Re: It's never going to be perfect
The 1999 Reds were seriously under rated IMO.
Their "Team Defensive Efficiency" (BABIP Against) was a major's best .275. The second best team was a distant .293, a huge gap.
Compare that with 2008, where it was second last at .327. That's a .052 difference, a huge gap.
If you put our 2008 pitchers in front of our 1999 defense, our pitchers might be as good as anyone in the league.
It expalins why guys like Paris, Villone even Neagle had good years. Their DIPS ERA were considerably higher due to very low BABIP's.