The Dominican Summer League is holding its All-Star game today, and most clubs have played exactly half of their schedule now. The Pirates1 have a 17-19 record at the break, while the Pirates2 are 14-21, needing to make up one postponed game during the second half. Neither club is close to a playoff spot at this point. The Pirates1 trail by seven games, tied for fourth in their division. The Pirates2 are nine games back, trailing by 9.5 games. So playoffs seem unlikely for both clubs.

I've talked to many players in the DSL over the years and the playoffs are extremely important to them. To fans though, it's not such a big deal. Just a handful of extra boxscores to check out. Besides, there are teams like the Orioles who have zero prospects in the league, but they are running out a pitch...

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