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    The Official 2019 Magic Number Thread

    With less than two months to go, the Yankees (71-39) enter the home stretch in a virtual tie with Houston for the AL's best record, and an 8-game lead in the division (9 in the loss column).

    The magic number to win the AL East is 44, still a big number of course but the longer the countdown the more fun this is.

    Here are some other magic numbers for clinching a better record than specific teams, for those who are interested:
    • Red Sox: 38
    • Rays: 44
    • A's: 44 (currently an imperfect proxy for clinching a playoff spot)
    • Twins: 50 (currently an imperfect proxy for clinching home field in the ALDS)
    • Astros: 52 (currently an imperfect proxy for clinching best record in the AL)
    • Dodgers: 52 (currently an imperfect proxy for clinching best record in MLB)

    Let's go Yankees!

    Last edited by sweet_lou_14; 08-04-19 at 02:16 PM.
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    You forgot the Tigers: 18 (currently an imperfect proxy for not being the worst team in baseball).
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    You forgot the Tigers: 18 (currently an imperfect proxy for not being the worst team in baseball).
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    "Baseball is about hope, not confidence." -- rajah

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    Only countdown that matters is to home field advantage, you need to have it, to beat houston. We already saw what happened a few years ago.

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    Re: The Official 2019 Magic Number Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by moscutter View Post
    Only countdown that matters is to home field advantage, you need to have it, to beat houston. We already saw what happened a few years ago.
    I agree with this, and I'd also like to limit the flights to LA in the WS lol
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    Re: The Official 2019 Magic Number Thread

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    "Baseball is about hope, not confidence." -- rajah

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet_lou_14 View Post
    Would have rather seen a Jake Gibbs card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Would have rather seen a Jake Gibbs card.
    Should find a pic on EBay. '69 card is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Would have rather seen a Jake Gibbs card.
    All are welcome to post to this thread!

    Seriously, I'm happy to let others do the updates now that it's been kicked off.

    P.S. At least I didn't give you Randy Johnson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Would have rather seen a Jake Gibbs card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeyankeefan View Post
    Frank Tepedino
    Boy, that name brings back memories from the old days. Good post.

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    Re: The Official 2019 Magic Number Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by sweet_lou_14 View Post
    All are welcome to post to this thread!

    Seriously, I'm happy to let others do the updates now that it's been kicked off.

    P.S. At least I didn't give you Randy Johnson.
    Or Joe Cowley, lol

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    Re: The Official 2019 Magic Number Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeyankeefan View Post
    Frank Tepedino
    Tepi, Tepi, who needs Pepi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Tepi, Tepi, who needs Pepi!
    I had to pay $10 last year to upgrade his 1970 topps card because it’s a high number. Ten bucks for Frank Tepedino!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    I had to pay $10 last year to upgrade his 1970 topps card because itís a high number. Ten bucks for Frank Tepedino!
    Some of those sets the high numbers are a bich. Especially when it's a mediocre player you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Some of those sets the high numbers are a bich. Especially when it's a mediocre player you need.
    And within the high numbers are short prints. 66 and 67 cost a small fortune for the last series short prints. Then, some of the particular short prints were miscut, further driving up the price if you wanted a quality card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    I had to pay $10 last year to upgrade his 1970 topps card because itís a high number. Ten bucks for Frank Tepedino!
    Did you know that Frank's hobby is listening to records?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelloNewman View Post
    Did you know that Frank's hobby is listening to records?
    And Roy White worked at W.T. Grants in the off season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    And within the high numbers are short prints. 66 and 67 cost a small fortune for the last series short prints. Then, some of the particular short prints were miscut, further driving up the price if you wanted a quality card.
    I have the 66 set. Was pretty hard to put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bub View Post
    And Roy White worked at W.T. Grants in the off season.
    While I was collecting the 1970 set as a kid, one of the cards that kept popping up was Pedro Borbon of the Reds. His cartoon had a picture of a player in boxing gloves looking up at a giant rooster in boxing gloves. The caption was: "Pedro's hobby is cockfighting!"

    Imagine trying to do that today.
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    Baseball is life;
    the rest is just details.

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    Anyone got a Steve Hamilton card?
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