re: 2012 GIANTS...TROUT >
I liked the concept of two distinct leagues that only met in the All-Star game and World Series. Unfortunately Bud Selig has made it a point to remove all distinction from the leagues.
I don't mind the extra wild-card(really two teams fighting for one playoff spot). I hate that the Astros have to move to the AL and even worse interleague everyday.
Interleague never bugged me before until last year. One thing I noticed because of IL as a Mets fan is that some of the NL teams seem as foreign as AL teams. It seems like I'm more familiar with the Mets playing at Yankee Stadium than playing against the Cubs at Wrigley.
Outside the rivalry games (Mets-Yankees, Cub-Sox, Dodgers-A's) interleague is unnecessary and random as fuck. Not to mention it messes up strength of schedule. Even when one division faces another there's usually teams left off the schedule.
If they were going to make it interesting they could at least make the Red Sox play the Mets on the road. Instead they have to play the Orioles who they already played in 09 and 10. I'm surprised MLB didn't do this since Mets/Red Sox would've been a guaranteed sellout like Mets/Yankees.