Comments on: No such thing as a lock http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: nesnhab http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-160133 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 00:56:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-160133 I'll keep saying this until I'm blue in the face, but you can have great pennant races without Wild Cards, or even without divisions. The 1960's had some of the best pennant races ever, involving two, three, four teams going down to the final day. Those four team races were almost unprecedented.

You can also have horrible stretches when nobody comes within a mile of the leader and makes people imaging how great things will be with divisions and wild cards.

Dissatisfaction with the existing format inevitably sets in--no matter what happens. Since it is fact that it does, why not move back toward the traditional way?

I'm referring to the fans, obviously. The people who run the game will tend to gravitate toward more play offs and more TV money, and to deprecate the regular season. It's up to us to follow them--or not.

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By: Jimbo http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159975 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:48:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159975 Pujols still has his 30 homer streak going, for what it's worth.

He also has .299 and 99 rbi and 99 runs scored or better in every year of his career through 11 years. Amazing.

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By: MichaelPat http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159944 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:51:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159944 Ouch. Tough crowd.
But I'm all for political correctness. A 2011 version might be...

...a car wreck, a waterboarding, or an aneurism, an arbitrary punishment from an unseen god....

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By: Doug B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159920 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:14:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159920 rape as an arbitrary punishment from an unseen god? ouch. I thought by 1987 we'd advanced farther than 1887.

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By: MichaelPat http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159914 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:09:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159914 “What happened? It happened, that's all. It happened like a car wreck or a rape or an aneurism in the brain, an arbitrary punishment selected by an unseen god for an unknown reason, a punishment that could have happened to John or Joe or George Bush or the St. Louis Cardinals just as well, but which sought out the Toronto Blue and sat upon their shoulders with wings of iron....”
- Bill James 1988 Abstract on the Toronto Blue Jays collapse in 1987, when they were up 3.5 games with seven to play

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By: Doug B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159900 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:46:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159900 Andy, but they can find a decent first baseman or just play Mat Gamel there. Third base is tough to fill and McGehee-Youk is probably both more expensive and worse than Youk-Gamel, that's all I'm saying.

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By: Paul E http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159887 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:33:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159887 Bud Selig doesn't deserve a night as great as last night

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159886 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:32:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159886 I presume they'll be needing a first baseman in a few weeks, though..

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By: Doug B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159883 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:30:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159883 Andy, the Brewers would rather have him at 3rd base.

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By: Doug B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15410/comment-page-1#comment-159882 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:29:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=15410#comment-159882 as a Brewer fan I'm a little bummed out that the revenge of 1965 won't happen. An Atlanta-Milwaukee series would have been interesting from that perspective.

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