Of the 16 teams left:
- Four are from 1987, obviously. (The 1987 teams were segregated into the Ringo bracket.)
- Six are from 1969
- Six are from 2009.
The 1969 teams won four of the six second-round head-to-head series with 2009 teams. There will be just two such series in the third round, both featuring a pair of genuine win-it-all contenders: the 69 Twins vs. the 09 Angels and the 09 Red Sox vs. the 69 Orioles. For the tournament as a whole, 1969 teams have won 14 head-to-heads, 2009 16.
- Nine are American League teams
- seven are National League teams
- Seven won more than 90 games
- Two won more than 100
- Three had losing records
The 09 Yankees have yet to face a team with a winning record, and (presuming they keep winning) won't until the final four. The 69 Orioles also haven't faced a winning club through the first two rounds, but will meet a very strong 09 Red Sox team in the third round. The 09 Reds, the Yankees' third round opponent, are the one team left that hasn't faced a sub-.500 club.
The tournament began with 25 franchises represented. Fifteen had three entries, from 1969, 1987 and 2009; nine had two entries, from 1969 and 2009; and one, the Blue Jays, had one, for 1987. Forty-eight series later, 11 franchises have been eliminated completely -- Expos/Nationals (three teams); Mets; Pirates (three); Indians; Senators/Rangers (three); Tigers (three); Braves (three); Padres (three); Athletics; Phillies; and Royals (three). Two franchises, the Twins and Giants, have two versions in the third round.