League president Eric Krupa wrote me back, politely telling me why I was both right and wrong, when I said that Augusta hadn't clinched the division.
Thank you for taking the time to write. I agree with you that the Augusta GreenJackets should not have been listed as winning the second-half Southern Division Championship before yesterday's game, and I alerted Major League Baseball Advanced Media (the statistician for the South Atlantic League) that I thought they were premature to place a pound sign next to Augusta.
I also appreciate the thorough analysis that you included in your e-mail. I want you to know that the effort did not go unnoticed.
Per the league by-laws, the game from August 1 will not be made up because the two teams were not scheduled to meet (in either city) before the end of the half-season.
Having said all of this, after last's night's win by Augusta, Augusta has clinched the Division title.
Thank you again for writing.
South Atlantic League
111 Second Avenue NE, Suite #335
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
He didn't have to write me back. But he did. And I really appreciate that.
And, yeah, he got me regarding the league by-laws about not making up games. Of course, I do wonder why there are all those open days between the end of the season (September 1) and the beginning of the playoffs (September 5).
To rest up, I guess. Or make up any last-day rain-outs that could affect the standings.
Regardless, the Columbus Catfish aren't going to the playoffs this year. Or ever again.
The Bowling Green Bluegills? Maybe. Tampa Bay seems to have a pretty good farm system.
Update: SAL president Eric Krupa wrote me back, correcting the dates. I mis-reported the playoffs start September 5. Actually, game two is that day. Game one is September 3.