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Updated: August 29, 2003, 3:43 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Yesterday I questioned the integrity of a race in which the best team had a .530 winning percentage, referring to the National League Wildcard clusterfrolic currently in progress. That brought this response:

    Jim: I don't understand why everyone is harping on the fact that none of these teams is going to get 90 wins. I think much of that is due to the fact that they are playing each other. While none of these teams are on the same level with the Braves or the Yankees, they are still solid teams. Don't we want all these teams to have similar records? Don't we want all these teams striving just to get to .580? This would reflect parity, which is what the league should be striving for. This has been and will be an exciting August and September, due, much in part, to the tight race between these teams.

    I only wish the best team in the league was only winning .580 of their games. That would be a truly exciting season.
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