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The Nats win the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes

Sep 29, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

They haven’t popped champagne just yet, but with the Pirates’ win against Los Angeles yesterday, the Nats can now finish no worse (better?) than a tie for the worst record in baseball. If the Pirates lose out and the Nats win out, they’ll both finish 59-103. 

But, because the Pirates took the season series 5-3 against the Nats, Washington wins (loses?) the tiebreaker, thereby entitling them to draft one Bryce Harper. That is, if getting the rights to take a 16 year-old kid whom Scott Boras will try to have moved to Andorra or something in order to make him a free agent constitutes “entitlement.”

Congratulations, Nationals, you did it! Now all that is left is for Adam Dunn to hit two homers so he can finish with an even 40 for the fifth season in a row and the season will have been an unequivocal success!

  1. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Sep 29, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Actually, the tie breaker is the previous season’s record, not the head-to-head record:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_Draft

  2. Sweepstakes and Contests - Mar 3, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    thanks !! very helpful post!

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