On the evening of Sept. 16, 2014, the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals both clinched Eastern Division titles.
It was the first American League East championship for the Orioles since 1997. It was the Nationals' second National League East title in their 10-season history.
Both teams were knocked out of the playoffs by World Series-bound teams — the Orioles falling to Kansas City and the Nationals eliminated by eventual champion San Francisco — to deny any chance of a Beltway World Series. But it was still a very good season for both.
A year later, both teams will watch the playoffs from home while dealing with internal dissension that could...