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The Major League Baseball season came to an end last night…each team's final game of the season was scheduled to begin at 4 pm EDT, so that nobody would be at a disadvantage once the playoffs begin on Friday.  (It didn't quite work out - the Mets-Nationals game had a two-hour rain delay.)

But here are the end-of-season standings:

In the National League East, the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets tied with 101 wins each, but the defending World Champion Braves took the division championship by virtue of having won the season series with the Mets.  The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League Central, and the Los Angeles Dodgers (by winning 111 games!) took the National League West.  The NL Wild Card teams are the Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres.

The American League East champs are the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Guardians took the AL Central, and the Houston Astros won the AL West.   The AL Wild Card teams:  the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Seattle Mariners.

The playoffs begin this Friday, with the best-of-three Wild Card series - in the National League, the Mets play the Padres and the Phillies play the Cardinals.  (The Braves and Dodgers get a first round bye.)

In the American League, the Mariners play the Blue Jays, and the Rays play the Guardians.  (The Yankees and Astros get a first round bye.)

KC's View:

I've always said that one of the best things in the world is having your team play meaningful baseball in September.

But y'know what's better?

Meaningful baseball in October.