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Old 04-06-2016, 08:06 AM
 
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Im looking at the Braves schedule and they play the Mets, Phillies, Miami, and the Nationals 19 times a piece and dont even play the Yankees once.

I really wish baseball would drop this interleague fear and have all teams play each other so you dont have to see the same teams play over and over and over.

I would go crazy if they did that in basketball I had to see the 76ers, Wizards, and Knicks 8-10 times a year and never get to see any of the western conference teams.
Baseball needs a change to speed things up and have more or all teams play each other since you are playing a 162 game season and not waste half of your season playing 4 teams in your division.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Thornhill, Ontario
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I guess you can call it "interleague fear," but approximately 90 years of NL teams not playing AL teams except in the World Series has created plenty of purists on both sides. Personally, I kind of miss that myself because you sorta had a mystique of separate leagues with a (figurehead) president and separate umpires and the like.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:19 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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And there is interleague play now for baseball. You could also ask why NFL teams play teams in their own division so many times (twice a season) but will sometimes never play some other team. Or you also could look at hockey.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:16 AM
 
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Teams play the other teams within their own division more than those in the other league because those teams are the ones they are in direct competition with. Interleague play introduces more "chance," as the teams can't play the exact same teams as their rivals.
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Old 04-06-2016, 04:48 PM
 
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I can understand playing teams in your own division, but 19 TIMES? I think four 3 game series should be enough for 12 games and allow to play other teams more. Instead of seeing the Giants and Dodgers 6 or 7 games, it would allow atleast 9 or 10 games.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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As a Pirates fan, every one of those 19 games vs. the Cards is worth it.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Im looking at the Braves schedule and they play the Mets, Phillies, Miami, and the Nationals 19 times a piece and dont even play the Yankees once.

I really wish baseball would drop this interleague fear and have all teams play each other so you dont have to see the same teams play over and over and over.

I would go crazy if they did that in basketball I had to see the 76ers, Wizards, and Knicks 8-10 times a year and never get to see any of the western conference teams.
Baseball needs a change to speed things up and have more or all teams play each other since you are playing a 162 game season and not waste half of your season playing 4 teams in your division.
Why? What's wrong with that? Besides they do interleague games in the World Series. Besides there are interconference games in the NFL as well. I don't see anything wrong with interleague games.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:52 PM
 
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Why? What's wrong with that? Besides they do interleague games in the World Series. Besides there are interconference games in the NFL as well. I don't see anything wrong with interleague games.

I love inter-league play, as there is nothing worse I hate seeing than a pitcher hit, when half the times they will bunt or strike out. Baseball needs to make the DH standard in the NL soon.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:44 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I always thought. How can you call it the World Series, if you don't play any other teams from other countries, like Japan. Chances are, we probably wouldn't win all that often.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: NY
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I think the division biased schedule is a strength of baseball. It makes their divisions and playoff races real. To win your division, you really have to beat the teams in your division to legitimize your division title. Even the wild card race has elements of this league wide, giving some legitimacy to more games against teams in your own league.
Games against the opposite league are really there more as exhibitions for MLB to cash in on some extra TV ratings and gate attendance for "cross town/rivalry" and add a little value to the TV contract. Beyond those special series, there is not a lot of pent up paying customer demand for teams to really ditch their true division rivals to play all of the opposite league. MLB extra innings is there for anyone wanting to check out all 30 clubs. (Obviously I dislike interleague play, I would ditch it altogether before expanding it).
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