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I've been convinced. Baseball is entertainment, and what's more entertaining than parity?

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March 14, 2002 12:00 am

Comparing Balance

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Derek Zumsteg

There is no competitive balance problem in baseball, even in the latest period of Yankee pennants. Supposedly, the Yankees play an entirely different game than other teams. If this is true, we should see this in almost any metric we choose, but it's not there.

I'm going to set out some real simple standards for measuring competitive balance in baseball, and look at what we get out of them. I've decided to use seasons following the 1994 strike as an arbitrary start point, but this coincides nicely with the Yankees' perceived dominance.

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It has taken me three weeks to put together a coherent salary-cap column, because there are so many issues that come into play when trying to write about it. There's a mythology that surrounds the salary cap, one so ingrained in any discussion of the topic that to get through the layers of misconceptions takes the work off on a half-dozen tangents, all of which are informative and entertaining, but which make for a difficult read.

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January 24, 2001 12:00 am

An Unbalanced Idea

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Joe Sheehan

After allowing it to lay dormant for five months, Bud Selig dusted off the report of his Blue Ribbon Committee and announced plans to implement some of the changes it suggested. The one that received the most attention was the so-called competitive balance draft. As presented by Selig, the draft would allow the teams with the worst records over the previous three years to select one player each from the teams with the eight best records over the same period.

The draft's purpose is to address the game's supposed competitive balance problem, that being the current code for "the players make too much money." Those of you who have followed the game's labor struggles will remember past codes like "meaningful compensation," "cost certainty," and the legendary "survival of the game".

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1. Bret Boone, Padres. Boone has a very quick first step and a throwing motion that is very compact and efficient. He's not the best double-play turner on this list, but his Range Factor and Zone Rating are both in the upper half of the league. He looks a lot like that guy from Ferris Bueller's Day Off who is now on Spin City.

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