As the MLB regular season winds down, only a couple of things remain undecided as far as the playoffs are concerned. The most compelling story is the little baseball team that could, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox have a 4 game lead on them in the wild card standings, and the magic number to clinch is 11. No offense to Big D, but I would absolutely love it if Tampa was able to track down the mighty Boston Moneybags and earn a playoff spot. That would be another blow to the already dead and decaying argument that baseball is in need of a salary cap to ensure parity. Building a successful baseball organization has a lot more to do with being smart than spending large amounts of money. Just ask the nearest Cubs and Mets fans you can find. So here’s to the little team that could, and to a strong finish. Links and such after the jump.
Reasons to hate Derek Dooley. (Scott Van Pelt’s favorite blog)
People who hate sabermetrics will not acknowledge that this was ever written. (Evil stat mafia nerd blog)
On the disappearance and possible reemergence of the “Packer Sweep”. (Grantland’s best hire)
Prince Fielder: officially done in Milwaukee after this season. (Hardball Talk)
Mets sale falls through, and Frank McCourt declines a billion dollar offer. (The Hardball Times)
JP had a video from this band on Monday, so if you liked that one, you might dig this one as well.