Philadelphia Phillies: Why This Fan Has Seen Enough of Interleague Baseball

Susan Cohen-DicklerCorrespondent IIJune 26, 2011

SEATTLE - JUNE 18:  Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases past third baseman Adam Kennedy #4 after hitting a two-run homer in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 18, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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I've had it with interleague play in baseball. Unless it's the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees, do fans really care about seeing these American League teams?

I mean, is it really necessary for the Philadelphia Phillies to travel all the way to Seattle to play the Mariners?

To be honest I'm not even sure I knew there was a baseball team in Seattle. I know they have that famous market where they throw the fish and that really tall space needle thing, but a baseball team?  Who knew?

Then, of course, there's the designated hitter.

How many other professional sports can you name that play games with different rules in the course of one season? I mean, when you think about it, it's crazy!  

And I'm not just saying that as a Phillies fan, though it's hard enough for this Phils team to field eight players who can hit. Add the DH to the mix and now they have to find nine!

It's not just a couple of games, either—teams this season will play as many as 18 interleague games.


At a time when many division races go down to the wire and the wild cards may not be decided until the last game of the year (or maybe even with a one-game playoff), these interleague games really have an impact.

Should a game the Atlanta Braves play against the Toronto Blue Jays in June really determine their playoff fate?

While a team's schedule is carefully balanced within its own league so that everyone has a fair shot, the interleague games are more often arranged by travel and schedule convenience than by their win/loss records.  As a result, some teams may end up with a much "easier" interleague schedule than others.  

Now, maybe when this whole "experiment" started in 1997 there was good reason for it. Without as much baseball coverage on television, fans really didn't have a chance to see teams or players in both leagues.  

But now with ESPN, the MLB Network, and Fox, you can see the Red Sox or the Yankees almost every night! (OK, yes, that was a little dig.)  

So I've had enough of interleague play.

Call me a purist, but I, for one, can wait until the World Series to see the Phillies play the Red Sox!