Big League Shuffle

Baseball's boss rearranges old rivalries and makes new enemies

Even if you don't follow baseball closely, you have probably heard Chicago Cub fans (columnist George Will is a particularly lachrymose example) wailing about how their beloved North Side team has not been in the World Series since -- horrors! -- 1945 or actually won one since -- worse horrors! -- 1908. As if to take pity on the star-crossed Cubs, Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent arranged for the club to play an easier schedule starting in 1993, a move prompted by the fact that the National League will grow from 12 to 14 teams next year. Sure, long-overdue geographic reform played...

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