Sunday, February 1, 2009

What if?

One of the biggest "what if" in baseball is: What would've happened if the strike never occured in 1994?

It was the first year of the 3 divisions by league, of the wild card, 4 teams by league would have the chance to make the playoffs instead of 2 for the first time.... everything was looking great!

The Yankees were back on top of the American League with a solid 70-43 (6.5 games in front of the Orioles) and the Bombers were eyeing the post season and probably another shot at the World Series. In the Central, it was a three team race between the first place White Sox, followed closely by the Indians and Royals. The second and 3rd place were in a tight race against Baltimore for the wild card spot. In the West, the lockout saved wight might have been the worst Pennant Race in baseball history. All 4 teams were within 5.5 games, which can sound exciting, if we do not consider the fact that the first place Texas Rangers were a big 10 games below the .500 mark.

Which brings us to the National League. The cream of the League was in the East with the Expos dominating with a Major League best 74-40, 6 games on top of the Braves. In the Central, the Reds were in front of the Astros by 0.5. The Astros were 2.5 games back of the Braves in the wild card race. In the West, the first place Dodgers were playing barely over .500 (58-56) their closest competition for the division coming from the Giants at 3.5 games. None of those teams looked like having a shot at the Astros or Braves for the wild card should they lose the divison race to the other.

Everything was looking perfect, especially here in Montreal with Nos Amours looking unbeatable..... nothing could stop them.... at least that is what we thought....

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