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Is that the BPro metric?
Here's an interesting question. Who do you think would be the better fielder...Trout at 3B or Cabrera in LF? I think Cabrera in CF would be a total disaster and Trout at 3B wins that argument hands down.
No it isn't.
If each league had an equal but distinct number of players that it was allowed to populate its teams with, then the NL's teams would be diluted as a result of dividing those players into 16 groupings rather than 14 units. That isn't the case. As such, the number of teams has essentially no bearing on the overall competitiveness of the league.
Not sure I follow, but either way, we were arguing about whether there needs to be a league adjustment, not about competitiveness.
Here's the thing, if you take the two crappiest teams from the 2008-2012 NL, and stick them on the AL, two things are going to happen. On aggregate, everyone who stays in the NL, no longer gets to feast off of those crappy two teams, and sees their statistics drop. Everybody in the AL gets to whack around the two new patsies, and their statistics rise. Did everyone in the AL get better and in the NL worse? Did the AL players become more valuable, the NL less? Of course not. The point is, a replacement level player coming into the new AL would also put up better numbers than in th old AL, because he gets more opportunities against crappy teams, thus raising the replacement level. Similarly it drops in the NL, now that replacement level players face better teams on average than before.
Yes, if you artificially manipulate the makeup the teams in a given league, it will weaken a league's overall competitiveness (which happened this year when the dreadful Astros were added to the AL). It doesn't day anything about the actual strength of a league pre-manipulation.
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