The rankings are up.
I looked at the last completed season only - I may look at the latest 3 seasons eventually--giving more weight to the last season
The following factors were looked at.
1. Parity - Leagues were asigned a score based on the best and worst teams.For example, a league with 5 100+ win teams and 5 100+ loss teams, wouldnt fare well in my ranking system. The worse the bottom teams are, and the more dominant the top teams are, the more it affects the rankings.
2. Fielding - Good owners dont play fielders out of position. I ranked worlds based on +/- fielding stats.
3. Pitching - The best worlds generally have reasonable eras. Most worlds are bunched very closely in average era. The best worlds will gain a ranking advantage by having the lowest overall ERAs and the worlds with horrid eras are penalized.