Sport: Baseball's Misbegotten Season

The year of the asterisk finally reaches the play-off stage

The Cincinnati Reds won more games and lost fewer than any team in the major leagues this season. But all it got them was the homemade pennant pictured above and the feeling that this has been anything but a banner year for baseball. As the play-offs got under way last week, the Reds (record: 66-42) were at home watching the likes of the Kansas City Royals (record: 50-53) play on national television. "I'm disappointed," said Reds President Dick Wagner, "that baseball put marketing and...

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