Originally written April 03, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
In 2012, we had the Orioles and the A's. In 2011, it was the Diamondbacks. In 2010, the Padres took their turn. In 2009, the Rockies got the honor. For various reasons that can't be understood until the after the fact, if understood at all, there is a surprise contender that emerges almost every single MLB season. Sometimes it is uncanny luck in one-run games. Sometimes there is a breakout player that carries a team. Sometimes several players overachieve all at the same time. Sometimes it is just pure randomness. Whatever the reason, having a team come out of nowhere to make a legitimate run at the playoffs is fun for everyone involved. The only thing more fun than that Cinderella team is the impossible task of figuring out who that team might be before the season starts, or in this case, right after it starts. That's exactly what I intend to try, probably unsuccessfully to do... wait for it.... now! The only real tool we have at our disposal for a task like...
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