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Morning Mound Visit: Expansion might be a long ways off

The diminishing returns of tanking; Uncertainty surrounding the 2021 season; Expansion might not be close

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Ben Clemens | FanGraphs: You know how the saying goes: All good things are subject to diminishing returns. Tanking isn’t necessarily a good thing for the fan experience, but it has been an effective strategy in eventually building a winner. Profit-focused ownership groups are mostly at fault for the ubiquity of tanking, but the competitive structure of baseball is partially to blame as well, so it’s no wonder teams keep tanking despite those diminishing returns.

Marc Normandin | Baseball Prospectus $: There’s still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the 2021 season. We still don’t know for sure whether there will be a DH in the NL or if the playoffs will be expanded or how long the season will be. Each of these points is a bargaining chip, so we might not find out any time soon.

Jayson Stark | The Athletic $: Dave Dombrowski was supposed to be busy helping investors bring a major league team to Nashville, but expansion might be a long ways off. John Middleton reportedly told Dombrowski, “Dave, I don’t think expansion is going to happen for a long time.”