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06-17-2012, 09:39 PM
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I'm looking at the Inter-League (IL) play this weekend and observe that:

There were 14 IL games played each day this past weekend, Fri-Sat-Sun, June 15-16-17, 2012.

On Friday, the AL teams won 7 of the 14 games.

On Saturday, AL teams won 10 of the 14 games.

On Sunday, the AL teams won 12 of the 14 games.

In total, the AL teams won 29 of 42 games, playing .690 baseball.

Should we draw a conclusion that the AL is the stronger league?

In the prior weekend, 8-9-10 June, the AL won 22 of 42, playing .524 baseball, a more normal outcome.

Any thoughts?
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06-17-2012, 11:17 PM
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 Originally Posted by Mike from back east I'm looking at the Inter-League (IL) play this weekend and observe that: There were 14 IL games played each day this past weekend, Fri-Sat-Sun, June 15-16-17, 2012. On Friday, the AL teams won 7 of the 14 games. On Saturday, AL teams won 10 of the 14 games. On Sunday, the AL teams won 12 of the 14 games. In total, the AL teams won 29 of 42 games, playing .690 baseball. Should we draw a conclusion that the AL is the stronger league? In the prior weekend, 8-9-10 June, the AL won 22 of 42, playing .524 baseball, a more normal outcome. Any thoughts?
The AL is better, but also small sample size.

06-18-2012, 05:53 AM
 Location: Brooklyn 40,056 posts, read 30,547,756 times Reputation: 10490
I preferred the old, "unbalanced" schedule that promoted divisional rivalries. I'd much rather see that than some of the interleague matchups we get. Aside from the logical ones (Mets-Yankees, Cubs-White Sox, Reds-Indians, Cardinals-Royals, Giants-A's, etc.), I wouldn't mind if the whole idea was scrapped.

06-18-2012, 06:27 AM
 Location: Albuquerque, NM 13,293 posts, read 12,804,089 times Reputation: 6637
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 Originally Posted by Fred314X I preferred the old, "unbalanced" schedule that promoted divisional rivalries. I'd much rather see that than some of the interleague matchups we get. Aside from the logical ones (Mets-Yankees, Cubs-White Sox, Reds-Indians, Cardinals-Royals, Giants-A's, etc.), I wouldn't mind if the whole idea was scrapped.
I disagree vehemently. As I've mostly lived in NL cities, I enjoy the opportunity to see AL teams I wouldn't otherwise see.

06-18-2012, 06:55 AM
 Location: Long Island,New York 8,163 posts, read 13,193,381 times Reputation: 2488
I also would like to see some type of rotation which brings teams together that normally don't play each other. What happens if the Yankees and Mets met in the World Series? It would be a little less special considering they already played some interleague games.

06-18-2012, 06:57 AM
 Location: Albuquerque, NM 13,293 posts, read 12,804,089 times Reputation: 6637
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 Originally Posted by Lancet71 I also would like to see some type of rotation which brings teams together that normally don't play each other. What happens if the Yankees and Mets met in the World Series? It would be a little less special considering they already played some interleague games.
Probably no one would watch. Can you say 'ratings nightmare!"?

06-18-2012, 10:59 AM
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I don't get why people hate interleague play. Baseball is the only sport where teams from each conference or league don't play on a regular rotation in their schedule. It's "special" when the Red Sox play the Rockies. Do the Red Sox really need to play the Yankees even more than they already do?

Also, a marquee player like Albert Pujols should be seen by fans in all cities, not just the AL ones. Imagine if Michael Jordan only played against eastern conference teams outside of the finals?

06-18-2012, 12:47 PM
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TAM, agree. I keep hoping to see my O's come to Denver....

Also agree that I would've loved to see Hank Aaron when I lived in/around Baltimore....imagine seeing Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson in the same game.....

It would've been great for fans all over the nation to see the greats of the "other" league play in their town, can you imagine the chance to have seen Ruth, Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Yaz, Berra, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, and so many other of the greats play in NL parks around the country, and vice versa. Being brought up and living in an AL city, the names of the NL greats are a mystery to me, but I'd love to have seen Clemente, Pete Rose, Aaron, and many of the other NL greats. TV just doesn't do justice to watching Brooks Robinson or Cal Ripken spear a ball that would've gone for a double with most other Third Basemen.
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06-18-2012, 01:19 PM
 Location: Virginia Beach, VA 5,517 posts, read 9,020,330 times Reputation: 2542
Im ok with interleague, but they need to do a better job with the scheduling.

Atlanta just played 6 games against the Yankees in 10 games, and all of their games were against the AL East (techincally, they wont be done until the 20th).

How hard would it to be to play 3 games against 5 different AL teams, and not all in the same division?

06-18-2012, 03:30 PM
 Location: Houston, TX 17,032 posts, read 26,891,477 times Reputation: 16190
I like interleague play. Its nice to see teams you don't get to see often.
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