This article was published in the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal.
I am writing these words in Florida, where I am making my annual pilgrimage to spring training, renewing my spirit after a long winter. By the time you read this, the 2013 baseball season will have begun, but at this moment I get to contemplate it as a mere philosophical concept. A new pope has recently been selected for the Catholic Church and it’s hard to resist making a baseball analogy. Major League Baseball as an institution is something like the Church. Although the institution itself is made up of . . .
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