For most of the previous decade, the argument surrounding Major League Baseball was that the league had parity because of all of the different World Series winners. From 2000-2008 the league had eight different winners in nine years. That gave the impression that anyone could win, and that baseball was a fair game.
After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series tonight, I looked at the list of the recent World Series winners. What I noticed is that the "anyone can win" argument has been destroyed. The Red Sox have won three of the last ten World Series titles. During that ten year span, the Cardinals have won twice, and the San Francisco Giants have won twice. That's three teams combining to win seven of the last ten World Series titles. The only other teams to win during that time were the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox.
Let's expand the picture and look at all of the winners over the last 19 years (dating back to MLB's first year after the cancelled 1994 World Series).
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.