Bud Selig was in Pittsburgh today, and as you could have guessed, he attributed the Pirates' success to MLB having a fair landscape. This isn't unexpected, as it happens every time a small market team surprises everyone by contending.
The Pirates have become contenders again, but they haven't done it because MLB is fair. They did it by finding talent avenues that were under-valued. They did it through the draft, international market, trading established players for prospects, and focusing on advanced metrics, rather than the traditional stats that land big free agent deals. It's not a new concept. It's the way any successful small market team has managed to win in this unbalanced league. The fact that the feel good success stories are only small market teams, and never big market teams,...
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