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Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs
Pirates Eliminated from Playoffs
Christopher Cushna | 10/10/13 | 10:40 AM EDT 0 Comments
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First playoff appearance in 21 years ends with loss to the Cardinals.

The St. Louis Cardinals won their National League divisional series with the Pirates 3-2. For the Pirates, it was their first playoff appearance in 21 years. Some people think that's the problem with major-league baseball.  The closer look shows that it's really the problem with teams like the Pirates.

A common misconception in baseball is that the same teams win every year. A closer look shows that there is opportunity for every team. 10 teams make the playoffs every year. This year, five of the teams that made it were not in the playoffs last year. That means in the last two years, 15 teams, half of all of baseball, have been in the playoffs.

Since 2000, 14 different teams have been in the World Series. If the Athletics or Dodgers make it this year, they would be the 15th different team. In that same time period, only two teams have failed to make the playoffs, the Blue Jays and the Royals.

The Blue Jays have a legitimate complaint with the current system. They are stuck in a division with the Red Sox and the Yankees. Up until last year, third-place finishes did not make the playoffs. This year the Reds became the first team to finish third in their division and make the playoffs.

The Royals do not have the same excuse. They have not been in the playoffs since 1985. Their 28 year drought is seven years longer than Pittsburgh's drought was. At some point, you have to admit it's not a problem with major-league baseball. It's a problem with teams like the Pirates and the Royals.

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