A New “pennantracebaseball.com”

October 18th, 2014

Yes!!

We’ve “Updated” our ideas about what “Pennant Race Baseball” means to US;  thus broadening our horizons and expanded the universe of topics we will be discussing here.

While I was growing up, and through most of my adult life, professional baseball WAS season-long Pennant Races that WERE the best possible baseball ever.  And if you can believe it (and you can, because it’s true), the Grand Finale, was EVEN BETTER—The World Series.  When MLB expanded to 24 teams in 1969,  baseball fans  had FOUR excellent professional baseball Pennant Races each Regular Season.  MLB’s excellent Post-Season was tripled.  The LCSs, gave fans not 1, but 3 Post-Season Series.  As a matter of fact,  professional baseball’s season-long “Series” format and Pennant Races were a unique quality in all of Professional Sport. We believe these qualities were major contributing factors in Baseball being the best Sport in America—”The National Pastime”.

Sadly, with MLB going to 2nd place finishers making the Post-Season in 1994, the league and its fans lost true Pennant Race Baseball, and it yearly re-creation of  ”The Best Baseball Ever”. While “The Wild Card” was indeed “New”, it was certainly not possible for MLB to “Improve” on “The Best Possible Baseball Ever”.  (True Pennants are claimed by Pennant winners, only after Regular Seasons end.  With this in mind, it is our belief, that the “advertised” claim that Pennants are awarded after LCSs, is an illogical assertion indeed!)

With MLB and other influential groups, organizations, and institutions, apparently seeking to put  the word “Best” on Life’s B -List, we at pennantracebaseball.com feel a growing sense of personal duty to write about the things we experience as “The Best” in all aspects of  Life.  In so doing, we hope to be a leader in bringing to the forefront, “The Best” that Life has to offer all of US.

 

Folks! I Don’t Think This is “Kansas” Anymore!!

May 10th, 2014

The group “Kansas” in “Carry On My Wayward Son” mused that wisdom is NOT knowing.  This “unwise” philosophizing is a  combination of: (1) “1984′s”, “Ignorance is Strength” and; (2)  ”The Wizard of Oz”‘s, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”.  Since wisdom IS knowledge, and a Just Republic needs a wise citizenry, I would ask you to look to Pennantracebaseball.com, as we work to reveal what is happening behind ALL of our Nation’s public “curtains”.  Here is a first thought I would ask you to consider.

Why would any wise major league baseball executive, player, or fan do anything to weaken MLB’s best product and game:  Season long Pennant Races and a World Series that is worthy of its name?  This is what we have always thought MLB teams were formed, and their players born, to compete for.  It is only this highly competitive playing field that contributes to their giving to US (a quaint notion?)—their “personal” best effort.  Which wise sports fan would accept less—we ask?

We’re Baack!!!

February 4th, 2013

KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE FOR EXCITING PENNANT RACE BASEBALL NEWS!!!

CLIFF

Pennant Race Gazette–September 29, 2011 (Final Edition)

October 3rd, 2011

2011  PRL FINAL STANDING

American League

AL East                                   W       L          GB

  1. Detroit                       55     36        —
  2. New York                  63    48           2
  3. Boston                        60    53           6
  4. Tampa Bay                58    52           6  1/2
  5. Cleveland                  45    44           9
  6. Toronto                      54   56         10  1/2
  7. Kansas City               42    52         14  1/2
  8. Baltimore                   50   67         18

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Texas                           60      38        —
  2. Los Angeles              51       46           8  1/2
  3. Chicago                       37     42         13  1/2
  4. Oakland                       46     52         14
  5. Minnesota                  32     43         16  1/2
  6. Seattle                         37     59         22

Yesterday’s Result

  • BAL        4        BOS        3                    (East)
  • DET         5       CLE        4                     (East)
  • TB            8       NYY      7 (12)           (East)
  • TEX         3       LAA       1                    (West)
  • OAK        2       SEA        0                   (West)
  • TOR         3       CHW      2               (Not Tier)
  • MIN         1      KC           0               (Not Tier)

NL East                                   W        L         GB

  1. Philadelphia            75      41       —
  2. Atlanta                       58      55       15  1/2
  3. Florida                       56      58       18
  4. Cincinnati                 43      45       18
  5. Washington              58      59       18
  6. Pittsburgh                 44      47       19
  7. New York                  54       64       22
  8. Houston                     30      60       32

NL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Milwaukee                54       36        —
  2. Arizona                      68       50        —
  3. St. Louis                     50      41            4  1/2
  4. San Francisco          61       55           6
  5. Los Angeles              58      57            8  1/2
  6. Chicago                      40      47          12  1/2
  7. Colorado                   53       66          15  1/2
  8. San Diego                  46       70          21

Yesterday’s Results

  • NYM        3        CIN        0                     (East)
  • COL          6        SF            3                    (West)
  • WAS         3        FLA        1                     (East)
  • PHI           4       ATL         3                    (East)
  • MIL          7       PIT          3                (2nd Tier)
  • SD              9       CHC         2                    (West)
  • LAD           7      ARI          5                   (West)
  • STL            8       HOU        0               (Not Tier)

Pennant Race Gazette–September 28, 2011

September 28th, 2011

American League

AL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Detroit                      54       36        —
  2. New York                63       47           1
  3. Boston                      60       52           5
  4. Tampa Bay              57       52           6  1/2
  5. Cleveland                45        43           8
  6. Toronto                   54        56         10
  7. Kansas City            42        51          13  1/2
  8. Baltimore                49       67          18

AL West                                  W        L          GB

  1. Texas                         59       38        —
  2. Los Angeles            51        45          7  1/2
  3. Chicago                    37        42        13
  4. Oakland                    45        52        14
  5. Minnesota               32        43        16
  6. Seattle                       37        58       21

Yesterday’s Result

  • BOS        8        BAL        7                 (East)
  • DET        9        CLE        6                  (East)
  • TB           5        NYY      3                  (East)
  • TEX      10       LAA       3                   (East)
  • OAK       7       SEA        0                   (East)
  • MIN       7       KC           4               (Not Tier)
  • CHW       2      TOR         1               (Not Tier)

National League

NL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Philadelphia           74      41         —
  2. Atlanta                     58       54         14  1/2
  3. Florida                      56      57         17
  4. Cincinnati                43      44          17
  5. Washington             57      59         17  1/2
  6. Pittsburgh                44      47         18
  7. New York                  53      64         22
  8. Houston                     30     60         31  1/2

NL West                                  W        L          GB

  1. Arizona                     68       49        —
  2. Milwaukee               53       36           1
  3. St. Louis                   50       41            5
  4. San Francisco        61        54           6
  5. Los Angeles            57       57           9  1/2
  6. Chicago                    40       46         12  1/2
  7. Colorado                  52       66         16  1/2
  8. San Diego                 45       70        22

Yesterday’s Results

  • CIN        5        NYM        4 (13)          (East)
  • PHI        7       ATL           1                    (East)
  • FLA       3        WAS          2                   (East)
  • MIL       6        PIT            4              (2nd Tier)
  • ARI        7       LAD          6 (10)         (West)
  • CHC       6        SD             2                   (West)
  • SF           7       COL          0                   (West)
  • STL       13      HOU         6               (Not Tier)

Pennant Race Gazette–September 27, 2011

September 27th, 2011

American League

AL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Detroit                      53       36         —
  2. New York                63       46         —
  3. Boston                      59       52            5
  4. Tampa Bay              56       52            6  1/2
  5. Cleveland                45       42            7
  6. Toronto                    54      56             9
  7. Kansas City             42      51           13
  8. Baltimore                 49      66          17

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Texas                           58      38         —
  2. Los Angeles              51       44           6  1/2
  3. Chicago                       37      42         12  1/2
  4. Oakland                       44      52         14
  5. Minnesota                  32      43         15  1/2
  6. Seattle                          37     57         20

Yesterday’s Results

  • BAL        6        BOS        3                   (East)
  • DET      14        CLE        0                   (East)
  • TB           5         NYY      2                   (East)
  • TEX        4         LAA       3                   (West)
  • SEA        4         OAK       2                   (West)
  • KC           7        MIN       3                (Not Tier)
  • CHW       4        TOR        3               (Not Tier)

National League

NL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Philadelphia            73      41         —
  2. Atlanta                       58      53         13  1/2
  3. Washington              57      58         15  1/2
  4. Florida                        55      57        17
  5. Pittsburgh                 44       46        17
  6. Cincinnati                  42       44        17
  7. New York                   53       63        21
  8. Houston                      30      60        31

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Arizona                      67      49         —
  2. Milwaukee                 52      36            1
  3. St. Louis                     50      41            4  1/2
  4. San Francisco          60      54            6
  5. Los Angeles              57      56            8  1/2
  6. Chicago                       39      46          12  1/2
  7. Colorado                    52       65          15  1/2
  8. San Diego                   45       69          16

Yesterday’s Results

  • CIN        6        NYM        5                              (East)
  • PHI        4        ATL          2                              (East)
  • PIT         9        MIL          8                         (2nd Tier)
  • LAD       4        ARI           2                             (West)
  • SD           2        CHC          0                             (East)
  • SF           3         COL          1                              (East)
  • HOU      5         STL           4 (10)               (Not Tier)

Pennant Race Gazette–September 26, 2011 (Revised)

September 26th, 2011

American League

AL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. New York                 63     45          —
  2. Detroit                  5152     36   1  1/2   1  *
  3. Boston                       59      51            5
  4. Cleveland                 45      41            7
  5. Tampa Bay               55      52           7  1/2
  6. Toronto                     54      56        10
  7. Kansas City               42     51         13  1/2
  8. Baltimore                  48     66         18

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Texas                           57      38        —    (Clinched Pennant)
  2. Los Angeles              51       43           5  1/2
  3. Chicago                      37       42        12
  4. Oakland                      44       51         13
  5. Minnesota                 32       43         15
  6. Seattle                         36      57          20

* PRB Commissioner’s Administrative Decision:  With full 162 game schedule, 1/2 game finishes are impossible.  This parodox was resolved by expanding DET 4  NYY 3 2011 season record to  DET 10 NYY 8; which is the same winning percentage (.571) over 18 game PRB schedule.  I then awarded Detroit the 1/2 game needed to “balance out” the schedule.

Yesterday’s Results

  • DET        10        BAL        6                   (East)
  • NYY         6        BOS         2                   (East)
  • BOS           7       NYY        4 (14)            (—)
  • TB              5       TOR         2                    (East)
  • KC              2       CHW        1                (2nd Tier)
  • TEX         12       SEA          5                  (West)
  • OAK          6       LAA         5                   (West)
  • MIN          6       CLE           4               (Not Tier)

National League

NL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Philadelphia            72      48        —   (Clinched Pennant)
  2. Atlanta                       58      52        12  1/2
  3. Florida                       55      56        16
  4. Washington              56      58        16  1/2
  5. Pittsburgh                 43      46        17
  6. Cincinnati                  41      44        17
  7. New York                   53     62         20
  8. Houston                      30     60        30  1/2

NL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Arizona                66 67     48         —        +
  2. Milwaukee                 52      35      1/2   1   +
  3. St. Louis                     50      41            4  1/2
  4. San Francisco          59      54            6  1/2
  5. Los Angeles              56      56            9
  6. Chicago                      39      45           12
  7. Colorado                    52      64           15
  8. San Diego                   44      69           21  1/2

+ see (*) and add ARI 4  MIL  3 to ARI 10  MIL 8.  ARI awarded 1/2 game.

Yesterday’s Results

  • WAS        3        ATL        0                  (East)
  • CIN          5        PIT         4                  (East)
  • COL       19        HOU       3              (2nd Tier)
  • PHI         9        NYM       4                  (West)
  • STL         3         CHC        2                   (West)
  • LAD        6         SD           2                   (West)
  • ARI         5         SF           2                   (West)
  • MIL         9         FLA       5               (Not Tier)

Pennant Race Gazette–September 25, 2011

September 25th, 2011

American League

AL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. New York                 62      44        —
  2. Detroit                       50      36          2
  3. Boston                       58       50         5
  4. Cleveland                 45       41         7
  5. Tampa Bay               54       52         8
  6. Toronto                     54       55         9  1/2
  7. Kansas City              41        51      14
  8. Baltimore                 48        65      17  1/2

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Texas                          56       38         —
  2. Los Angeles             51        42           4  1/2
  3. Chicago                     37        41         11
  4. Oakland                     43        51         13
  5. Minnesota                32        43         14  1/2
  6. Seattle                        36        56         19

Yesterday’s Results

  • NYY        9        BOS        1                 (East)
  • TEX          7       SEA        3                 (West)
  • BAL          6       DET        5                 (East)
  • CHW         6      KC           3             (2nd Tier)
  • TB              6      TOR        2                 (East)
  • LAA          4      OAK       2                 (West)
  • CLE           8      MIN       2               (Not Tier)
  • CLE           7      MIN       6                    (—)

NL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Philadelphia            71      41         —
  2. Atlanta                       58     51          11  1/2
  3. Florida                       55     56          15  1/2
  4. Pittsburgh                 43    45          16
  5. Washington              55     58          16  1/2
  6. Cincinnati                  40    44          17
  7. New York                   53    61          19
  8. Houston                      30    59         29  1/2

NL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Milwaukee                 52      35         —
  2. Arizona                       65      48         —
  3. St. Louis                      49      41           4  1/2
  4. San  Francisco          59      53           5  1/2
  5. Los Angeles               55      56           9
  6. Chicago                        39      44         11
  7. Colorado                     51       64         15
  8. San Diego                    44       68         20  1/2

Yesterday’s Results

  • WAS        4        ATL        1                  (East)
  • STL          2        CHC        1                 (West)
  • NYM       2        PHI         1                  (East)
  • NYM       6        PHI         3                    (—)
  • PIT           4        CIN        3                   (East)
  • COL          4        HOU      2 (13)     (2nd Tier)
  • ARI        15        SF          2                   (West)
  • SD             3        LAD      0                   (West)
  • MIL          6        FLA       4               (Not Tier)

Pennant Race Gazette–September 24, 2011

September 24th, 2011

American League

AL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. New York                 61       44        —
  2. Detroit                       50      35           1
  3. Boston                       58       49          4
  4. Cleveland                 45       41           6  1/2
  5. Tampa Bay               53       52          8
  6. Toronto                     54       54          8  1/2
  7. Kansas City              41       50         13
  8. Baltimore                 47       65         17  1/2

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Texas                          55      38         —
  2. Los Angeles             50      42            4  1/2
  3. Chicago                      36      41          11
  4. Oakland                      43      50         12
  5. Minnesota                 32      43         14
  6. Seattle                         36      55         18

Yesterday’s Results

  • DET        4        BAL        3 (11)                   (East)
  • TOR        5       TB            1                             (East)
  • TEX        5       SEA         3                            (West)
  • KC         11       CHW       1                        (2nd Tier)
  • OAK       3       LAA        1                            (West)
  • CLE        6       MIN        5               (Not Tier Schedule)
  • BOS        @     NYY                                       (PPD)

National League

NL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Philadelphia            71       39        —
  2. Atlanta                       58      50         12
  3. Florida                       55      56          16  1/2
  4. Pittsburgh                42       45         17  1/2
  5. Cincinnati                 40      43          17  1/2
  6. Washington              54      58          18
  7. New York                  51      61           21
  8. Houston                     30     58           30

NL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Milwaukee                 52      35        —
  2. Arizona                       64      48             1/2
  3. St. Louis                      48      41           5
  4. San  Francisco          59      52           5
  5. Los Angeles               55      55           8  1/2
  6. Chicago                        39     43         10
  7. Colorado                     50     64         15  1/2
  8. San Diego                    43     68          21

Yesterday’s Results

  • ATL        7        WAS        4                  (East)
  • PIT          4        CIN         3                   (East)
  • HOU      11        COL        2                (2nd Tier)
  • CHC         5        STL         1                   (West)
  • ARI         3         SF            1                  (West)
  • LAD        2         SD            0                  (East)
  • MIL        4         FLA         1               (Not Tier)
  • PHI         @       NYM                            (PPD)

Pennant Race Gazette–September 23, 2011

September 23rd, 2011

American League

AL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. New York                 61       44        —
  2. Detroit                       49      35           1  1/2
  3. Boston                       58      49           4
  4. Cleveland                 45      41           6  1/2
  5. Tampa  Bay              53      51           7  1/2
  6. Toronto                     53      54           9
  7. Kansas City              40      50         13  1/2
  8. Baltimore                  47     64          17

AL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Texas                          54       38        —
  2. Los Angeles             50       41           3  1/2
  3. Chicago                      36       40        10
  4. Oakland                      42       50        12
  5. Minnesota                 32       43        13  1/2
  6. Seattle                         36       54        17

Yesterday’s Result

  • MIN        3        SEA        2                             (West)
  • OAK        4        TEX        3                             (West)
  • BAL         6       DET         5                              (East)
  • TB          15       NYY       8                              (East)
  • CLE        11      CHW        2               (Not Tier Schedule)
  • TOR         4       LAA        3 (12)                (Not Tier)

National League

NL East                                   W        L          GB

  1. Philadelphia           71      39         —
  2. Atlanta                      57     50         12  1/2
  3. Florida                      55      56         16  1/2
  4. Cincinnati                40      42         17
  5. Washington             54      57         17  1/2
  6. Pittsburgh                41      45          18
  7. New York                 51      61           21
  8. Houston                    29     58           30

NL West                                   W        L          GB

  1. Milwaukee                 52      55         —
  2. Arizona                       63      48            1
  3. St. Louis                      48      40           4  1/2
  4. San Francisco           59      51            4  1/2
  5. Los Angeles               54      55            9
  6. Chicago                       38      43           11
  7. Colorado                     50     63           15
  8. San Diego                    43      67          15  1/2  20 1/2

Yesterday’s Results

  • WAS        6        PHI        1                                  (East)
  • LAD         8        SF           2                                 (West)
  • NYM       8        STL         6                             (Not Tier)
  • HOU        9        COL        6                    (Not Tier Schedule)