There has been a lot of talk about the Yanks buying the pennant, which ignores the fact that for eight years they bought the pennant but lost. I have a hard time working up to umbrage, but I do think it’s hard to judge the Yanks a great team because of all the extra money they spent.
Or rather, they may be a great team, but that’s because of all the money that was spent. The good news is that Cashman finally got it kind of right.
Ben Fry has charted the standings for the 30 teams based on their standings throughout the season. I’m not sure you learn anything concrete from this, but it’s a beautiful chart nonetheless. Have fun with the slider up top.