Toronto


Are those two also the two teams furthest apart geographically?

hm.. nah.. San Diego/Boston would be a greater distance.. but I wonder which is greater.. that, or Seattle/Miami...

/why do i concern myself with such things?
 
2014-06-14 09:28:41 PM  
Interleague play was started to drum up interest after baseball plummeted in popularity in the early 90's.   it's no doubt here to stay, but I did like it better when it was a two week block.  Made it more of an event.

As for the DH, I'm all for it.  Intentionally walking a guy to get to the pitcher is weak sauce, and watching pitchers embarrass themselves with a bat has somehow lost it's fascination.  That said, I don't think the DH should be a single player chosen because he can hit but is too fat to play a regular position.  Pick a guy off the bench, just like the NL does when they send up a pinch hitter for a relief pitcher.  He can play all night, but not every night.
 
2014-06-14 10:54:29 PM  
I don't like inter-league or even inter-conference games in any sport because if teams that play during the season end up facing each other in the championship game, it takes away from the championship game or series, at least for me.

Like Great_Milenko, I think the novelty of the two week block of games kept it interesting for awhile but now it's pretty blase. It's probably more fun for fans from cities that have two teams like the Yankees/Mets, White Sox/Cubs, etc. because there are bragging rights involved but when you don't have a traditional local rivalry involved it's just...meh.
 
2014-06-14 11:15:59 PM  
With 5-5-5, 5-5-5 alignment a 162 game season can be made up of : Playing 18 games with each team in your division for 72 games and 9 against the other 10 teams in the league for 90, bringing a total of 162.  If you want inter league then take a game against the other teams in your league for a total of 10.  It seems they are playing 20 games against the other league.  I know Selig has arranged this all for money making purposes, but if it keeps up there may as well be a totally interlocking schedule and just one big league.
 
2014-06-14 11:31:53 PM  

teto85: With 5-5-5, 5-5-5 alignment a 162 game season can be made up of : Playing 18 games with each team in your division for 72 games and 9 against the other 10 teams in the league for 90, bringing a total of 162.  If you want inter league then take a game against the other teams in your league for a total of 10.  It seems they are playing 20 games against the other league.  I know Selig has arranged this all for money making purposes, but if it keeps up there may as well be a totally interlocking schedule and just one big league.


And I'm sure teams will love randomly having 3 off days in a row throughout the season, including occasionally on weekends.
 
2014-06-15 12:35:00 AM  

NeoCortex42: Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before the NL adopts the DL rule and the separation of the leagues becomes meaningless.


Absolutely, positively, 100% agree. I've wanted to picket interleague games with signs that say things like "GOD HATES INTERLEAGUE PLAY" or something. But it seems that Selig won't stop until the last vestige of tradition and continuity with the game that once was America's pastime is cruelly ripped away.
 
2014-06-15 12:39:18 AM  

ElwoodCuse: If you insist on making pitchers continue to "bat" can we at least ban bunts?


You shut your whore mouth when men are talking. A well executed bunt is a thing of beauty.
 
2014-06-15 12:56:34 AM  

DeWayne Mann: teto85: With 5-5-5, 5-5-5 alignment a 162 game season can be made up of : Playing 18 games with each team in your division for 72 games and 9 against the other 10 teams in the league for 90, bringing a total of 162.  If you want inter league then take a game against the other teams in your league for a total of 10.  It seems they are playing 20 games against the other league.  I know Selig has arranged this all for money making purposes, but if it keeps up there may as well be a totally interlocking schedule and just one big league.

And I'm sure teams will love randomly having 3 off days in a row throughout the season, including occasionally on weekends.


Why not?  Do some community building, etc.  One local major league team plays about 40 miles from it's A league affiliate and the other is about 90 or so from its AAA affiliate, an exhibition game or two in the minor league park would get fans out to the game.  Hospital visits to see sick kids or vets would be a great thing.  And visiting schools and such.  And everyone can use a day or two off every once in a while.  Lots of ballplayers live elsewhere during the off-season, why not do some community building during the year when during the off-season when they might be on the other side of the continent or out of the country entirely?
 
2014-06-15 10:48:00 AM  

NeoCortex42: Fark interleague play.  It was bad enough when it was a couple weeks each season.  Season-round interleague is even worse.  The leagues should meet up in the All-Star Game and the World Series and that's it.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before the NL adopts the DL rule and the separation of the leagues becomes meaningless.


Ya, because that actually makes sense. No other major sport plays 2 completely different games because reasons. I think the DH is an abomination, but the only thing stupider than the DH is using 2 sets of rules and calling it the same game.
 
2014-06-15 11:19:22 AM  
Can we get back to having double headers? And not the Day-Night 2 ticket required BS either...yes I know why. It's money.
 
2014-06-15 12:05:16 PM  

teto85: Why not? Do some community building, etc. One local major league team plays about 40 miles from it's A league affiliate and the other is about 90 or so from its AAA affiliate, an exhibition game or two in the minor league park would get fans out to the game. Hospital visits to see sick kids or vets would be a great thing. And visiting schools and such. And everyone can use a day or two off every once in a while. Lots of ballplayers live elsewhere during the off-season, why not do some community building during the year when during the off-season when they might be on the other side of the continent or out of the country entirely?


That's a nice little fantasy world you've got there, but I think you're ignoring some real life considerations.

Which team is gonna volunteer to start their season 3 days late? Which team wants to end 3 days early? Two teams will get an entire week off at the ASG; good thing players don't get rusty after not playing for a few days, right? Are they still going to get random single days off? If so, is the regular season going to end before November?
 
2014-06-15 12:53:38 PM  

topgun4291: Can we get back to having double headers? And not the Day-Night 2 ticket required BS either...yes I know why. It's money.


Yankees did a single-admission double header a few weeks ago. It was a rainout makeup, but still..
 
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