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Sad but true: Not every team is doing all that it can to win. Blame clueless management, lack of playing talent, insufficient funds, weakness of will. Because of all this—and the arrival of the wild card—the traditional divisions have become a joke. The Braves, a lock in the NL East, are more concerned with potential World Series foes like the Indians and the Yankees than division rivals. The Mets, hoping for a wild-card slot at best, are more likely to worry about the Astros or the Rockies than the unbeatable Braves. We've redefined the divisions, the better to reflect baseball reality.

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Statistical boxes compiled by Elias Sports Bureau

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Tanned, Focused And Loaded
Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals
Seattle Mariners

Close But No Cigars
Colorado Rockies
Toronto Blue Jays
Anaheim Angels
Houston Astros
San Diego Padres
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants

Right Roster, Wrong Division
Boston Red Sox

Talent Challenged
Texas Rangers
Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers
Arizona Diamondbacks
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Pittsburgh Pirates

Clueless
Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies
Kansas City Royals

Not Even Trying
Chicago White Sox
Florida Marlins
Montreal Expos
Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics



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