The MLB is a different league in 2013 than it was a decade ago. It is truly anybody’s for the taking. The AL East is no longer just a battle between the Yankees and Red Sox. Now the Orioles are a contender and the rest of the division has been quite competitive. The AL Central remains a mystery, even though the Tigers are favored just about every year. The AL West has a new team, but the Rangers, Angels, and Athletics are going to compete.
Over in the NL, the Braves continue to dominate in the East and the Nationals are going to make a run with just how talented they truly are. The Cardinals are competing with the Pirates, Brewers, and Reds in the Central (but the Cubs are still local favorites). The NL West might just be the best division in baseball, with the returning World Series champions fighting off the Rockies, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers. Of course, this is baseball so any team’s tickets could be tickets to see the unlikeliest of contenders in a couple months.
Major League Baseball was one of the first professional sports leagues in the world. Officially the league recognizes 1869 as its starting date. Though, the first real recognizable league game came in 1876 when Cubs and Braves took the field as part of the National League. Yes, the official first league was the NL. The American League did not become part of the MLB until the beginning of the 20th century, after the two leagues had already organized the World Series and the NL became sick of the AL stealing its players.
Really, these dual leagues, or there interaction, has defined the MLB. They play each in the World Series, in the All Star game, and, now, in interleague play. In this regard the American League has a 62-46 edge over the National League in the WS, the National League has a 43-38 in the All Star Game, and the AL has indeed dominated since the beginning of Interleague Play.
Without a doubt, the most successful MLB team has been the New York Yankees, who have been to more than twice as many World Series as the next team and has won 27 of those series. The next most successful club has been the St. Louis Cardinals, who have won 11. In the modern age, it has not been the Yankees, but the Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals who have been the most dominant.
Really, this is a new era in Major League Baseball. The league used to be defined by dynasties and Golden Ages, but now parity seems to have asserted itself. Even though the Giants, Red Sox, and Cards have been dominant, no team has won more than two championships in the 21st century. This means MLB tickets are really a worthy purchase as it seems any team has a chance to win its franchise’s first championship or end a curse.