Mets, A's, Indians to be in wild-card hunt

If recent history is any indication, the '06 wild-card winners should again be major factors when October rolls around.

Originally Published: March 29, 2006
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

What a waste. All these pundits spending all this time and all these pixels telling you who's going to win baseball's six divisions. When we all know that division winners are as relevant as Jessica Simpson's GPA.

Three of the last four World Series champions (2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox) were wild cards, also-rans who also ran their way to rings. Last year's wild-card Astros gave matters a good run before running into Ozzie and the wide guy in Chicago. Things are definitely out ...

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