American League East: The Best Division In Baseball. Period.
Few divisions give baseball fans the pure excitement that comes from the American Leauge East.
This division has it all: the pitching, the hitting, the fielding and the heroics that make baseball the great game we all love.
If you want packed stadiums full of screaming fans and baseball played at it's highest level, this is where you go.
Some of the greatest baseball games every played have occured between teams in this division, in stadiums like "The House That Ruth Built" and in front of the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
Three out of the last four AL MVP's have come from the AL East, and since 1997, the AL East has had seven Cy Young award winners.
Playoff wise, the AL East has absolutely dominated.
Sports Illustrated published an article at the beginning of the season that read,
"Entering 2008 the two franchises (Yankees and Red Sox) had combined to win 13 of the 14 division titles since the playoffs expanded in 1995, as well as seven wild cards, eight pennants and six World Series. One or the other has participated in every postseason since the wild card debuted, and from 1998 through 2007 they finished 1-2 in the division every year, with the exception of 2006, when Boston slipped down the stretch and finished third"
The American Leauge East just happens to hold arguably the greatest rivalry in all of sports.
2009 is no different, with the AL East once again setting the tone for great baseball.
The top four teams in the AL East have been competitive all season, and despite a battle between the Red Sox and Yankees for first place, the Devil Rays and Blue Jays have the teams to put runs together in July and August.
The talent in the AL East is like none other in all of the majors.
Imagine an American League East All-Star team.
A team that includes of some of the best young talent and future Hall of Famers that baseball has to offer.
A lineup potentially consisting of guys like A-Rod, Jason Bay, Derek Jeter, Evan Longoria, Vernon Wells, Mark Teixiera, David Ortiz, Carlos Pena, Jorge Posada and Carl Crawford.
A rotation that strikes fear into the heart of all batters, consisting of CC Sabbathia, Josh Beckett, AJ Burnett, Roy Halladay, Brad Penny, Matt Garza and Scott Kazmir.
And a bullpen that will absolutely finish games with Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon.
In the American League, statistics wise, the names of the AL East players can usually be seen at the top of each category.
So far in 2009, Carlos Pena (TB) leads in home runs, Jason Bay (BOS) leads in RBI's and Johnny Damon (NYY) and Brian Roberts (BAL) are tied for first in runs.
Well Orioles fans, I finally gave Baltimore some love!
Pitching has been no different and the AL East is representing the best of the American leauge with Tim Wakefield (BOS) and Roy Halladay (TOR) racking up 10 wins already.
The American Leauge East has always been one of the best, if not the best division in all of baseball.
This season, the top four teams in the AL East has already collected a major leauge best 177 wins.
But what is the most important statistic that cements the sheer dominance of the AL East?
In the past 10 years, the AL East has sent a representative to the World Series, eight times.
I have a feeling we will be seeing another American Leauge Champion out of this division in 2009.
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