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"Players, and the MLBPA, may be frustrated today, but I’m not sure this is something that can be repaired. The distribution of baseball talent at the MLB level is the very far right edge of a bell curve. Superstars are rare, very good players somewhat less rare, but you don’t get too far from the edge of the curve before you find a large pool of similar players. That’s not something you can fix in collective bargaining; it’s an immutable fact of the talent pool."