A query on equality

As a precursor to something I’m working on, tonight’s post is simply a question. I recognize that sometimes people respond to these queries and sometimes they do not. I would appreciate it if you my readers could chime in here. Pretty please!

The question is this: How would you define parity in Major League Baseball?

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6 Responses to “A query on equality”


  1. 1 Scot February 1, 2006 at 9:13 am

    I think that true parity would be present if each team, whether in New York or Kansas City, had the resources to legitimately contend every year. In this baseball utopia, the only factors that determine success would be directly linked to baseball.Teams that excel would not do so based on payroll, rather based on the skill of both the baseball minds in the organization (GM, scouts, etc.) and the players on the field.

  2. 2 Steve February 1, 2006 at 9:58 am

    Hey Ben,

    I’m trying to find your email on this site but it’s nowhere to be found! I’m the co-founder of Round 10 Sports (http://www.roundtensports.com) and we’re interested in having you on as a writer.

    Send me an email when you get this and I’ll tell you what we’re all about. Look forward to hearing from you!

  3. 3 jer February 1, 2006 at 1:53 pm

    I think there is a great deal of parity between the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, and maybe the White Sox now. The Mets and the Braves might also be within the same “ballpark” in regards to parity, and you could make a case to throw the Phillies and Cubs in there as well. The rest of the league needs extraordinary management and scouting to keep up (see A’s, Blue Jays, etc.). The thing is, a smartly built team can go all the way (Marlins, White Sox) but at the beginning of each season when you see everybody do their rankings, you can pretty much see how payroll affects how people expect teams to perform.

    It is better then it was, but parity still has a long way to go. The day we ask 20 people about the AL east rankings and get 15 or 16 different answers (with each time being given a chance to claim the top spot), is the day I might declare parity. Until then, the Yankees/Red Sox race to the world series will continue to be entertaining every year.

  4. 4 steve February 1, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    Equal access to financial and material resources.

  5. 5 J February 1, 2006 at 5:42 pm

    How would I define it? A fairytale idea…

    I don’t see ANY major sport having total parity unless there are some major overhauls to the distribution of wealth within that league/sport…

    If all owners had the same stake in their investment, then they wouldn’t really have a problem making sure everybody pulls their weight to ensure they are making as much money as possible.

    At this point, I think you would need to start from scratch to create such a situation. If a league (for a particular sport) was created where all the owners went in together with equal investments and then they divided up the areas of the country where they want their teams to be located. Then they would determine what areas need what resources, for example a team in a major-market area would actually need less resources to generate interest, so they could devote a little more toward the team located in a “less-desirable” area. All owners would want all teams to do well so that they are making as much money as possible.

    Also, if the league were created this way, there would be no talk of “favoritism” for one team over the other. The owners wouldnt care which teams win, because there team wins every single time. The fans would be the ones rooting for their specific team.

    In this system, teams would be allowed to tap into a set level of resources depending on where they are located. They use these resources to the best of their ability for that season, and try to put the best team out there that they can.

    …just a thought on a boring day at work…


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