Red Sox, Yankees Miss Playoffs – MLB Decides To Continue With Postseason Anyway
This will be the first postseason without the Red Sox or Yankees since the MLB Wild Card was instituted, back in 1994. Rumors that Major League Baseball is creating a ninth Wild Card spot for American League teams are unsubstantiated.
Wednesday’s loss to the Orioles officially eliminated the Yankees from playoff contention for the second year in a row. This is the first time since before the player’s strike in 1994 that the Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
Interestingly, Wednesday could also be the last game at Yankee Stadium for Derek Jeter, who is retiring after the season. Rain could cancel Thursday’s series finale, which would likely not be made up. In his rookie season of 1995, Jeter and the Yankees made the playoffs – and continued to make them for 17 of his 20 seasons in the majors, including this one.
If the game is played Thursday, it will be the very first game that Jeter will play in a Yankees uniform that didn’t have implications on the team’s playoff chances.
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