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HBT Extra: Interleague weekend

May 18, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

Tiffany and I take a look ahead to the first interleague weekend of 2012.  Watch as I claim that Bruce Chen is better than Stephen Strasburg and see if Tiffany takes the bait!

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  1. proudlycanadian - May 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    What were those things dangling from Tiffany’s ears? They totally distracted me from the conversation.

    • bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      1) NBC Peacock-inspired earrings

      2) Miami Marlins inspired jalapeno peppers

      • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM

        Good suggestions.

    • Jonny 5 - May 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Maybe she’s an avid fly fisher?

  2. bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Interleague: I still HATE IT

    • no14mike - May 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      It’s cause the DH sucks, right?

      • bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Wrong. I LOVE the DH.

      • bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        But I also LOVE “NL” Baseball.

        (I put the NL in parentheticals because technically speaking it no longer exists).

      • bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        I also believe in some instant replay (Home Runs, Foul Balls for example) and even a booth review (of sorts) for scoring plays (if not during the regular season, then certainly during the playoffs). I was also for re-alignment, because well, having the Detroit Tigers & Cleveland Indians in the AL East but the Chicago White Sox in the AL West was kind of comical.

        What I don’t believe in nor like is change for the sake of change. There was not an overwhelming groundswell of fans clamoring for inter-league when it was instituted. And my observation at the time was the majority of the fans who did support it were not of the hardcore variety.

        If you didn’t experience MLB when the AL and NL were truly separate leagues than you just don’t understand how truly special and unique the World Series and All-Star Games used to be.

        Contrary to MLB’s propaganda, inter-league has not been the overwhelming success they’d lead you to believe it has been. In fact, I’m not so sure it can even be tabbed a success. At best its a wash, and that’s before you consider that the advent of inter-league rendered AL & NL records as trivial novelties.

        It’s no coincidence that the ASG began a downward spiral in popularity and relevance when inter-league began. But the CEO/Commissioner will never acknowledge that.

        But more to the point, inter-league annihilated one of the most unique aspects of MLB. The NFL, NBA & NHL have all played inter-Conference schedules for a long time before inter-league was instituted. That in itself is not enough of a justification for MLB to have turned on its head what had been working just fine.

        Yet essentially that is the explanation that we got. In reality I’m sure it had more to do with securing TV contracts. But even if that were the case, a more qualified CEO at the time could have reasoned with networks by explaining the separation of the leagues was unique to MLB and made the ASG and WS all that more special and marketable. While a more qualified, impartial Commissioner would have also recognized that such a monumental change to the structure of MLB could have more long-term adverse effects than was beneficial for the short-term novel gain that inter-league was.

    • proudlycanadian - May 18, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      Well said!

      • no14mike - May 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Good points bigleagues. I would like to add the benefits of inter-league to teams like the Nationals and Orioles who are able to fill up their parks during those weekends. Yankees/Mets used to get bigger draws when the Mets were a better team, and I am sure is similarly true in other cases.

      • bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        Thank you!

      • bigleagues - May 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        no14mike,

        I hear you and it may be an entertaining event for fans in some cities. However, that inter-league has and still does benefit a few teams – the ends just haven’t justified the means.

  3. hushbrother - May 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    When did David Cross become a baseball commentator?

    Interesting take on the Rays. In ’09 they had some injuries and it sunk their season. The last two years they’ve also had key players miss time with injuries but managed to overcome them. That’s what their season always seems to boil down to – if they play well through the injuries, such as they’re doing now, they’ll be ok.

  4. Jonny 5 - May 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    If the Phillies trade Blanton for Youk I will cry. I will cry big tears.

  5. Panda Claus - May 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Craig,
    Perhaps sometime soon you’ll realize the pitcher for the O’s you keep referring to as “Bruce”, well his name is Wei-Yin Chen.

    Bruce pitches for the Royals, although he did appear in an Orioles uniform from 2004-06.

  6. dasher521 - May 18, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I’m with “Crash” Davis, “…there oughta be a Constitutional amendment banning astro-turf and the designated hitter!” Had he known at the time, “Crash” would have included interleague play in his soliloque.

  7. natsattack - May 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Prediction: Nats kick the O’s with a 3 game sweep.

    no14mike, btw I am Nats/Natsball on MLBMO.

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