Thursday, September 9, 2010

LIGA CONSIDERING RETURN TO INTERZONAL SCHEDULE

After two seasons of limiting their regular season schedule only to games between teams within the same division, the Mexican League is contemplating a return to interzonal play in 2011. LMB President Plinio Escalante said that while teams were restricted to competition within their respective zones in 2009 and 2010 to save on travel costs, fans missed out on seeing the best Liga players from outside their own divisions.

One idea being floated for next year is four each Liga team to entertain four teams from outside their division in home series while taking to the road for games against the remaining four external teams. While there is a chance that all 16 teams would engage in home-and-away series in 2011, it is not as likely because of travel expenses.

Still, Escalante says, “The majority of team presidents are thinking about the return of interzonal play because the fans demand it.”