Re: Gap Between AAA & ML levels?
Marty has been very vocal in his belief that because of expansion the level of play in the major leagues has seriously degraded since he was a younger man. Does he believe somehow that the level of play in AAA has ....degraded faster than the level of play in mlb?
I find it very tough to come up with a line of reasoning why it would be so. I can think of several reasons why it would not be so.
First of all, if you are a marginal player the financial incentive to stay in baseball is enormous. A little bit of service time and you've accumulated a nice pension. A little bit of service time and a few lucky breaks and you are set for life. A few lucky breaks and a manager that likes you and you and your children are set for life.
Second of all, if you think of talent and the normal distribution, the freaks that can play major league baseball live out on the tail. Move just a bit out of the tail, and there is an much large population to draw from. No matter where you draw the demarcation point between major league and minor league baseball this is true. If AAA baseball is just a bit easier to play than major league baseball, there would be tons of people able to play it well. I don't see that.
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