Friday, September 23, 2005

Has baseball "balance" arrived?

He dragged his feet on the steroid issue, wrestled with the players union during a couple of ugly labor disputes and helped deadlock an All-Star Game, but give baseball commissioner Bud Selig credit for this:

The pennant races have gotten progressively better during his tenure.

We're three weeks deep into September, the NFL is in its third week and college football is well underway yet more people in more cities are thinking about baseball.

Sure, the Yankees boast a $200 million payroll and the Braves are once again leading their division (yawn) but the Red Sox are right on the Yanks' heels, the Indians are on the verge of completing one of the most remarkable rallies in baseball history as they chase the White Sox and the Astros, Phillies, Marlins, A's and Padres are all eyeing the postseason heading into the season's final week.

This is good stuff. Perhaps competitive balance has arrived. If so, Selig must be given the bulk of the credit. Albeit reluctantly.

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