Neyer: Interleague play discussions at baseball’s Winter Meetings

From SABR member Rob Neyer at The National Pastime Museum on December 3, 2017:

When you study the business machinations and the franchise-shaking transactions and the rule changes that have characterized baseball’s various Winter Meetings since (at least) early in the last century, one small benefit is discovering rules that weren’t changed, proposals that weren’t adopted.

Not immediately, anyway. Another benefit of historical research is the nearly constant reminder that—well, to quote a certain best-selling book—The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Perhaps there’s no better example in baseball history than interleague play, which first came to the Major Leagues in 1997, largely at the behest of Commissioner Bud Selig . . . and wholly 93 years after the first serious proposal.

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Originally published: December 4, 2017. Last Updated: December 4, 2017.