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ESPN baseball columnist/feature writer
Former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus
Co-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work”
Before the 2020 MLB season began, when we wondered whether the World Series champion would get an asterisk for the season being so short/anomalous/weird, I predicted this: The winner would be seen as just as legitimate as in any other year, especially with an extra round of playoffs making the October run that much harder. And the losers — the other 29 teams — would get to put asterisks on their failures. Nobody would hold any losing seasons against them.
That last part didn’t quite turn out to be true. The Angels and Phillies dropped their general managers. The Red Sox (and, oddly, the White Sox) fired their managers. And, of course, on individual levels, players had seasons that got them released, non-tendered or demoted.
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But it should be true. The season really was too short to sort out all the tricks that small samples