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CENTURY CLUB: Major League Baseball could make unprecedented history before the playoffs

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The MLB playoffs should be bananas during Ocotber, but there's still plenty to celebrate in September -- even if the divisional races lack drama.

The Atlanta Braves’ recent hot streak — winning nine straight games before Sunday’s loss to Max Scherzer and the Nationals — has suddenly put Major League Baseball into the position of making history.

What might that be?

With essentially three weeks left of the 2019 campaign, the Astros (94-50), Yankees (94-50), Dodgers (93-52) and Braves (89-55) are all on track to cross the 100-win threshold — which, if true, would break the MLB record for most 100-victory seasons in a given year.

Heck, even the AL Central-leading Twins (88-55) have a decent shot of cracking the century mark in wins; but with a 5 1/2-game division lead and the No. 3 seed in the American League playoffs ostensibly wrapped up, Minnesota will likely opt for rest shortly after clinching a postseason spot (Central magic number: 14).

In MLB’s illustrious history, covering parts of three centuries, baseball has never had experienced more than three 100-win clubs in a given season.

Since 1942, the 100-wins triumvirate has occurred seven different times — most recently in 2018, when American League superpowers New York, Houston and eventual champion Boston (108-54) each cracked the century mark.

Interestingly enough, charting the seven times MLB has produced three 100-win clubs, the Yankees were part of this mix on six occasions (1942, 1977, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2018).

DO THE MATH

Astros (94-50) —–>> on track for 106 wins
Yankees (94-50) —–>> on track for 106 wins
Dodgers (93-52) —–>> on track for 104 wins
Braves (89-55) —–>> on track for 100 wins
Twins (88-55) —–>> on track for 99.6 wins … 100 when rounding up

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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