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The standings on August 12, 1994:
W L W-L% Games back
Chicago White Sox 67 46 .593 --
Cleveland Indians 66 47 .584 1
Kansas City Royals 64 51 .557 4
Minnesota Twins 53 60 .469 14
Milwaukee Brewers 53 62 .461 15
That's a karaoke party in Pompeii, an unchanging celebration buried under layers of ash and dust. Those will always be the standings for the 1994 season. There will never be closure to what looked like the best race in baseball. There were three teams contending, and all of them had gone through or would soon embark on worlds of pain. Fans of one of those teams could/should have been able to point back at '94 as the reason they follow sports, as a memory of why they plan on getting so worked up about 162 games every year for the next 20 or 30 years.
They were all hosed.
There were 48-50 games to go. Odds are one of the West teams would have stumbled up to the .470-.510 range.
A Yankees-Expos WS would have been a huge deal at the time.
I know a lot people think of the Expos getting to the playoffs and perhaps saving baseball in Montreal, similar to what the Mariners did in '95. At the time though it was disheartening to see Don Mattingly and the Yankees (who hadn't been to the playoffs since '81) get cheated out of the postseason. I was a big Jimmy Key fan and I remember some stat guy who came up with a computer program with what "would" have happened had the postseason played itself out was featured on 20/20 or some news show. He had Cincinnati beating New York in the WS and Jimmy Key taking the game 1 loss. I just didnt see Cincy coming out of the NL and certainly didnt agree with Key losing
There were 48-50 games to go. Odds are one of the West teams would have stumbled up to the .470-.510 range. The 1973 Mets or 2006 Cardinals, or a little worse. While not ideal, baseball would have survived it. Anyway, four teams is too few for a division, and that part is fixed now.
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