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"Losing that many games is a choice, to some extent. Teams can know in December that they don't have the talent to compete for a division title or a playoff berth over six months, and it affects their decisions. Slow this prospect down. Trade away this good-but-not-great veteran. Be careful with the use of young pitchers, valuing their future innings over their present ones. In a 60-game season, though, every team can compete. Every single one. Every front office can take a 'why not us?' attitude. A 60-game season is tanking-proof."