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Midpoint of season a significant time

With season at halfway point, 21 of 30 teams have legitimate chance to make playoffs

Originally Published: July 4, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

In baseball, more than any sport, certain holidays serve as signposts that sometimes tell where teams are, and where they are headed. Memorial Day, Labor Day and, for some really bad teams, Opening Day, often tell a lot about a club. But July 4, Independence Day, can be the most revealing because it represents the midway point of the season. It can signal whether a team is coming or going, although this season, it's very, very hard to tell.

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