Year-round interleague schedule issues

What's the deal with the new interleague schedule?

4/19/13 in MLB   |   droth   |   127 respect

And if you're easily bored and require constant change and excitement, then baseball probably isn't the sport for you to begin with.  It may not be sexy, but the slow grind of the baseball season is part of what gives it its charm.  On a July evening, months into a long season, is the excitement surrounding the rare Blue Jays-Phillies matchup really going to increase ticket sales or TV ratings?

Apr 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry (23) bunts against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY SportsI like that the two leagues produce different styles of baseball which results in people genuinely believing that one philosophy is better than the other. I like that managers can benefit from bringing some aspects of small ball to their AL club or that you can complement an NL lineup by saying that it looks like an AL lineup. 

Like with most changes to the game, I'm sure I'll get over my reservations after something exciting or beneficial to my favorite team happens.  But until then, I will be mourning the implementation of the year-round interleague schedule and hoping that they don't take it another step further simply for marketing purposes.
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4/19/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I hear you.  But here is the thing....  The distinction that once existed between the AL and NL no longer exists.  Right now the only thing that differentiates the two is the DH.  There are no more NL and AL offices.  It's all MLB.  And more importantly, there are no more AL and NL specific umpires.  That REALLY set the leagues apart.  So now we get the same umps, teams play each other all the time and both leagues are now 100% under the purview of MLB rather than themselves.  As a result, the All Star Game is no longer fun to the point that FOX demanded MLB do something to the game.  (Where do you think WS home field came from?)  And it made the World Series that much less special.  MLB is becoming more and more like the other sports and has lost or is losing the special elements that set it apart from them. 

No one was demanding the NL and AL have an even number of teams.  This little move just came out of left field.  God only knows why the owners proposed this or why the MLBPA approved of it.  Just like 99% of everything MLB has done in the last 25 years.  The decisions make no sense and make MLB more a game of the past rather than its future.