In 1999, the veteran Texas Rangers were in the process of winning their third division title in four seasons while a young an improving Oakland Athletic team stayed close. The Rangers eventually secured another postseason date with the New York Yankees by defeating the scrappy A's at The Ballpark in Arlington. The A's, with a young rotation of little known guys like Tim Hudson and young hitters Miguel Tejada and Jason Giambi, finished the season eight games behind the Rangers. Does this sound familiar? It sounds an awful lot like the 2009 Rangers. The 1999 Rangers were once again swept in the first round by the Yankees while the A's carried some momentum into the offseason. In the 2000 season, those same Oakland A's battled the Seattle Mariners down to the wire, winning the division by a h ...
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