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And they're off!

Posted at 11:40 AM on September 6, 2006 by Ben Tesch

BaseballRace.com: Watch any baseball season standings horserace style!
You can view any major league season, split by league or division (even wild card races), as an animated, date-by-date race between the various teams you choose.The data goes back to 1901, and includes every game of every season up through yesterday.

You can watch the '51 Giants win the pennant by a nose, '75 Reds beat the pack by several lengths, or the '88 Orioles break a leg out of the starting gate. Very cool. Give it a shot and post any particularly good races in the comments.

Is the dawn of a new era upon us?

Posted at 2:19 PM on September 6, 2006 by David Zingler

The Vikings open their 46th season next week (the countdown toward disappointment begins....now) and that usually means a sharp drop in media coverage and fan interest in whatever the Twins are doing. For example, when the local nine clinched their first of three straight division crowns back in September 2002, all anyone could talk about was the two extra points Vikings kicker Doug Brien missed in an overtime loss to the Bills that same day.

I however, am sensing a shift – an opportunity for the Twins to take top billing. The Vikings always had the star power: Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper and Cris Carter, but that’s not the case anymore. The Twins with Johan Santana, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are clearly a more exciting team than the Brad Johnson and Darren Sharper led Vikings.

Another thing helping the Twins is that they are actually in a pennant race this time. In 2002 and 2004 it was a runaway and in 2003 the White Sox collapsed in the season’s final weeks. This year should be different. I, for one, say this shift is a long time coming. The Vikings, with all their glitz and glamour, always choked in the end, while the Twins have delivered titles to this state.

Any smart sports fan will put the Vikes on the back burner and ride it out with the Twins. It’s the only chance we have for a happy ending.

Just a flesh wound

Posted at 3:43 PM on September 6, 2006 by Ben Tesch

The guttiest player in baseball?
Jim Caple asks if there is any player who has sucked it up for his team this year more than Brad Radke. Not only has he had a torn labrum for the past couple years, but he's been pitching on it with a side shot of cortisone ever since (and not too shabbily). A good read, plus he chimes in on the whole Bert Blyleven thing.

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