Baseball matches other sports’ competitive balance

28 10 2009

With the Yankees back in the World Series, we can be sure to hear lots of moaning about how they “buy” their championships and how they have destroyed the competitive balance of baseball.

But compare baseball’s championships this decade with the other sports:

Baseball. Eight different teams won championships — Yankees (possibly twice), Diamondbacks, Angels, Marlins, Red Sox (twice), White Sox, Cardinals, Phillies (possibly twice). Six other teams made it to the World Series: Mets, Giants, Astros, Tigers, Rockies, Rays. That’s 14 teams playing for the championship in this decade. Read the rest of this entry »