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I was talking to a man at a farm stand yesterday about the Orioles. He was genuinely interested in whether or not they would make the playoffs. This got me thinking.

Since baseball is part of the entertainment industry, and here we are with 10 games left to play in the regular season, and there re non-obsessed fans who are interested in the team (that is, they are being entertained), is this a successful season?

I think it has to be seen as successful. Many fans define successful for a sports team as keeping them interested throughout the season. And for baseball that usually means "playing meaningful baseball in September", which is a phrase I have seen used more than once on this site.

We are 3.5 games out of the wildcard with 10 games left in the regular season. Is this chance of getting into the playoffs at close enough to possible to be considered meaningful"?

My opinion, for what it is worth, is yes. They are playing meaningful games in late September, and even though there is little doubt the season has been a disappointment, I think from an entertainment standpoint, it still has to rank as successful.

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Success on terms of W/L? Success in terms of Box Office? Success in terms of plans and expectations?

Of course, your question does look a little into what my opening thought was: there are lots of ways for a team to be successful. It isn't just wins and losses, although that is a good metric to use.

Rather, since they are an entertainment, does getting as close as they have to making the payoffs as late in the season as they have - does keeping the casual fan interested for basically the entire regular season - make this season a successful endeavor for an entertainment franchise, which has as its main goal the making of a profit by entertaining its fan base?

The reason I've brought the subject up is that most people on this site, and many I've talked to in the real world, look on this season as a disappointment. And I'm not going to argue that this isn't the case. But have they done enough to keep the casual fan interested long enough for them to have achieved their goal of keeping the fans happy, interested and spending money?

For instance, I would say the Padres have flopped. They were out of it so early that their fans were talking football halfway into the baseball season. An obvious failure.

But, is 3.5 games out with 10 to play good enough to have kept this looking like a "baseball town" into late September, or is the hope just too much pie-in-the-sky?

I think they've done just enough to entertain us properly.

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Compared to 1998-2011--Absolutely. Even if we finish a game or two below .500, we're still more successful than any of those teams.

Compared to 2012-2014--No, not even 2013. 2013 we were more or less on the periphery of a postseason spot until the last week or two of the season. This year I just felt we've constantly been playing catch-up all season just to put us in the position to make a move, and now that we're back in position, it's just too late.

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I was talking to a man at a farm stand yesterday about the Orioles. He was genuinely interested in whether or not they would make the playoffs. This got me thinking.

Since baseball is part of the entertainment industry, and here we are with 10 games left to play in the regular season, and there re non-obsessed fans who are interested in the team (that is, they are being entertained), is this a successful season?

I think it has to be seen as successful. Many fans define successful for a sports team as keeping them interested throughout the season. And for baseball that usually means "playing meaningful baseball in September", which is a phrase I have seen used more than once on this site.

We are 3.5 games out of the wildcard with 10 games left in the regular season. Is this chance of getting into the playoffs at close enough to possible to be considered meaningful"?

My opinion, for what it is worth, is yes. They are playing meaningful games in late September, and even though there is little doubt the season has been a disappointment, I think from an entertainment standpoint, it still has to rank as successful.

When I am rooting for my team nightly the last week of the season, I define it a big success.

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I was talking to a man at a farm stand yesterday about the Orioles. He was genuinely interested in whether or not they would make the playoffs. This got me thinking.

Since baseball is part of the entertainment industry, and here we are with 10 games left to play in the regular season, and there re non-obsessed fans who are interested in the team (that is, they are being entertained), is this a successful season?

I think it has to be seen as successful. Many fans define successful for a sports team as keeping them interested throughout the season. And for baseball that usually means "playing meaningful baseball in September", which is a phrase I have seen used more than once on this site.

We are 3.5 games out of the wildcard with 10 games left in the regular season. Is this chance of getting into the playoffs at close enough to possible to be considered meaningful"?

My opinion, for what it is worth, is yes. They are playing meaningful games in late September, and even though there is little doubt the season has been a disappointment, I think from an entertainment standpoint, it still has to rank as successful.

I think if they finish at .500 then it's successful. With 14 years

loosing I don't think they finished season at .500. I just hope

things change for the better next season.

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Being 3.5 out with a winning team like the 2013 team

is different. We are in it due to the weakness of the league, not how we have played. I agree with the idea of contending deep into a season being a good year but that doesn't apply to a season like this.

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Very unsuccessful. Their final win total will be at the very bottom of the range of my expectations. We are hypothetically in the race for the very last playoff spot, but in reality our chances have been close to nil ever since the 1-12 streak. We've managed to keep them from literally slipping to zero, but just barely. It's a failure of a season but I still enjoyed most of it.

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Very unsuccessful. Their final win total will be at the very bottom of the range of my expectations. We are hypothetically in the race for the very last playoff spot, but in reality our chances have been close to nil ever since the 1-12 streak. We've managed to keep them from literally slipping to zero, but just barely. It's a failure of a season but I still enjoyed most of it.

You've enjoyed subpar baseball for more than half the season?

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