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Monday, September 26, 2011
No California Teams this year
For the second time since the Wild Card was introduced in 1995, there will be no California teams in the post season.
In 1999 and this year, the West was represented by Arizona and Texas. And the Wild Cards in 1999 were the Mets and Red Sox. We're not sure who it is for this year.
Let's run them down.
In 1995, the Dodgers won the NL West crown. (The Angels lost a one game playoff to Seattle.) In 1996, both the Padres and Dodgers were in. In 1997, the Giants won the NL West. In 1998, the Padres won the National League pennant. 1999 saw no California teams. 2000 had the A's and the Giants winning their Division. In 2001, the A's won the Wild Card. 2002 was the greatest year for California. The A's won the AL West but the World Series was between the Giants and Angels. 2003 had the A's and Giants winning their Division again. The 2004 Angels won the Division. In 2005, the Angels won the Division and advanced to the ALCS. Meanwhile the Padres won the NL West. 2006 saw the Padres and Dodgers both in the National League playoffs and the Oakland A's making it to the ALCS. The 2007 Angels won the Division. The 2008 and 2009 Angels and Dodgers each won their Division. Both made the LCS in 2009, the closest we have seen to a Freeway Series. And the 2010 Giants of course won the World Series.
But with the elimination of the Angels tonight, any California dream for the World Series was put to rest.
Good luck next year, Giants, A's, Dodgers, Angels or Padres.