Sunday, June 18, 2006

Defending our turf

Pirates have done a good job in the Twins series of beating back the recent challenge from the Cubs.

Sixth place is ours, Dusty--don't forget that.


Anonymous bucdaddy said...

Why are we in the only division in MLB with six teams? For that matter, why are we in the only six-team division in the four major pro sports? Texas only has to be better than three other teams to win a division; we have to climb over five. If you randomly distributed division championships so that over 100 years every team in each division would have an equal number, Texas would win 25 titles and the Pirates 16.7. This is an enormous disparity that no one ever seems to mention. But outside of financial matters, this is probably the most grossly unfair situation in pro sports. Within the past 10 years or so, each of the other three leagues has realigned to create equal numbers in its divisions, or as equal as it can get. But not baseball. Only baseball sticks with some weird reasoning for having one division with two-thirds as many teams as another division.

This is especially absurd in view of the fact baseball has an even number of teams that could be easily divided into six five-team divisions. I don't understand this. Other leagues play interconference games all the time without any problem, so don't tell me it's a scheduling hang-up. Like many things, it's a disparity baseball could easily remove if it wanted to.

Think about it this way: The team that finishes last in the NL Central is the only sixth-place team in the four major pro sports -- ergo, by definition, the worst team in pro sports.

That's looking more and more like us.

9:08 PM  

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