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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Calcaterra | The Padres are going to keep Bud Black as their manager for 2015

The Padres are not, historically speaking, quick to change managers. Bruce Bochy preceded Black and held the job for 12 years. Black is finishing his eighth year as Padres manager. None of Black’s years have ended with a playoff appearance, however, and he’s 613-676 at the helm. Though, to be fair the Padres have very rarely given him a lot to work with.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 21, 2014 at 07:54 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Friday, September 05, 2014

Baseball’s New Parity: A Myth

Interviewed at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, retiring commissioner Bud Selig was asked what part of his legacy he’s most proud of. Selig cited a new age of “competitive balance,” commonly referred to as parity—meaning that teams who spent large portions of the previous two decades as also-rans now have a chance to not only make the postseason, but make deep runs into October.

It’s a nice thought. There are 30 MLB teams, and for the most part recently, playoff success has been limited to only a tiny subset of that 30. A break from this group of traditional elites would be refreshing.

It’s also wrong.


 

 

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