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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bryant: Albert Pujols Deal: Sign of MLB Strength

And so the Year of Labor is reaching its conclusion with an exclamation point. Through his heavy-handed machinations, Stern is tacitly acknowledging that his league is not strong enough to survive without continuing to try to curb the freedoms and break the will of its players. Meanwhile, in something of an upset, baseball is proving once more that it is still the best, most democratic sport in the country—simply by realizing there is no reason to continue a fight both sides have already won.

History has proved that baseball gets it right, after all. The sport doesn’t have a salary cap, yet over the past 12 seasons, nine different teams have won the World Series, the only repeat champions being the Yankees in 2000 and ‘09, the Red Sox in 2004 and ‘07, and the Cardinals in 2006 and (try not to cringe, Rangers fans) ‘11. Even the Milwaukee Brewers have made the playoffs twice in the past four years.

Makes me wonder what Robert F. Burk would write if he ever continued his excellent series on baseball labor relations.

Dan Evensen Posted: December 15, 2011 at 05:37 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Champions Table Posted: December 15, 2011 at 07:04 PM (#4017196)
Wait a second. I thought baseball was dead?
   2. phredbird Posted: December 15, 2011 at 07:20 PM (#4017211)
we can't have positive columns about baseball here. what would we p-ss and moan about?

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