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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Passan: Inside a final week like MLB has never seen before

What happens if there’s a tie?

Are you sure you want to do this?

Should I not be?

Take a deep breath. This is gonna get a little messy.

Let’s start with the tiebreakers. Unlike years past, there will be no Game 163 (or Game 61). If there is a tie within a division—Marlins and Phillies for second in the East, any of the three Central teams for second in the division or a wild-card spot—the first tiebreaker is head-to-head record. If teams from different divisions are tied, the team with the better record against its own division gets the nod.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 22, 2020 at 09:01 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 22, 2020 at 04:02 PM (#5978071)
Why reward the team that beat up on its crappy division? Wouldn't it make more sense to reward the team w/ the better record against the OTHER team's division?
I am assuming the schedule is unbalanced (teams play in-division rivals more times than other teams).
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: September 22, 2020 at 04:12 PM (#5978075)
Why reward the team that beat up on its crappy division?

The only alternative is rewarding teams based on how they did against teams in the other league.
   3. flournoy Posted: September 22, 2020 at 04:58 PM (#5978089)
Teams also have the option of finishing first or second in their divisions, and not having to rely on them trying to figure out who the best third and fourth place teams are.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2020 at 05:15 PM (#5978093)
What Soto has done this year, though, is above and beyond. He didn't play until Aug. 5 because of what wound up, Soto believes, to be a false positive for COVID-19. Since then, he has done things unlike any 21-year-old in the past 148 years. Back in 1871, a 21-year-old rookie named Levi Meyerle joined the Philadelphia Athletics of the National Association. Over 132 plate appearances, he hit .492/.500/.700 with four home runs, 40 RBIs, two walks and one strikeout.

Since then, no 21-year-old has had an average as high as .348, an on-base percentage as high as .477 and a slugging percentage as high as .674. That's what Soto is doing this year, and the closest was Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx, who hit .354/.463/.625. Soto is taking what he did as a 19-year-old rookie, which was historic, and what he did as a 20-year-old, which was likewise, and upping the ante. He is the best hitter in baseball. And it's a bummer he won't be playing in October.
Also a bummer that Soto didn’t get a full season to move up even higher on the Age-21 Leaderboard.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: September 22, 2020 at 07:14 PM (#5978120)
I'll bet this final week unlike anything we've seen is not nearly as memorable as the final week of the 2011 campaign.
   6. Buck Coats Posted: September 22, 2020 at 07:56 PM (#5978124)
Or 1993.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 22, 2020 at 08:41 PM (#5978128)
I'll bet this final week unlike anything we've seen is not nearly as memorable as the final week of the 2011 campaign.

It's over. It's always been over.

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