The Daily DeX 09/26/2019: Youth Sports Has Become A Rich Kid’s Game

"Elite capture of youth sports didn’t occur in a vacuum. It's just one of countless effects of a 40-year retreat from broad-based social and economic conditions and policies that kept extreme income and wealth inequalities in check."

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Project LinX: Machado And Harper Buck A Baseball Trend

Last year's free agent market was sluggish, albeit less so than this year. The problem this year is that a kind of "soft collusion" among front offices doesn't stand a chance against market forces that will produce the two biggest contracts in the history of major league baseball.

Billy Wagner Belongs In Baseball’s Hall Of Fame (And So Does Mike Mussina)

"The 90s were a crucible for pitchers. Newer ballparks were smaller and had stingier foul territories. The strike zone was the size of a license plate. Two rounds of expansion drafts diluted talent. More power hitting followed, as well as more 300 strikeout seasons by elite pitchers. The “Colorado Effect” made a superstar of Larry Walker but was harsh on pitchers who had to survive at high altitude. Baseballs were allegedly juiced. And so were the hitters—allegedly."