Category Archives: Competitive Balance

THT: How Much Hope and Faith Is in Major League Baseball?

My chapter in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017 was published online today, covering competitive balance throughout baseball’s history. The analysis is built off a new metric—the “Hope and Faith Index” (HFI)—that simply but effectively provides a window into how competitive baseball is at any point in time. The piece is up for a 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for Historical Analysis/Commentary.

I also chatted about the piece earlier this month on The Ringer’s MLB Show; the episode can be found here.