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Is quality of competition important?

How players perform with respect to their quality of competition seems to be an effective way of evaluation.

Originally Published: January 9, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

A few days ago I sent the following question to half a dozen men who work with statistics for major league teams, either as consultants or salaried employees.

When you're analyzing player performance, do you consider quality of competition?

My inquiry elicited three responses, two of them from team executives who asked that I not reveal their names. One of the anonymities, who works for a team that's not in immediate danger of winning more than it loses, said that such analysis might ...

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