Way back in March, before the season’s first pitch, we mused that with so many great players, rivalries, and contenders, ought-four might just be baseball’s greatest year to date. Has it been? We’ve seen some memorable moments (The Unit’s perfecto, Derek into the stands, Millar’s walk-off) and some major milestones (The Unit’s 4000th, Junior’s 500th, Maddux going for 300); some phenomenal, if not quite record breaking, performances (Barry, Rolen, Guerrero, Manny) and some major turnarounds (Texas, San Diego, Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee). But what we had suggested would make this season most compelling was the parity in the league, and the wide open races for the playoffs. And while the Yanks and Cards may be a bit farther out front than we had anticipated (in fact, we had anticipated the Cards would be in third), there are still 18 teams out there that have a shot, or at least believe they have a shot, at making postseason play. Twenty years ago today, on August 1, 1984, only 6 teams had any such playoff chance. And this explains the flurry of deals made and also not made over the last 48 hours. With so many clubs in the hunt, there’s naturally going to be much jockeying for position and improvement. So, is this the best season ever? We have a long way to go before we can answer that. But we can say this: So far, so good.