Pennant Race Gazette 7/31/10

TRADE DEADLINE:

Generally speaking I don’t like trades this time of the year.  Trades between weak and strong teams are by their very nature bad for the weaker team and good for the stronger one.  This affects a teams ability to act as a spoiler in the pennant race, and puts added distance between teams at the top, decimating good pennant races. 

 Teams should always be looking toward building for the future, and while a given player may not help you win a championship  this year, he might in the years to come.  Tiers would add something to team building, as finishing in the 1st Tier is a good intermediary goal before making it to the top.

Finally, with all the talk of the need to increase attendance, how can a team attract and retain fans when they are constantly trading off their best players?  There needs to be a salary floor; and the lesser team needs to spend revenuing sharing and luxury tax money on player development and  acquisition.

Yesterday’s Results:

TB  3  NY  2 (East);  TOR  8  CLE  1 (East);  DET  6  BOS  5 (East);  CHI  6  OAK  1 (West);  MIN  5  SEA  3 (West);  KC  7  BAL  5 (East);  LA  9  TEX  7 (West)

ARI  9  NY  6 (2nd Tier);  WAS  8  PHI  1 (East);  ATL  6  CIN  4 (East);  COL  17  CHI  2 (West);  SF  6  LA  5 (West);    HOU  5  MIL  0 (Not Tier Schedule);  STL  1  PIT  0 (10) (Not Tier);  FLA  4  SD  2 (NT)

East                              W      L        GB

  1. Tampa Bay        44    21       —
  2. New York          42    24          2.5
  3. Toronto              36   30          8.5
  4. Boston                 38   32          8.5
  5. Kansas City        22   23        12 
  6. Detroit                 23   27        13.5
  7. Cleveland           24   31         15
  8. Baltimore           15   49         28.5

West                               W     L          GB

  1. Minnesota           24    17        —
  2. Texas                     30   24           .5
  3. Oakland                 26   24        2.5
  4. Chicago                  26  25        3
  5. Los Angeles         30  34        5.5
  6. Seattle                    18   36      12.5

East                                    W     L        GB

  1. Atlanta                     34    28      —
  2. Cincinnati               31    27         1
  3. Philadelphia          32    31          2.5
  4. Florida                     33    33         3
  5. Washington            33    33        3
  6. New York                27    34        6.5
  7. Houston                  19     27        7
  8. Pittsburgh              15     31       11

West                                    W      L        GB

  1. San Diego                 40    25       —
  2. Los Angeles            38    27          2
  3. San Francisco        33    26          4
  4. St. Louis                   30    25          5
  5. Colorado                  34    32          6.5
  6. Chicago                     29    28          7
  7. Milwaukee               27    27          7.5
  8. Arizona                     23    45         18.5

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