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On a competitive balance high

Despite words to the contrary, competitive balance in baseball has never been better than it presently is.

Originally Published: April 29, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

I'm not sure when people -- that is, baseball writers -- first began wailing about "competitive balance." I keep hearing about the 1950s as the "Golden Age," which always strikes me as a bit strange considering that from 1949 through 1958, nine of 10 World Series were won by New York teams (seven for the Yankees, one apiece for the Giants and Dodgers).

The 1960s? Not bad, once the Yankees stopped winning in 1965. While there were still a few perennial non-contenders (the Senators, the Indians, ...

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