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NL East Update: The one where Ozzie says “So Long” to South Side, now heading to South Beach

Ozzie Guillen managed his final game for the Chicago White Sox last night following a trade that sent him to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Osvaldo Martinez and a minor league pitcher.

Wow, what a tumultuous eight-year tenure it was in the south side of Chicago. If Ozzie was going to go anywhere, it was Florida, it just makes too much sense for him not to. Guillen will eventually put the Marlins back on the map, whether it’s by their performance on the field or by Ozzie’s explicative’s has yet to be determined…

The Atlanta Braves wild-card lead is down to just one game over the St. Louis Cardinals. With two games against the Philadelphia Phillies left on their schedule, can they pull it together and hold off Albert Pujols and the rest of the Red Birds?

There’s nothing better then a playoff race in the final days of the season, but don’t tell that to an Atlanta Braves fan. The Braves, who are playing the Phillies in the final two games, probably think they got an unfair draw as the Cardinals are finishing up against the Houston Astros, who are the proud owners of the worst record in baseball. At this point, you can’t be too confident with the Braves even if they do qualify.

For the first time since 1977, the Philadelphia Phillies have a 100-win season.

It’s only appropriate that the Phillies will finish with at least 100 wins this year. With the pitching staff they put together and veteran players like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley who are no stranger to the big stage, it would have been an injustice to the game of baseball had the finished with anything short of the century mark. Everyone expected them to do it, so it’s refreshing to see that they lived up to that expectation.

Jose Reyes, Ryan Braun, and Matt Kemp are in the midst of one of the closest batting title races of all time! Can the Mets shortstop give the Amazins’ their first ever batting champ?

The Mets are notorious for never having thrown a no-hitter or having a bating title champ in their entire 49-year history. This could very well be Reyes’ last year with the Mets and the fans would love nothing more than for him to go out with this accolade.

The Washington Nationals have a short list of candidates for their managerial search that will be in full swing this off-season.

Honestly, I don’t see anyone internally or externally who I would want managing the Nationals next season. Bo Porter and Randy Knorr will eventually get jobs somewhere, but I’ve never been a fan of hiring managers with no experience. With Ozzie Guillen landing in Florida, the Nationals will take a serious look at Porter, Knorr, and Trent Jewett, the current first base coach for the Nats, however I would like to see Washignton branch out of the organization a little more in the search, even if the picking is thin.

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