However, there are no GM firings today. Walt Wiess, GM for the Colorado Rockies decided to step down after finishing the regular season with a 75-87 (.463) record with a overall GM record of 283-365 (.516). Although he was pleased with the direction the team was heading, it wasn't enough for the Rockies to make it back to the playoffs.
Sadly, the defending World Series champion, the Kansas City Royals will not defending their championship after all. The Royals finished 3rd in the National League Central with a 81-81 (.5) record, 13 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians.
Also for the first time since 2010, the St. Louis Cardinals will miss the playoffs after the San Francisco Giants won their final game. This leaves the Cardinals finishing with a 86-76 (.531) record and 17 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs.
Speaking of the Cubs, they have the best record in Major League Baseball! The Cubs finish the regular season with 103 wins and 58 losses (.64). The worst team in Major League Baseball this season is the Minnesota Twins. They finish the season with 59 wins and 103 losses (.364).
Now that the playoff race has come to a end, only two surviving teams in each league will make it all the way to the 2016 World Series and only one World Series champion will be crowned. Here are the final standings for the five best teams in the league and how they finished out this past season:
Final American League Standings
1. West: Texas Rangers+++ (95-67, .586)
2. Central: Cleveland Indians++ (94-67, .584)
3. East: Boston Red Sox++ (93-69, .574)
4. East: Baltimore Orioles+ (89-73, .549)
5. East: Toronto Blue Jays+ (89-73, .549)
The following teams in the American League that were eliminated from playoff contention are: Los Angeles Angels of Amaheim, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals**, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees
Final National League Standings
1. Central: Chicago Cubs++++ (103-58, .64)
2. East: Washington Nationals++ (95-67, .586)
3. East: Los Angeles Dodgers++ (91-71, .562)
4. West: New York Mets+* (87-75, .537)
5. West: San Francisco Giants+ (87-75, .537)
The following teams in the National League that were eliminated from playoff contention are: Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies
++++ - Best record in Major League Baseball
+++ - Clinched best record w/Home Field Advantage in the post-season
++ - Clinched Division title
+ - Clinched Wildcard
** - Defending World Series champion
* - Defending American/National League Champion
strike- Eliminated after losing Wildcard tiebreaker
The top team in bold-italics indicate team with the best record in the league. The figures in (parenthesis) indicate wins, losses and percentage of wins.
So with that all said, this is how the first round of the MLB post-season is going to look like:
American League Wildcard Game
(4) Baltimore Orioles vs. (5) Toronto Blue Jays
National League Wildcard Game
(4) New York Mets vs. (5) San Francisco Giants
Prior to the start of the League Division Series, the six surviving MLB teams that made it to the postseason will receive a first-round bye. The winners of the League Wildcard Game will face the following teams in the League Division Series:
American League Division Series
(1) Texas Rangers vs. (4/5) Baltimore Orioles or Toronto Blue Jays
(2) Boston Red Soxs vs (3) Cleveland Indians
National League Division Series
(1) Chicago Cubs vs. (4/5) San Francisco Giants or New York Mets
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (3) Washington Nationals
Because the American League for the fourth time won the 87th Major League Baseball All Star Game by a score of 4 to 2, the Americal League gets Home Field Advantage in the World Series for the third year in a row.
The winners of the League Division Series will advance to the next round, the League Championship Series with the right to represent the league champion in the 112th edition of the World Series The losers of the MLB playoffs will be eliminated and head home for the rest of the year.
Enjoy the postseason!