Confusing Standings

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So, I checked Yahoo! Sports to get the update on spring training and noticed that the standings were listed as follows (screenshot in the “Complete Standings” link):

AL Spring Training Standings
Team W L Pct
LA Angels 6 3 .667
Cleveland 6 2 .750
Toronto 5 2 .714
Baltimore 4 3 .571
Tampa Bay 4 3 .571
Boston 4 3 .571
Texas 4 4 .500
Chi White Sox 4 6 .400
Detroit 3 3 .500
Kansas City 3 5 .375
Oakland 3 6 .333
Seattle 1 7 .125
Minnesota 3 6 .333
NY Yankees 2 5 .286
Complete Standings

Now, I can appreciate a conspiracy to put the Yankees at the bottom, but isn’t there something a little fishy about those rankings? Seattle is 1-7. Why are they listed above the Twins and Yankees? And why are the Angels ranked first, even though both Cleveland and Toronto have better winning percentages? Even the National League standings are a little off – St. Louis should be 2nd, not 5th.

Of course, it’s spring training, so who really cares, other than big math nerds like me?

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One response

  1. Now the Sox are second from basement, with four teams above us who have a lower winning percentage. I guess they just don’t give an F over there.