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Cubs and Padres to play final Hall of Fame Game
2008-01-29 10:33
by Bob Timmermann
Citing increasingly difficult schedule problems, this year's Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown on June 16 will be the final one. The Cubs and Padres will be the participants.

With the demise of the Hall of Fame Game, which has been part of the schedule since 1940, the midseason exhibition game will become a thing of the past. It was not uncommon for teams to schedule exhibitions against their AAA or AA affiliates, but players hated them (a lot) and for a long time.

Most famously, Cardinals player manager Rogers Hornsby refused to play an exhibition game in September, citing the demands of the pennant race. This was the straw that broke the camel's back for Cardinals owner Sam Breadon and Hornsby was traded to the Giants when the season was over. Even though the Cardinals won the World Series.

2008-01-29 12:04:50
1.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Is this one of those things where you don't know what you've lost until it's gone?
2008-01-29 12:35:27
2.   Murray
Well before the advent of interleague play, the Mets and Yankees played a regular-season exhibition game called the Mayor's Trophy Game. The last one occurred some time in the 1980s.
2008-01-29 12:50:58
3.   Bob Timmermann
I'll get you Joni Mitchell's phone number and you can ask her.
2008-01-29 12:56:23
4.   DXMachina
3 Maybe they can turn the field into a new parking lot.

The Red Sox used to play against the PawSox every year down in Pawtucket. Now they have a futures game at Fenway featuring Pawtucket (AAA) vs Portland (AA).

2008-01-29 13:01:52
5.   Johnny Nucleo
Back in the day, July 1 in Canada was the Pearson Cup between the Expos and Blue Jays. I went one year, and was kind of disappointed that the game was played mostly by second, third, and fourth string players I'd never heard of.
2008-01-29 13:09:54
6.   Bob Timmermann
Technically, the Red Sox will be playing in-season exhibition games this year against the Dodgers after opening the season in Japan. However, I think the Red Sox will likely not start a lot of its first team in those games.
2008-01-30 15:46:49
7.   grandcosmo
1 No.

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