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Notes From Sin City: Checking In on the Best Division in Baseball, the AL East

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 8th 2008 11:20PM by Andrew Johnson (author feed)

Three managers of AL East teams spoke with the media this afternoon/evening (for a more extended look at the Rays, try this), and with very little happening on the first day in Las Vegas, it’s a good time to look at baseball’s most imposing division.

The standard for excellence in the other divisions in baseball is roughly 90-92 wins. That’s not the case in the East, where 95 wins are almost always required to guarantee a spot in the postseason.

For a team like the Orioles, that can be awfully intimidating. While the Yankees have their hand in virtually every free-agent pie, Baltimore is relegated to building slowly, to nurturing the farm system and hoping its young players pay off big in the near future.

“It’s a great time to be an up and coming prospect in our organization,” said manager Dave Trembley. But even with a collection of impressive young talent — names like Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Nolan Reimold — the O’s are facing long odds and Trembley has no pie-in-the-sky aspirations, merely repeating the mantra “we have to get better.”

Well, yeah, but the rub is just how much better they actually have to get.Continue Reading

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