Time to scrap interleague play

For several reasons, it's time for Major League Baseball to scrap interleague play.

Updated: July 12, 2004, 2:14 PM ET
By Rick Sutcliffe | Special to ESPN Insider
It's time for Major League Baseball to scrap interleague play.

This year's interleague schedule began this week. But why eliminate a system that's been in place since 1997? I can think of several reasons.

For one, National League managers are forced to keep a DH-type player on their rosters for these interleague games. This eliminates a roster spot for a younger, more deserving player.

Rick Sutcliffe serves as an ESPN Major League Baseball analyst, appearing on Wednesday night telecasts, select ESPN Radio broadcasts, as well as Baseball Tonight.