Has Interleague Play Ended League Mystique?
A lot of people are proponents of Interleague play, in Major League Baseball. Others, like Terence Moore, of mlb.com, argue that Interleague play has ruined the mystique of the National and American Leagues. View Moore’s column, courtesy of mlb.com, below.
Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets is forced out at second base as Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees attempts to complete a double play on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
Those who oppose Interleague Play cite many reasons: It creates scheduling nightmares. It takes away the aura surrounding the World Series since its participants could have met during the regular season. It sets up more contrived rivalries than actual ones between American League and National League teams within a geographical area.
Here’s another reason: The loss of magic. I’m talking about individual magic. I mean, if there was Interleague Play when the late Harmon Killebrew spent his 22 seasons through 1975 in the Major Leagues, his mixture of truth and mystery wouldn’t have existed as much for some of us.