The Shorter Baseball Season Favors Teams with Collegial Clubhouses

New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier (77) bats against relief pitcher Zack Britton (53) during summer-camp workouts at Yankee Stadium, July 14, 2020. Mandatory Credit: (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
MLB teams need time to sort through differences and personal friction. In 2020, the time for resolving conflicts will be extremely brief.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he opening of the baseball season has fans excited about seeing our national pastime again. For some teams, though, the truncated 60-game season will be a challenge. Everyone knows about bitter inter-team rivalries, such as that between the Red Sox and the Yankees, or the Cardinals and the Cubs. But a more important dynamic is the cohesion within teams. Teams need to gel to win — and resolving discord takes time.

Perhaps the most famous rival-laden team was the late 1970s New York Yankees. Yankees reliever Sparky Lyle called his memoir about the team “The Bronx Zoo.” They had talent galore,


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