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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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