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Boras: MLB system led to Braves’ World Series win

Veteran baseball agent Scott Boras has criticized the MLB system which he said led to the Atlanta Braves winning the 2021 World Series championship.

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Veteran baseball agent Scott Boras has criticized the MLB system which he said led to the Atlanta Braves winning the 2021 World Series.
Stephen Pianovich

Scott Boras, influential veteran agent to Major League Baseball players claims that the MLB system allows teams to purposefully tank in order to improve their future draft standing. He said this has led to the Atlanta Braves winning the 2021 World Series.

'Competitive cancer'

Boras said that baseball is suffering from a “competitive cancer”, where teams get rid of veteran players so as to acquire draft picks. He said because of this phenomenon, the Braves were able to pick up veteran players for a low price and eventually clinch the World Series pennant.

He said the rules allowed the Braves to be a sub-.500 team on Aug. 1 and then move on to becoming world champions by acquiring players from teams that no longer wanted to compete for the title without spending a lot. He said many teams give up in the middle of a season and practically hand the championship to another team.

Atlanta's mid-season trades

The Braves made several trades in the middle of the year which helped them land the NL East title and end up with a much-improved record of 88-76. This sent them sailing past the Milwaukee Brewers (who had 95 wins) in the NL division series, the Los Angeles Dodgers (with 106 wins) in the NLCS, and ultimately, the Houston Astros (with 95 wins) in the World Series.

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Boras claims the integrity of the 2021 season was affected and the integrity of the divisional contests was not respected, inevitably changing the meaning of winning the world championship.

The agent said the defective system in baseball causes teams to lose on purpose for the promise of getting top draft picks in the future. He said he doesn’t blame teams, including the Braves, for capitalizing on this system, because this could end up winning them World Series titles.

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