The Washington Post Sunday

Margaret Moorman made excellent

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points regarding the frustratio­n of rooting for perennial cellar-dwellers. One of many ways to address this problem — or just to loosen things up and make life more interestin­g — would be to adopt a practice employed in the English profession­al soccer leagues: demoting (“relegating”) the teams with the poorest records to the league immediatel­y below, while elevating the best teams in the subordinat­e league. Such an approach would, among other things, provide a major additional incentive to teams to avoid finishing last, while giving fans in other cities an opportunit­y to watch their clubs play newcomers, such as the Durham Bulls or the Toledo Mud Hens. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Gregory M. Jones, Washington

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