During a 100-game season, consistency is very important. Good teams perform at a high level most nights and are able to avoid losing streaks. Each year, the goal is to win each series, one series at a time.
As I seem to mention each season at some point, superstitions are a big part of baseball. At some point early in every ballplayer's career, it becomes ingrained in them that trivial things, things that might have no apparent relation to a player's success on the field, do indeed have an impact on his or her performance.
So far, things have gone quite well for the Winnipeg Goldeyes. At 27-18, we are a game out of first place in the North Division standings, and have the third-best overall record in the 14-team American Association.
Forty games into our 100-game season, and things with the Winnipeg Goldeyes are going fine. At 23-17, we are only a half-game off the American Association North Division pace, and lead the wild-card race.
I awoke in my hotel room at the Best Western in Chico, Calif., in as normal a fashion as could be. After spending an hour or so hanging out and watching the Little League World Series, I realized a little after noon that someone in the room next to me was snoring really, really loudly.
Having won the first half in the Golden Baseball League's South Division, our postseason spot is already secured, but the desire to win the second half title is still strong. It would help us secure home-field advantage for the playoffs.
There are several certainties each minor league season. There will be lots of games, there will be bus rides and every team will lose some players. Not in the sense of losing one's wallet, but losing players in the manner of players getting traded to other teams, released due to poor performance, or season-ending injuries.
From Little League to the big leagues, good bullpen arms are hard to come by. From power arms to lefty specialists to long relief guys to setup guys to closers, every good professional team wants a reliable guy for each role.
It was almost exactly a week ago that we here with Na Koa Ikaika Maui were playing for our postseason lives. We were down mere percentage points to the Yuma Scorpions in the Golden Baseball League's South Division standings -- with two games left before the end of the first half of our season.
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