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MLB in the Wild Card era

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This hardly qualifies as deep research, but I thought it was worth the 3 minutes or so I spent figuring it out on the subway with a pen and a napkin.

Playoff appearances by division in 13 seasons with the Wild Card

AL East

13 - Yankees

7 - Red Sox

2 - Orioles

0- Blue Jays

0 - Devil Rays

AL Central

7 - Indians

4 - Twins

2 - White Sox

1 - Tigers

0 - Royals

AL West

5 - Athletics

4 - Angels

4 - Mariners

3 - Rangers

NL East

11 - Braves

3 - Mets

2 - Marlins

1 - Phillies

0 - Nationals/Expos

NL Central

7 - Cardinals

6 - Astros

3 - Cubs

1 - Reds

0 - Brewers

0 - Pirates

NL West

4 - Diamondbacks

4 - Dodgers

4 - Giants

4 - Padres

2 - Rockies

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OK, so it looks like the O's would have an easier time in one of the Western divisions.

Question: The Baltimore Colts were in the Western division (aka conference), never in the Eastern one. Why can't the O's be too?

Answer: Because it would compromise the proper Orioles' mission and purpose: being Yankee killers. (Nobody said that one's mission and purpose was easy.)

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