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Payroll and Wins in Major League Baseball

One of the stories we tell in The Wages of Wins is – contrary to conventional wisdom – teams cannot simply buy a championship in Major League Baseball (or any other North American sport, either). Although there is a statistically significant relationship between pay and wins, the economic significance – …

Does Baseball Need a Minimum Payroll?

While I need constant reminding of birthdays and anniversaries, for some reason I can recite Carl Yastrzemski career statistics at the drop of a hat. I can also remember, like it was yesterday, the great teams from mychildhood.  I certainly remember the great New York Yankees teams of the mid …

Really, that was just a Joke

On Saturday I posted a comment about the Detroit Tigers arguing that the team I have followed since a child needs to lose a bit more.  My argument, made in jest, was that the team with the best regular season record in baseball has only won the World Series once …

Are the Tigers Winning Too Much?

I was born in Detroit and although my family left when I was eleven, I have remained a Tigers fan all my life.  From 1978 to 1993 the Tigers finished with a winning record twelve times. So much of my early memories, including of course the magical 1984 season, are …

Mr. Clutch?

Much to my dismay, a seventh inning 3-run homer by Alex Rodriguez put the final touches on the sixth edition of the Red Sox–Yankees Tuesday night.  Given the beating he has been taking in the New York tabloids for failing to produce when it matters most, Rodriguez must have felt …

Thinking about competitive balance

Over the last five years, five different teams have won Major League Baseball’s October Classic.  None of these teams were the New York Yankees.  The Yankees did play in the World Series in two of these years.  The remaining eight slots, however, where filled with eight different teams.   All in all, sounds pretty …