The Cincinnati Reds won the Chub Feeney League once again in 2012, making themselves the only Chub Feeney winner in the first three years of the competition. With the league expanding in 2013, the Reds will go down as the only club to win the Chub Feeney in its six-team configuration.
By BILL PETERSON
Big Leagues in Los Angeles
For the third straight season, the Cincinnati Reds won the Chub Feeney League. They will, in fact, go into the books as the only team to win the Chub Feeney under its six-team configuration.
The Chub Feeney League will be almost unrecognizable in 2013. Because the Houston Astros are being moved from the National League to the American League, they also are being moved from the Chub Feeney League to the Joe Cronin League. That gives the Cronin seven teams and the Feeney only five, so an expansion will be necessary. For 2013, the Feeney League will add the Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres.
The St. Louis Cardinals finished 2½ games behind the Reds. Both teams went to the NL playoffs that year, but they did not face each other, or the Cards would have had an opportunity to win the league under the wire.