With the reports of a second wild card being a likely possibility for 2013, The Common Man dug through the archives to see how "exciting" the battles for the fifth-best record would have been through the years. He found that a lot of races would have come down to the wire. While I do think it's worth pointing that since many of those teams involved weren't actually in playoff races and thus not always playing their best lineups or resting players and so on, I think we can take this away: Whether you have four playoff teams or five or six or seven, there will always be a tight "race" for the final spot.
Charlie Saponara has a piece over at the Fire Brand blog called "Apocalypse Boston." Good read. Check it out.
Jon Weisman reminds us that Hiroki Kuroda apparently utilized his no-trade clause to turn down a trade to the Red Sox at the trade deadline.
Joey Matschulat projects the Rangers' Division Series roster.
Did Ryan Braun have the best hitting season in Brewers history?
Mike McClary of our Tigers blog tells the tale of a season by listing all his weekly comments from the ESPN Power Rankings.
Dave Gershman takes a look at Ozzie Guillen moving over to the Marlins.
Pro Ball NW looks at some possible rotation candidates for the Mariners for 2012.