Power Rankings: All about American flags

Tim Brown
Yahoo! Sports

The final rankings of the season. Or, pretty much how I had it from the start.

Week 26:

New York
New York

1. New York Yankees (102-57; Previous: 1) – Yanks finish strong, prep for playoffs by resting starters, reviewing scouting reports, brushing up on sophomoric Swisher handshakes.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

2. Los Angeles Angels (94-64; Previous: 3) – Game plan against Red Sox includes dressing up like Yankees, talking with funny Bronx accents.


Boston
Boston

3. Boston Red Sox (91-67; Previous: 2) – Red Sox eye division series against Angels, admit it sort of feels like they're already up, two games to none.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

4. Philadelphia Phillies (92-66; Previous: 4) – Manuel says, “I don't want to shoot Lidge,” admits a little neck-wringing might make him feel better though.


St. Louis
St. Louis

5. St. Louis Cardinals (90-68; Previous: 5) – Cards clinch at Coors Field, celebrate by stuffing entire team, three umpires and two waitresses from Giggling Grizzly saloon into humidor.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (93-66; Previous: 6) – Torre goes to playoffs for 14th consecutive season, Steinbrenners can't believe how lucky that guy gets every year.


Colorado
Colorado

7. Colorado Rockies (90-68; Previous: 7) – La Russa claims Coors Field mounds seem to be different sizes; local experts say that is totally natural and nothing to be embarrassed about.


Atlanta
Atlanta

8. Atlanta Braves (86-72; Previous: 11) – Braves finish with four against Nats, who say they'll play those games with all precision of mid-season games. Rockies, of course, afraid of that.


Detroit
Detroit

9. Detroit Tigers (85-73; Previous: 12) – Porcello grows beard, explains Leyland hasn't taught him how to shave yet.


Minnesota
Minnesota

10. Minnesota Twins (82-76; Previous: 13) – Twins bid farewell to Metrodome, city deflates ballpark and puts it back into toy chest.


Texas
Texas

11. Texas Rangers (85-73; Previous: 8) – Rangers eliminated despite improvement in pitching, Ryan shows appreciation by having pitchers carry bus to airport.


San Francisco
San Francisco

12. San Francisco Giants (85-73; Previous: 9) – Neukom preps for Lincecum negotiations, starts by offering Zito's locker, parking space.


Florida
Florida

13. Florida Marlins (85-74; Previous: 10) – Season dies when Fish shut out by Mets, had expected total Misch mash.


Chicago
Chicago

14. Chicago Cubs (82-76; Previous: 16) – Hendry selling off Bradley: First to offer one run producer or six different personalities gets him.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

15. Tampa Bay Rays (82-76; Previous: 15) – Rays believe Burrell is such a good player he can beat them from either dugout.


Seattle
Seattle

16. Seattle Mariners (82-76; Previous: 14) – On a roll before series against Blue Jays, M's bummed to discover their mojo impounded at border. Blowers, of course, knew it would happen.


San Diego
San Diego

17. San Diego Padres (74-85; Previous: 18) – Moorad promises more giveaways. Fans think maybe start with farm system, hitting coach.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

18. Milwaukee Brewers (77-81; Previous: 17) – Brewers pitchers last in the league in average velocity. PR guy does his part, vows to switch trade-out agreement from KIA to BMW.


Chicago
Chicago

19. Chicago White Sox (77-82; Previous: 19) – Sox fall out of it, Ozzie debates whether to break the news to Obama before the Denmark trip or when he returns.


Toronto
Toronto

20. Toronto Blue Jays (75-84; Previous: 22) – J.P. announces, realistically, Jays won't ever be able to compete in wealthy AL East. Yes, that would be known as ingesting the cyanide pill.


Oakland
Oakland

21. Oakland A's (75-83; Previous: 20) – This would be the part in the Moneyball movie where the A's show serious promise, get girl, drive off into sunset.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

22. Cincinnati Reds (76-82; Previous: 23) – Reds have big September, pretty sure they're going to get some kind of pennant for this.


Houston
Houston

23. Houston Astros (73-85; Previous: 21) – In a very strange season, perhaps it's only fitting that Bazardo wins out in end.


Arizona
Arizona

24. Arizona Diamondbacks (68-90; Previous: 25) – Webb prefers the Dbacks pick up his option. Dbacks prefer their pitchers with working shoulders.


Kansas City
Kansas City

25. Kansas City Royals (65-94; Previous: 24) – Jim Rice underwhelmed by Greinke, also shakes fist at loud kids down block, keeps all stray balls that land in his yard.


New York
New York

26. New York Mets (67-92; Previous: 27) – Valentine not saying he's waiting for Mets to call, but new toll-free number is 888-GET-BOBBY.


Baltimore
Baltimore

27. Baltimore Orioles (60-98; Previous: 26) – Baltimore Sun asks, “Would you bring back Trembley?” Overwhelming response: “Who's Trembley?”


Cleveland
Cleveland

28. Cleveland Indians (65-93; Previous: 28) – Wedge fired, will manage final four games, admits at this point he probably needs to win all of them.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

29. Pittsburgh Pirates (61-97; Previous: 29) – The more he thinks about it, the more John Russell feels Larsen didn't get the love he deserved after Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, thinks Stengel should have removed him before pitching to Dale Mitchell.


Washington
Washington

30. Washington Nationals (55-103; Previous: 30) – Now that the Lions have won, Nats figure their turn coming.


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