Major League Baseball released its entire preliminary 2012 schedule this week. These days, one of the first things I check is if this is the year that the Dodgers finally visit the Yankees.
Guess what, it’s not happening. Neither are the other 7 city-specific series that have not been played since inter-division Interleague Play started in 2002. (The first 5 seasons, 1997-2001, only had East vs East, Central vs Central and West vs West).
LAD @ NYY
MIN @ ATL
CHC @ OAK
CHW @ NYM
ATL @ KC
SD @ TOR
STL @ LAA
TEX @ STL
I have given more details about the so-called “Interleague 8” in a previous post. 2011 saw some series come off of this list, including CHC @ BOS and MIL (as a NL team) @ NYY.
Each of these teams have played each other at the other ballpark, in some cases more than once. With talk of realigning MLB, and moving the Houston Astros to the American League as early as 2013, it may create more balance in Interleague scheduling. However, 2012 looks to have no city-specific first time series.