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Olden postseason systems

The Wild Card, while it may or may not have been good for the game, has made many pennant races less interesting. In this diary, we take a look at the standings at the end of September 9, and see what they would have meant under past systems.

Pre-1969:

AL:

Team

W

L

GB

New York

87

53

0

Tampa Bay

84

55

Minnesota

83

57

4

Boston

78

62

9

Texas

77

63

10

Chicago

77

63

10

Toronto

72

68

15

Detroit

71

70

16½

Oakland

69

70

17½

Los Angeles

67

73

20

Kansas City

57

82

29½

Cleveland

57

83

30

Seattle

55

85

32

Baltimore

53

87

34

NL: 

Team

W

L

GB

Philadelphia

81

60

0

San Diego

79

60

1

Atlanta

80

61

1

Cincinnati

79

61

San Francisco

79

62

2

Colorado

76

64

St. Louis

73

65

Florida

70

69

10

New York

69

71

11½

Los Angeles

69

72

12

Houston

67

73

13½

Milwaukee

65

74

15

Washington

60

80

20½

Chicago

60

80

20½

Arizona

57

83

23½

Pittsburgh

47

92

33

1969-1993:

AL East:

Team

W

L

GB

New York

87

53

0

Tampa Bay

84

55

Boston

78

62

9

Toronto

72

68

15

Detroit

71

70

16½

Cleveland

57

83

30

Baltimore

53

87

34

AL West:

Team

W

L

GB

Minnesota

83

57

0

Texas

77

63

6

Chicago

77

63

6

Oakland

69

70

13½

Los Angeles

67

73

16

Kansas City

57

82

25½

Seattle

55

85

28

NL East:

Team

W

L

GB

Philadelphia

81

60

0

St. Louis

73

65

Florida

70

69

10

New York

69

71

11½

Milwaukee

65

74

15

Washington

60

80

20½

Chicago

60

80

20½

Pittsburgh

47

92

33

NL West:

Team

W

L

GB

San Diego

79

60

0

Atlanta

80

61

0

Cincinnati

79

61

½

San Francisco

79

62

1

Colorado

76

64

Los Angeles

69

72

11

Houston

67

73

12½

Arizona

57

83

22½

 

The AL would be quite competitive, with the Rays just behind the Yankees and the Twins with an outside shot. The NL, on the other hand, would be having quite possibly the greatest pennant race ever, with five teams within two games and Colorado not far behind. The NL West would have four teams within one game.

2010 has been a great year for baseball.

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