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Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:57 am
Edited on: May 18, 2011 5:22 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jim LeylandJim Leyland said he knows Bud Selig won't be happy to hear him say it, but he believes it's time interleague play is shelved.

"It was a brilliant idea to start with, but it has run its course," Leyland told Tom Gage of the Detroit News.

With the Tigers prepping for three games with the Pirates, it's tough to argue with the veteran manager.

"And let me emphasize this, it originally was a tremendous idea. But it's not really doing what it's supposed to do," he said. "There are no rivalries for most of the teams. I'm sure it helps the White Sox a little bit when they host the Cubs, but ti doesn't help at Wrigley Field. The Cubs pack it most of the time anyway. The Yankees also pack their place most of the time."

Proponents will point to attendance numbers, but also avoid noting many interleague games are played on prime dates -- weekends after school has let out for summer.

And as for the "rivalries" -- Leyland is right. It's silly that the Reds and Indians play twice in interleague play when there's no real rivalry between the two Ohio teams. Sure, it's nice for the New York teams, the Chicago teams and the Bay Area teams, but does a Marlins-Rays series really bring any extra fans? And that's not even beginning to mention the Padres and Mariners. Of course, without that rivalry, the Padres may actually play National League foe Milwaukee more than they face the Mariners, and who would want that? San Diego faces Seattle six times this season, while it plays the Brewers just five times. But hey, these two teams share a spring training complex and you know nothing builds a rivalry quite like a spring training complex.

Leyland also bemoaned the fact that he'll have two consecutive series in National League parks next month, meaning he won't be able to use a designated hitter for six games, saying it's "ridiculous" and "totally unfair."

Leyland, who has managed the Pirates, Rockies and Marlins in addition to the Tigers, also said he'd like to see the DH either adopted in both leagues or dropped.

"I don't care what they do," he said. "Whatever way they go is fine with me, but the rules should be the same."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:16 am
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

An increase in ticket prices and an antipication for a matchup doesn't make something a rivalry, especially when it is the first time in years.



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

I couldn't agree less that there is "no rivalry" when the Indians and the Reds play.  In Cleveland, there's been an premium charge to the tickets for those games, at least in past years.  And this year, there's no question that the fans are really anticipating the matchup this weekend between 2 first place teams. 



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

Run the math on my plan:

(4 divisional opponents x 18 games each) = 72 games

(5 opponents in same league, different division #1, x 6 games each) = 30 games

(5 opponents in same league, different division #2, x 6 games each) = 30 games

(5 opponents in other league division for that season x 6 games each) = 30 games

72 + 30 + 30 + 30 = 162 games, and it would be a balanced schedule.




Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

You certainly can have 15 teams in each league.  All teams can play at the same time, but at all times during the season there would be at least one interleague series being played.  The way interleague play is concentrated into certain times in the season is unnecessary. 



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

I agree. Why have two different leagues if you're going to scatter play dates around for hopeful improved attendance.  I mean, doesn't the World Series represent the ' best " of both leagues?  I think it's silly to have different teams/ leagues face each other during the season before the championship/title game at the very end. There are enough teams in both leagues and enough games to play within each league to decide the best representative from each league to meet at the end and make that World Series so much more meaningful.



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

Couldn't agree more!



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

You cannot have 15 teams in each league. Someone will either have it off or play the team in the other league. Because of the uneven amount of teams bewteen the two leagues, you cannot get an even schedule. Instead of dumping interleague play, change the rules around. When your in an American league park use national league rules and vice versa. To make scheduling the same for each division you have to have the same amount of teams. This would mean an even number for each division.To do this MLB has to either expand by two teams or contract down to four teams to a division.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Leyland: interleague play has 'run its course'

Cubs are about to make their first trip to Fenway since the 1918 World Series. So, don't tell me interleague play has "run its course"


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