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Starting in 2013, the Mets and Yankees Might Not Play Six Times Anymore

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01:  Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees slides safely into home under the tag of catcher Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets on an Alex Rodriguez double at Citi Field on July 1, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Since 1999, the Mets and Yankees have played six games against each other every year — three in the Bronx and three in Queens. But ESPN reports that the league is working on a scheduling reconfiguration for 2013 that will likely eliminate the home-and-home between "natural rivals" around the league. We already know that Interleague Play will become a year-round thing next year once the Astros move to the American League and both leagues are left with an odd number of teams. But, according to the report, under the new configuration, the Mets and Yankees will only play six times every three years, when the A.L. East and N.L. East line up for Interleague Play. In the other years, they'd reportedly be limited to a three-game series in one park, or two games in each stadium. This makes for a more fair schedule: Teams within the same division would play a more similar slate of games. (It certainly hasn't helped the Mets that they've had to play the Yankees six times a year every season.) That said, even if the novelty of the regular-season Subway Series has worn off a bit since they began fifteen years ago, they still draw spirited crowds: According to ESPN, the nine largest crowds through the first three years of Citi Field's history were the nine visits by the Yankees. The Mets might like their potentially less-difficult schedule going forward, but they won't much appreciate the loss of those gates in some years.

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