Standings charts (or "tables", to our English fans) have always been, in concert with boxscores, the quickest way to understanding the current state of baseball. While boxscores have, in the age of fantasy and rotisserie baseball, become overrun with miscellany, the standings have evolved similarly, but with perhaps a tad less minutiae. Still, while the standings of our old media past included wins, losses, winning percentages, and games behind, now they include streaks, home and road records, and even (at MLB.com) the magic number (the Sox’ stands at 101 following last night’s victory over Cleveland). At Baseball Prospectus, they even include PECOTA-adjusted playoff odds. Today’s Major League charts show a universe at peace, though we know chaos can ensue in the blink of an eye. But there’s more than just MLB when it comes to the standings, and more than just Boston and New York when it comes to the Red Sox and Yankees. We poked around and found the following:
- In Spokane’s North Majors Little League, the Arby’s Yankees are a whopping 11-0-1, leading the pack, while the Cougar Mechanical Red Sox are a pathetic 1-9. YF, Nick, Emma, and the Gerb may want to move to Washington State.
- In Gig Harbor, Washington, the Red Sox are 3-6, trailing the league-leading Athletics, who are 8-0. There’s no Yankees team in this league, creating a kind of existential dilemma for us.
- In Pleasanton, California, in their Little League "Majors" division, the Red Sox are a middling 8-7, while the Yankees are 5-12 and a game out of the cellar (life imitates…life!). Both teams have no shot as the Rangers pace the field with a 16-1 record. We guarantee Tom Hicks doesn’t own this team.
- In Toms River, NJ, in 6 year old Teeball, there are no records and only three teams: the Sox, the Yankees, and the Blue Jays. Perhaps this is smart: six year olds are too young and innocent to get caught up in our lunacy.
We looked around pretty hard, but couldn’t find a Little League where both the Sox were running away with things and the Yankees were in disarray, their too-quick-with-a-hook manager in hot water for keeping his own kid at the top of the rotation despite rotator cuff problems, their Tiger Beat shortstop in trouble for spending too many afternoons hitting on girls at the local mall, their local tattoo parlor threatening to revoke their sponsorship over pathetic play. We’ll have to stick to following the Majors in anticipation of that scenario.