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AL East remains one steady division

For five straight years, the AL East standings from top (Yankees) to bottom (Devil Rays) have stayed exactly the same.

Originally Published: January 31, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Reader Peter Rudy, a fellow Sports Night fan, points out that since the Devil Rays first blessed us with their appearance in 1998, the American League East standings haven't changed. Not even a smidge. All five seasons, it's been Yankees-Red Sox-Blue Jays-Orioles-Devil Rays.

As you might assume, that's not normal. How much not normal? To check, I came up with a simple method: for each season, a team gets one "point" for the difference between its place in the standings from the season before. ...

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