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The Tigers made their first ever appearance at Great American Ballpark over the weekend.
Chicago, IL- Slowly but surely, I am starting to warm up to interleague play.  For the longest time I have held on to the notion that American League teams should only play teams within their league and likewise for the National League.  The last three days in Cincinnati has helped change my mind.

Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with the fact that some teams get punished every year for playing a tougher interleague schedule than others.  When home field advantage for the postseason hinges on best record, that can be a big deal.  Yet, no system is perfect so I’ll just deal with it. 

What made the last three days in Cincinnati so special was the newness of visiting a National League park and city and of the course the fact that the Tigers won two of three.  All three games seemed to carry a playoff feel.  You can’t quite get that when you play a divisional opponent this early in the year.  It also helps that the Reds are a first place team.

Saturday’s two-out rally in the eighth inning started by a Brennan Boesch double and Sunday’s unlikely comeback from four runs down, were two of the gutsier wins by the Tigers this year.  The atmosphere was tremendous because of the thousands of Tigers fans who made the trek to Cincinnati to support their team.

While I’m warming to the fact that interleague play has its merits, the addition of the Houston Astros to the AL next year will have an impact on scheduling.  Beginning next season, both leagues will have 15 teams and baseball is moving toward season-long interleague play.  With the DH in the AL, scheduling could be a nightmare under the season-long plan.  In other words, if an American League team in playoff contention ended the season in a National League park and had to sit its DH, that would not be good.

While baseball continues to mull over the future structure of interleague play, the Tigers take their act to Wrigley Field beginning Tuesday night.  They last appeared there in 2006.  If that series was any indication of things to come, the Tigers might just be ready to roll.

 


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Baseball fan
06/11/2012 19:13

Instead of the permanent "rivalry" with the Pirates, I'd like to see MLB allow for Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh to switch off those rivalries every other year amongst the 4 teams. It'd be great to see the Reds on the schedule more frequently and I think the same could be said for more frequent games between the Indians and Pirates.

Be nice if the two leagues played by the same rules. Go to a 26-man roster and have a 10-man lineup with a DH and the pitcher batting. If not permanently, at least during interleague games.

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06/13/2012 00:59

With the Astros addition to the AL, things should get better with interleague play. I may be wrong but it's going to be spread over the season right?

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06/15/2012 20:25

hey mario, how do u think the tigers will fare over the course of the season? Can we catch the White Sox? I watch every tigers game and i am listening to you tlk right now while we play the Colorado Rockies!

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Gavin
06/17/2012 11:43

A word you could use for fox sports Detroit in HD is "perplexing".
hope to have you use it some day. You are a great announcer for the Tigers.

-Gavin

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BW
09/15/2012 18:28

Mario...why did you speak of Sanchez's no-hit bid? I thought that was a no-no?
Cheers.

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