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The Orioles biggest hurdle: Being in AL

The Orioles biggest hurdle: Being in AL

Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal are off and running with their new analytics-heavy approach to the Orioles (“What to watch as Orioles head to first winter meetings led by GM Mike Elias,” Dec. 8). Along with Jon Meoli, we all hope the new executives work data-driven magic. At the same time, we should bear in mind some stubborn numbers against which they’ll have to push with the shoulders of Sisyphus.

This past season concluded half a century of post-traditional baseball. It was in 1969 that Major League Baseball launched divisional play, remaking each league’s pennant...

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