Oakland and St. Louis I've done a good job staying competitive without tanking as well. I have zero respect for the Cubs or Astros. It's pathetic that their loser strategy was rewarded. That's not to say they didn't have great scouting, innovative technology, and didn't make the right moves at the right time. They certainly did. But losing 100 games per year on purpose to build a contender and then wiping the floor with teams who built properly is a slap in the face. Yes, I am bitter.