They had the two highest payrolls entering the season, they accumulated the most victories in their respective leagues throughout the season, and they were heavily favored to win yet another postseason title just two and three years removed from their previous championships, respectively. Yet despite all the money, time, and effort invested in the 2011 season, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies were sent packing before the second round of the playoffs.
Cue the sirens in Bud Selig’s office.
Whether it’s an “East-coast bias” or something else entirely, it is clear that the MLB spotlight shines brightest in the Northeastern United States. From the yearly off-season arms (and bats) race between the affluent Yankees and Boston Red Sox to the four-headed pitching monster residing in Philadelphia, the East is truly a beast to be reckoned with. And the sports media often dares reckon (perhaps too much so).
Original Author: Dan Froats