Just How Tough Was It? (How Competitive is Major League Baseball?)

When I was a lad my uncle and I were watching a hockey game and he said to me, “You
know, they’re not very good, but they sure are competitive!” He was speaking about the
New York Rangers in the early 1960’s, but this isn’t about the Rangers or, for that matter,
about hockey. It’s not even about good or bad, not really. It’s about competitiveness.

It’s possible to be competitive without being as good as your opponent, right? It’s even
possible to be competitive with an opponent that is clearly better than you are. But there
does come a point where your ability to compete approaches zero.

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