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  CNNSI.com - Baseball - Like it or not, interleague play is back - Thursday June 06, 2002 01:47 PM
Even if interleague play piques fan interest, as it clearly does in a lot of cities, they don't like the notion of the two leagues mingling outside the World Series.
Interleague play fact: The average attendance for interleague games last season was the highest in the five years the games have been played.
Even interleague play against Cleveland, where he spent three All-Star seasons and was considered one of the cornerstones of the team.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /baseball/news/2002/06/05/interleague   (749 words)

  Interleague play - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Interleague play is the term used to describe regular season Major League Baseball games played with teams in different leagues, introduced in 1997.
But while regular-season interleague play was discussed for baseball's major leagues as early as the 1930s, the concept didn't take hold until the 1990s (at least in part as an effort to renew the public's interest in MLB following the controversial 1994 players' strike).
Interleague matchplay allows certain geographic rivalries to be played out during a season, such as New York Yankees v.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Interleague_play   (1077 words)

 Interleague Play- Yankee Pride(http://come.to/yankeepride
Interleague Play may suffer from more problems than it does come through for baseball, but the pure excitement and other pros of it prove integral in the regenerating national pastime.
Interleague brings the two leagues back together, which can be bad, as explained in the aforementioned paragraphs, but it also starts to bring baseball together, and proves great for the fans.
Whether Interleague Play is continued or not will be determined at the end of this season, and whatever it may be, I'm sure it will be for the best of baseball.
members.aol.com /pride4ny/features/interleagueplay.htm   (702 words)

 Interleague play needs a facelift : Announcers - YESNetwork.com
Since interleague is so successful with the fans, you can move the extracted divisional games and have every team in the American League play every team in the National League for one series, whether it be for two or three games.
Aesthetically, this is a better idea because the idea of interleague play is to show fans in one city players they may not normally see.
All in all, interleague play is certainly not objectionable, but it needs some fixing that really shouldn't be that tough to handle.
yesnetwork.com /announcers/article.asp?article_id=209   (742 words)

 Interleague play worth keeping
Interleague play began last season as a two-year experiment, a marketing test aimed at hyping attendance for a stagnant sport.
The future of interleague play is contingent on a negotiated settlement between owners and players.
Interleague play produced a 20 percent boost in attendance last season, but all teams' turnstiles did not benefit proportionally.
www.enquirer.com /columns/sullivan/1998/06/060698bts.html   (622 words)

 Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Interleague Play
In 2004, interleague play raised attendance by about 10%." Now, on one level this is accurate; interleague games had an average attendance of 32,914, while the intraleague games averaged just 30,112, so the interleague average is 9.3% higher.
The interleague games are heavily skewed towards the optimal calendar slots and as a result, the other games are skewed the opposite direction.
Some teams played fewer interleague games and in those cases the number of regular games used was reduced in order to match the interleague schedule.
baseballprospectus.com /article.php?articleid=3689   (641 words)

True "small ball" is played in the NL with bunts, pinch hitting and sacrifices revolving around the pitcher coming to bat.
Interleague play was actually introduced to baseball back in 1933 by Bill Veeck Sr.
In the 1970s that reversed and then we entered the period of owner collusion and interleague play was broken out.
www.nysportsexpress.com /2/24/departments/themets.cfm   (859 words)

 Interleague play adds interesting and controversial twist
The first game featuring interleague play will be the Giants vs. the Rangers, with three West Coast games later that night.
According to acting commissioner Bud Selig, interleague play is for the fans and is intended to create rivalries between American and National League teams.
Along with wildcard playoffs, interleague play is the latest revolution baseball has made to conquer more fans, make more money and add an interesting but controversial twist to the game.
www.collegian.psu.edu /archive/1997/03/03-20-97tdc/03-20-97d03-001.htm   (802 words)

 ESPN.com - Ya gotta love interleague play
If interleague play had been around when I was a boy growing up in Kansas City, I would have been able to see a Don Drysdale or a great player in the National League who I wouldn't have otherwise seen.
Early on, I was not for interleague play at all.
Interleague play gets kicking with rivalry weekend in several places, and the matchups are heavy on intrigue.
sports.espn.go.com /espn/print?id=2450089&type=story   (1807 words)

 Baseball Musings: Comment on Interleague Play   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
I think that for interleague play to really work outside of just being a marketing tool for Major League Baseball, the schedule of same-division competitors has to be fairly identical.
Interleague play won't be truly perfect until two new franchises join the American League, or a National League team switches leagues.
The Yankees played the N.L. Central last year, only to be stunned in the World Series by the NL East Florida Marlins.
www.baseballmusings.com /cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=6882   (1198 words)

 USATODAY.com - Interleague play has just enough intrigue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Interleague baseball is back for a weekend appearance with plenty of story lines spiced up by matchups between neighboring rivals.
Oakland seems to enjoy playing just about any team from the National League, judging by its 95-63 (.601) mark in interleague play, the majors' best since the concept was implemented in 1997.
Some players have expressed annoyance with interleague games — which have averaged a 12.7% increase in attendance over intraleague games, though the figure was down to 7.3% last year — arguing the novelty has worn off.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/2006-05-18-interleague-play_x.htm?csp=34   (896 words)

 Interleague play is back - PittsburghLIVE.com
That the Pirates and Brewers weren't involved in interleague play this weekend scratches the surface of why National League teams playing American Leagues is a messy and ill-conceived notion.
Interleague play was too lucrative to large-market teams to simply vanish, so the braintrust decided to spruce it up by rotating the schedule all the while keeping some of these so-called geographical rivalries intact.
Other scheduling quirks have the Braves playing teams from all three American League divisions and the Pirates playing three AL West teams but not the marquee team of the division, the first-place Mariners.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/tribune-review/sports/pirateslive/s_75565.html   (720 words)

 Interleague Play
AL teams should benefit from carrying an everyday DH on the roster when playing at home and NL teams should benefit from the fact that their pitchers bat all the time (among other advantages) but it didn't seem to be the case this year.
Interleague play proved to be good for the House as it finished up more profitable than the regular schedule and the failure of the home teams to produce may be the key.
During the first couple of days we see as much as a 30% reduction but by the time the last Interleague games roll around, the bettors have a better feel and handle is restored.
www.sportschronicles.com /articles/interleague_play.asp   (666 words)

 Augusta Georgia: sports@ugusta: Interleague play gets fans back in stands 06/07/98
That's why the idea of interleague play, an invention whose re-appearance this weekend has been met with a dose of intrigue and indifference, can be such a vital cog in restoring baseball to its proper place in the sports world.
Interleague play is different, and with the baseball status quo failing to create the buzz among the populace, it needs all the different ideas it can muster.
Whether the interleague play experiment becomes an entrenched figure during the 21st century will depend on the players union and a vote it'll take after the season.
chronicle.augusta.com /stories/060798/spo_124-3590.shtml   (592 words)

 Interleague play is boon for fans
SINCE ITS INCEPTION in 1997, interleague play has been to Major League Baseball what the All-Star Game is to the NBA: pointless, but enjoyable for fans afforded the chance to see things they wouldn't ordinarily.
Interleague play is more about NL skippers using their best reserve bat for a change, than it is the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins rekindling a once-hot rivalry.
Interleague play is a change of pace, a breath of fresh air, and an invigorating spark to an otherwise monotonous 162-game season.
www.fredericksburg.com /News/FLS/2005/052005/05222005/101091/palm   (681 words)

 Interleague play should go way of dodo
Erasing interleague play would allow Giants fans the chance to see another game or two against Mark McGwire and the Cardinals, Sammy Sosa and the Cubs and Chipper Jones and the Braves.
Moreover, eliminating interleague play will prevent Giants and A's fans from having to do something you know most of them can't stomach doing: rooting for the cross-bay team.
When interleague play began in 1997, baseball still was recovering from the 1994 strike and perhaps the game needed a boost that interleague play might have provided in the short term.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/06/06/SP198080.DTL&type=printable   (701 words)

 Left Field Sports -- Bush Stands Firm on Interleague Play
At issue is the fundamentalist stance against interleague play and the more moderate pro-interleague play faction that is seeking to mold the party into one that is less divisive and more inclusive.
Interleague play proponents are quick to counter, "There is nothing fundamental about anything they are saying to go against interleague play.
While Bush seems unlikely to change his stance on Interleague play, there is talk of him choosing a Vice Presidential candidate who will be able to placate the far right wing of the party.
leftfieldsports.com /story18_03.htm   (386 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
When you have bad teams playing within their own league you at least have the possible added interest of possible ramifications in the standings for one of the teams.
Interleague play also creates some hardships for American League managers when it comes to filling out lineup cards with no designated hitter.
I have a feeling that unless a fan is in a city where an interleague game is played, he couldn't care less about interleague play.
www.knoxstudio.com /shns/story.cfm?pk=BBO-COOK-05-29-05&cat=BA   (670 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Interleague play closes for the year after this weekend, with the White Sox and their AL brethren trying to finish off a strong season against the National League.
With 14 three-game series to be played this weekend, the AL has a chance to eclipse its best previous mark against the NL, set when it went 136-115 in 2000.
Interleague play has helped jump-start a few struggling AL teams this year.
www.berkshireeagle.com /portlet/article/html/fragments/print_article.jsp?article=2821272   (620 words)

 All About Baseball   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In its usual form, the game is between two teams of nine players on a playing field consisting of 4 bases, arranged in a diagonal square ("the diamond") and a large outfield.
Originally, the second baseman played very close to second base, until the shortstop was developed by relocating what was previously a fourth outfielder.
Historically, teams in one league never played teams in the other until the World Series, in which the champions of the two leagues played against each other; this changed in 1997 with the advent of interleague play.
www.creativebaseball.com /all-about-baseball.htm   (3924 words)

 New Partisan - New Partisan - - Interleague Play: A Failed Experiment
When interleague play was introduced in 1997, I thought it was easily the most damaging change to happen to the game in the postwar era, worse than the wild card, the designated hitter, and domed stadiums combined.
The worst thing about this year’s round of interleague play isn’t that it lines up such an insanely irrelevant matchup as Baltimore at Los Angeles, but that this is actually promoted as a marquee series.
Interleague play brings more stars to more parks, which is a great boon to the fans.
www.newpartisan.com /home/interleague-play-a-failed-experiment.html   (1311 words)

 BBTF's Baseball Primer Newsblog Discussion :: FOX Sports: Rosenthal: Time to embrace interleague play
I hate interleague play, but what I hate more is the BS schedule-rigging that MLB pulls to sustain the illusion that interleague play boosts attendance.
Interleague play is a novelty in most markets but not in two team (or three team) markets.
Now, with the advent of interleague play, there is always the chance that the two teams in the Series have already played six games against each other during the season.
www.baseballthinkfactory.org /files/newsstand/discussion/21107   (3855 words)

 6/10 Interleague Play
We consider whether or not interleague play is good or bad for baseball.
While no one likes the latter, interleague play was made for rivals such as the Twins and Brewers, the Yankees and Mets, the White Sox and Cubs, and many more.
I don't think that interleague play should be totally eliminated from the schedule, there just needs to be less of it.
journals.aol.com /stetsonboy21/MNSports/entries/156   (219 words)

 The Official Site of Major League Baseball: History: Interleague
For the first five seasons of Interleague Play, each division played against the same division from the other league (NL East vs. AL East, NL Central vs. AL Central and NL West vs. AL West).
During Interleague Play the designated hitter rule is used in all American League ballparks, but is not used in National League stadiums, which is how the DH is used in World Series play.
In cases where two teams -- as Interleague opponents -- break a league or Major League record, that record will be annotated with the phrase 'Interleague game.' Streaks by both teams and individual will continue (or be halted) when playing Interleague opponents in the same manner as if playing against an intraleague opponent.
mlb.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/mlb/history/interleague/index.jsp   (453 words)

 MPR: The Bleacher Bums: Hate Interleague play? Get over it!!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Someone said to me today, for example, that the problem with interleague play is now the teams competing with each other don't play the same teams.
Because Minnesota played in a division in which the majority of their divisional games (Chicago was the only team that had a.500 record and they had ONLY a.500 record) were against poor ballclubs.
That's one of the reasons I like interleague play; it makes you be interested in teams and ballparks you otherwise might not be.
www.publicradio.org /columns/minnesota/baseball/archive/2005/06/hate_interleagu.php   (1811 words)

 Baseball Prospectus | Articles | Interleague Play
In 2004, interleague play raised attendance by about 10%." Now, on one level this is accurate; interleague games had an average attendance of 32,914, while the intraleague games averaged just 30,112, so the interleague average is 9.3% higher.
Some teams played fewer interleague games and in those cases the number of regular games used was reduced in order to match the interleague schedule.
Indeed this would seem to indicate that more than 80% of the supposed benefit of interleague play is merely a reflection of when the games are played.
www.baseballprospectus.com /article.php?articleid=3689   (668 words)

 Interleague Play Starts Today!
Interleague play is almost as gay as the designated hitter or Mike Piazza.
In interleague play there are 20 teams with natural or contrived rivalries that play two 3 game series home in home for a total of 6 games.
The Cubs and Reds play in the same division and are required to butt heads with the White Sox and Indians 6 times.
www.sportsphds.com /editorials/readarticle.php?articleID=646   (539 words)

 Oakland best team in interleague play | www.azstarnet.com ®
What's different is that interleague play tends to heighten the elements that have sustained the A's in recent years - pitching, and improving as the season progresses.
Oakland's interleague prowess and remarkable 18-0 record against NL Central teams will be severely tested during a three-game series beginning tonight against division-leading St. Louis.
Interleague play begins in June, so the A's usually are approaching their peak when they match up against NL teams.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/26138   (608 words)

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