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Parity In Baseball - A Blessing or a Curse?


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Who watched the game last night! Wow, what a thriller!

Someone definitely proved their werth!

"Werth, LaRoche Rally Nats For Walk-Off Win Vs. Halos" by Bill Ladson on mlb.com

And then today they fall to the Padres, 4-2.

I've been trying to stay silent to avoid jinxing the Nats. 

Dammit, as much as I've always loved baseball, and always will, there's something fundamentally wrong with a sport that has so much built-in parity.

I get it: it maximizes round-the-league revenue and interest in smaller markets, but it isn't right.

The Yankees are all the more impressive for having won so many damned World Series. 

As in: 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009 (and even here, they had cold streaks of 15 and 18 years without a championship).

To be precise:

1920s: 3 championships

1930s: 5

1940s: 4

1950s: 6

1960s: 2

1970s: 2

1980s: 0

1990s: 3

2000s: 2

Do you see how free agency (which began in 1975), expansion (1969), and the mighty Orioles (1960s, 1970s) killed them? (Sorry - had to get that one in, but the mighty Yankees were the team you *loved* to hate, and what's so wrong with that?)

Best post-live-ball records in baseball history, and whether or not they won the World Series:

1954 Cleveland Indians: 111-43, Lost (season shifted from 154 games to 162 games in 1961 (American) and 1962 (National)

2001 Seattle Mariners: 116-46, Lost (you've got to win the series to be in the discussion for GOAT - unfair, but true)

1927 New York Yankees 110-44, Won (featuring the legendary Murderer's Row, and batting .308 as a team)

1998 New York Yankeees 114-48, Won (must be included in any serious discussion of greatest team of all time)

1931 Philadelphia Athletics, 107-45, Lost

1939 New York Yankees, 106-45, Won

Of these, since the 1969 expansion, only the 1998 Yankees has ever had the best regular-season record, and won the World Series.

There's something about a sport where a team (the 1972 Miami Dolphins) can win the Super Bowl by going 17-0. Complete, total, dominance. *That* is truly memorable.

Or the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls going 72-10.

In baseball, when your teams goes 110-52, you're considered one of the very greatest teams of all time, and even then, you've only won less than 68% of your games - hardly dominance - and there's probably only about a 30% chance of becoming World Series Champions (just a guess on that latter point).

I am not a fan of parity in sports. Yes, in drafts, it's fair I suppose, but salary caps annoy me. Let the rich get richer, and let us hate the Yankees, dammit. It's fun! (We don't really hate them by the way; but we can't actually *admit* that we respect them!) :)

"‹I have *always* had this problem with baseball, and yet, it's what makes it so damnably lovable. I think.

It would help things, in my mind, if we didn't have so much free agency resulting in "Musical Players." It kills the love for a city's team, at least it does for me.

Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. Parity, my eye. Let the best win.

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