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Anonymous asked in SportsBaseball · 9 months ago

Why wasn't there a tiebraker in the NL Central in 2001?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_St._Louis_Cardi...

Cardinals and Astros were tied for first but Astros was awarded the title cause they won season series. If that's the case then why didn't the Cubs win division last year since it was the same record and the Cubs won the season series vs Brewers?

Update:

@James, it still don't make sense though, since the Cubs beat the Brewers in the season series the Cubs own the tiebreaker, which means Brewers Rockies WC.

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  • 9 months ago
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    9/11 might have played a factor that year, as you remember once September 11th happened, baseball play was suspend for a week, so means they were a week later on the games then normal in a season at that time. I don't remember the date that the season was originally scheduled to end. But once the planes hit the building, things in America changed, and even if they had keep playing baseball, as US air[orts was closed and suspended by an order of FCAA, which if you had see United 93, that Ben Sliney had made that order. If they had done a tiebreaker, that would have made each of the games in the playoffs later. As they would have had to play the tiebreaker game. And by doing it this way, it saved them time, as they looked at who had the more wins, and it was Houston Astros. Where if they had when could they have played it, since the season ended later that year then normal.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Different playoff format and rules, duh.

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  • James
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    9 months ago

    The reason is the difference in playoff format used at the time. In 2001, there was only 1 wildcard which played in the LDS's. Playoff were used to determine which of 2 tied teams would advance to the playoffs. Since the Astros and Cards shared the best record in the NL, one was going to be the division champ, and the other the wildcard. Had there been a team in one of the other divisions in the wildcard position, there would have been a playoff to determine who would advance between the Astros and Cards.

    In the current playoff format, there is a huge difference between winning a division and being a wildcard - one goes directly to the LDS, while the other plays in an elimination game. As with the Astros/Cards earlier, the Brewers and Cubs shared the best record in the NL and both would make the playoffs, the change in format made for different prospects for teams tied, and thus a playoff is now played whenever there is a tie at the top of a division.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Different circumstances.

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