Want a daily chuckle in the sports section for the next two weeks? Head to the Scoreboard page and check out the standings in the International League South. You’ve never seen anything like it.
The Gwinnett Braves, Charlotte Knights, Norfolk Tides and Durham Bulls are chugging their way to the finish line of what probably ranks as the most ungodly division race in minor-league history. The Bisons are fifth in the IL North – and they’re going to finish with a better record than every team in the South.
It looks like none of the four South teams will even win 70 games in the 144-game schedule. Gwinnett entered the weekend in first place − with a 55-69 record. Yes, 14 games under .500 was good for the lead.
Norfolk, the Baltimore affiliate, roared into contention by going 18-8 over a 26-game stretch in late July and into August. On July 22, the Tides were 37-63. Who goes from 26 games under .500 to one game out of first place in less than a month? It happened here.
Say this for these four bumbling units: They’re bunched tight, just two games apart. Somebody has to win this thing.