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September 27, 2005
BASEBALL: All Tied Up

Jay Caruso wonders what happens if the Red Sox, Yankees and Indians all end up tied. A commenter provides this 2003 response from Major League Baseball:

Scenario #5: If three Clubs in a League are tied with identical winning percentages at the end of the championship season and two of those tied Clubs are from the same Division and are also tied for first place in that Division and the third tied Club has the highest winning percentage among the second-place Clubs in the remaining two Divisions, the Division Champion shall first be determined by a one-game playoff on Monday, September 29. Any playoff games played to determine a Division champion shall not count in determining which Clubs are deemed tied for a Wild Card designation. Clubs that were originally tied with a Club or Clubs for a Wild Card designation shall still be considered tied.

Example of Scenario #5: The Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins all have identical winning percentages at the end of the championship season. The Astros and Cardinals are tied for first place in the NL Central and the Marlins have the highest winning percentage among the second-place Clubs from the NL East and NL West. The Astros and Cardinals would play a one-game playoff on Monday, September 29. The winner shall be declared the Division Champion. Despite the loss, the losing Club would still be considered tied with the Marlins for the lead in the NL Wild Card. Those two Clubs would play a one-game playoff on Tuesday, September 30. The winner of that game shall be declared the Wild Card.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:55 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)
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Going into tonight's game that was the situation. Maybe same tomorrow morning as well. Tribe lost, Sox and Yanks behing in late innings.

Posted by: pat_rick at September 27, 2005 10:25 PM
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