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Old 09-13-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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league championship goes to the highest bidder, especially if New York is the highest bidder.
From 1998-2013, the Yankees have had the highest payroll every year, except one (1998 - the 114 win season).

In 1999 and 2000, the difference between Yankee payroll and the next closest team was under 10% (Dodgers were 4M less in 2000. Rangers were 8M less in 1999). That is pretty much the premium the Yankees pay. Consider they have to pay players extra for paying NYC taxes. Anyway, from 2000 until recently, the gap between Yankee payroll and the rest of the league was huge. What happened between 2001 until now?

The Yankees won 1 championship. 1. That's a monopoly? The Giants, Red Sox and Cardinals have each won more WS than the "monopoly of the Yankees." The Yankees were your "highest bidder" each year and have 1 WS to show for it and 2 trips to series.

Look at this year. Teams that likely will secure a playoff berth are:
- Boston (4th in payroll)
- Detroit (5th)
- Oakland (26th)
- Atlanta (18th)
- Pittsburgh (27th)
- St. Louis (11th)
- LA Dodgers (2nd)

And teams right in the WC chase:
- Baltimore (15th)
- Tampa Bay (28th)
- Cleveland (21st)
- Kansas City (22nd)
- Yankees (1st)

You don't have a shot to win it if you don't make the playoffs. And when I look at that spread of teams... I don't see a "monopoly on the league championship." And certainly not by the team with the highest payroll since 1999.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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MLB.com Gameday | indians.com: Gameday

WC tightens. I don't see much about them in the media, but Cleveland is 1 game out of the WC with today's win.

For tonight I say, "Go Twins"!
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Texas is Toast.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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Now that the Giants have been eliminated and the games no longer mean anything, Hunter Pence has decided it is time to burst out. In September he is hitting .407/.476/.870 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The Yankees are 3 GB in the WC. But the two WC leaders now play each other assuring that at least one of them will lost at least two of the next three, while the Yankees lap up the hapless Bluejays, against whom they are so far 13-3 on the season. Two out of three by the Yankees will assure that they gain on either TB or Texas. A sweep by the Yankees will assure that they either catch one WC leader, or gain on both of them. Way too early to count them out.

The last three games of the season, none of the WC contenders play each other, so theoretically all three can sweep while the Yankees are sweeping Houston, and the Yankees will not be assured of gaining on anyone with each win..

Nevertheless, the Baseball Prospectus simulations are showing the Yankees with only a 7% chance of making the wildcard, even before the Sunday loss.
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/pro..._mlb_standings

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Old 09-17-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Nick Punto slides head-first to 1B....on a clean single to CF.

Nick Punto has his most Nick Punto moment - SBNation.com
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I was channel surfing. Chris Davis homered tie the Red Sox, and in the same minute, by the clock, Rajai Davis homered to go up 2-0 on the Yankees. I wonder now many times two players with the same last name homered in the same minute.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:36 PM
 
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On August 4th the Texas Rangers were 62-50 (.554). That was the last day which Nelson Cruz played for them before being suspended. Since then the team has been 21-20 (.512).

Oddly, the Rangers lost 20 out of their last forty one games while outscoring the opposition by 46 runs.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Rays tied MLB record using 11 pitchers in 18-inning win. Potential record-breaking 12th pitcher was warming up when the winning run scored.

T J McFarland of the Orioles started warming up in the first inning, and came in in the 14th, which could be the record for the longest warmup interval in the bullpen.

The Cardinals used ten pitchers the previous day.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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So, now the abject stupidity and unfairness of the Wild Card is in perfect focus. The Reds and Pirates have 9 games remaining, 6 of them against each other. The winner of the 6th of those games advances in the playoffs, regardless of who wins any or all of the other five.

If the Reds sweep the next five against the Pirates, or if the Pirates sweep the next five against the Reds, no matter which, the winner of game 6 still advances. The other five are just Grapefruit League exhibition games that will not count for anything. (excluding the possibility that one of those 5-game sweeps could put the loser into the "tie breaker without a tie" against St. Louis.) Five games against each other, with nothing at stake except home field for winner-take-all game 6.

They are doing everything humanly possible to destroy competitive fairness of major league baseball, for the sake of a few more dollars of TV advertising revenue, since the gullible spectators cannot figure this idiocy out through the smokescreen.

How about a World Series, now, in which the teams play 7 games, and the results of the first 6 don't count, even if one team sweeps all 6, the championship goes to the winner on day 7. The competitors are considered even after the first six games, regardless of the results of those games.
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