(NOTE made later: OK, I blew some numbers in this; should blog drunk, but I was preparing to see the Yankees in Bradenton. Comments section takes me to task, but I stand by the point anyway: The new system will mask the collapse that's already underway.)
Today, between updates on the Elisabeth Hasselbeck situation on "The View," both the Gray Lady and Murdoch Mush opine that the Retrieval Empire ™ is about to slide back in time, to the dark era known as 1965, when the great war wagon of Mickey, Roger and Elston lost its wheels and went into repose... Roger Repoz, that is. And clearly, when you study the '13 Yankee roster, you see players mulling the Early Bird at Denny’s, or broken in bone, if not spirit. When Brennan Boesch is the hope, you’re the Walking Dead, whether you know it or not.
In 1966 and 1967, they finished fifth out of 10. Again, in the modern AL, fifth-place gets a one-game wild card. Collapse? What collapse? And in 1968, they came in third. Good grief, they’ve done worse than that in recent years, while the streak of post-season appearances has been maintained.