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What would constitute a 'good' season?

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Let there be peace and harmony today throughout all the land that is Pinstripe Alley -- in other words, the entire Yankee Universe! This is a post free of discussion of Joba, Doc, liars, cheats, tax evaders and scum of all kinds.

Hopefully, we will have an entire day without any discussion of those topics. I think we argued plenty Thursday, and I'm not sure we got anywhere. So, today I have an entirely different question for you.

The Yankees are in second place in the AL East and lead the wild-card race. If they play as well over the next 74 games as they did the first 88 they are going to the playoffs. Cool Standings has the Yanks on pace for 92 wins and gives them a 57.5% chance of making the playoffs. Only Boston (80.8%) and Anaheim (60.7%) come out more favorably in the American League. Beyond the Box Score has done the same thing, and comes up with 96 wins and 79% playoff chance.

So, here is today's question. What is good enough for you to call 2009 a 'good' season? Just making the playoffs? Winning the World Series? Somewhere in-between? I am taking for granted that no one thinks missing the playoffs for the second straight year is an acceptable outcome.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Boston 54 34 .613 0 Won 3
New York 51 37 .579 3 Lost 3
Tampa Bay 48 41 .539 6.5 Lost 2
Toronto 44 46 .488 11 Lost 2
Baltimore 40 48 .454 14 Won 2

(updated 7.16.2009 at 10:25 PM EDT)



American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 51 37 .579 0 Lost 3
Texas 48 39 .551 2.5 Lost 2
Tampa Bay 48 41 .539 3.5 Lost 2
Seattle 46 43 .516 5.5 Lost 1
Chicago 45 43 .511 6 Lost 1
Minnesota 45 44 .505 6.5 Won 1
Toronto 44 46 .488 8 Lost 2
Baltimore 40 48 .454 11 Won 2
Oakland 37 49 .430 13 Won 2
Kansas City 37 51 .420 14 Lost 3
Cleveland 36 54 .400 16 Won 1

(updated 7.16.2009 at 10:25 PM EDT)