People who claim that baseball lacks parity of the other sports are quickly losing any legs to stand on. Take a look at baseball at the All Star Break.
Three American League teams have losing records.
Three. TOTAL. Not three in the AL East.
If your definition of a bad team is one that has lost more than it has won, then only the Twins, Mariners and Royals count as bad teams. (The Twins were division champs as recently as 2010.)
As recently as, oh… last spring, the Nationals and Pirates usually fought for “Who was drafting #1 overall this year?”
This year, they are the two best teams in the National League.
And while there are only three sub .500 teams in the American League, there are more in the National League.
Guess who is below .500?
ALL THREE DIVISION WINNERS FOR 2011!
A year ago, the Phillies, Brewers and Diamondbacks were the tops of their divisions.
This year all three go into the break in the red.
And once the All Star game is over, 24 of 30 teams will be within 10 games of a playoff spot to start the second half.
And as we saw last September, a team in front could collapse and a team could skyrocket out of nowhere to make the post season. The Cardinals took advantage of the Braves misfortune and squeezed another World Series title out of it.
If that isn’t parity, I don’t know what is.
I’ve been talking about that since 2 Super Bowls ago…