- Pirates would have to win and the Cardinals would have to lose
- Royals would have to win while the Tigers would have to lose
- Mariners would have to win while the Angels would have to lose
So lots of things happening baseball wide before the playoffs. And because both the Cubs and White Sox are ending their seasons today, this humble, little blog will become a bit busier as we anticipate the arrival of 2014 Topps Update Series and 2015 Topps Series 1.
First up will be a debut class comparison (and another plea to Topps to bring back MLB Debut) of those who debuted in 1994 and those who's first MLB games came during the season.
Then a look at the best rookies of the 2014 season, all in preparation for the annual "Guess the All-Star Rookie Team" contest. No one beat me last year, so once again, the grand prize will be the 2005 Topps Rookie Cup set.
Third, and most importantly, I will begin the selection of this year's bdj610's NL and AL All-Star Teams. Seventy spots up for grabs. Closers and middle relievers will be announced first. The starting pitchers come next. Ensuring that every team has a rep comes third, and then finally the complete rosters will be announced.
Writers in the Hobby Blogging Community are beginning to contemplate their end-of-the-season posts. Jason Carter of the Writer's Journey has invited bloggers and their readers to cast their votes for the second (he missed doing this last year) annual BBBWARAOAAE (Base Ball Bloggers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere) Awards. The usual categories are in play (NL and AL Rookies of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP's, along with the Best Shortstop Ever, and Most Deserving Non Hall of Famer). Everyone has until Tuesday to vote. Click here for details.
There are three teams who are trying to extend their seasons. It should be a fun Sunday.