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Entries on 31-March 09

entry Mar 31 2009, 07:28 PM
Oh ya I still need to complete this. The Loser League goes out with a whimper which should have been expected.

1988 Atlanta Braves def. 1988 Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 0

Game 1: Braves 5, ORIOLES 3
Game 2: Braves 11, ORIOLES 1
Game 3: BRAVES 5, Orioles 4
Game 4: BRAVES 5, Orioles 4 10 innings

The series ended on a Gerald Perry RBI single off of Tom Neidenfuer (man never count on this guy in the postseason) to complete the sweep and crown the 1988 Baltimore Orioles as the Worst Team of My Lifetime. Congratulations guys!


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Entries on 28-March 09

entry Mar 28 2009, 11:01 AM
1982 Minnesota Twins def. 1988 Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 2

Game 1: Twins 6, ORIOLES 4 10 innings
Game 2: Twins 3, ORIOLES 2
Game 3: TWINS 7, Orioles 1
Game 4: Orioles 7, TWINS 5
Game 5: Orioles 6, TWINS 2
Game 6: Twins 7, ORIOLES 2

After dropping their first six games of the postseason the '88 Orioles made a spirited comeback but all it meant was that they forced their fans to see another home game. Eddie Murray may be in the Hall of Fame but he takes Least Valuable Player honors in this series he scrapes together only 2 hits in 25 at bats.

1981 Chicago Cubs def. 1988 Atlanta Braves 4 games to 2

Game 1: BRAVES 7, Cubs 4
Game 2: Cubs 7, BRAVES 4
Game 3: Braves 5, CUBS 3 12 innings
Game 4: CUBS 2, Braves 1 10 innings
Game 5: CUBS 4, Braves 3
Game 6: Cubs 3, BRAVES 0

The Cubs once again can't even win the big one as they eliminate themselves from the Loser League setting an all 1988 match-up to crown the worst team of my lifetime. After hitting .480 against the Padres in the previous round, Ron Gant takes the LVP by hitting .115 and committing three errors which reminds you why he was moved to the outfield.

Entries on 25-March 09

entry Mar 25 2009, 07:59 PM
It's playoff time for the Loser League and remember it will be loser advances. There's only one Losertober!

1979 Oakland A's def. 1988 Baltimore Orioles 3 games to 0

Game 1: A'S 24, Orioles 4
Game 2: A'S 11, Orioles 3
Game 3: A's 7, ORIOLES 3

That Game 1 score is not a misprint as this series reminds you why Baltimore lost 21 games to start the 1988 season. Baltimore's team ERA for the series was 14.40 as the A's hit .374 as a team. No word yet if Cal Ripken will request to pull himself out of the line up for the next series.

1979 Toronto Blue Jays def. 1982 Minnesota Twins 3 games to 1

Game 1: TWINS 6, Blue Jays 1
Game 2: Blue Jays 3, TWINS 0
Game 3: BLUE JAYS 7, Twins 6
Game 4: BLUE JAYS 5, Twins 4

Do you believe in miracles, eh? The '79 Blue Jays were the only team to top 100 losses in the Loser League and were the runaway favorite to take the title entering the postseason but they shock the world but beating the '82 Twins. The Jays mounted a five run 8th inning comeback in the deciding Game 4 to send the Twins to the Loser Championship Series and many of their players to suicide.

1998 Florida Marlins def. 1981 Chicago Cubs 3 games to 2

Game 1: Marlins 4, CUBS 1
Game 2: CUBS 10, Marlins 6
Game 3: MARLINS 5, Cubs 4 12 innings
Game 4: Cubs 5, MARLINS 1
Game 5: Marlins 6, CUBS 4

Cubs' fans this might be your year! No team was happier that two months of the 1981 season was wiped out by a player's strike than the Cubs and it almost seems cruel to make them keep playing. I don't know if Bartman stole a foul ball from Steve Henderson in the deciding game.

1981 San Diego Padres def. 1988 Atlanta Braves 3 games to 2

Game 1: Braves 4, PADRES 2
Game 2: Braves 6, PADRES 4 11 innings
Game 3: Padres 8, BRAVES 3
Game 4: Padres 4, BRAVES 2
Game 5: PADRES 9, Braves 8 18 innings

Go Braves! After dropping two at home the Padres make a remarkable comeback and in Game 5 defeated the Braves in an 18 inning classic or really 6 hours and 26 minutes of torture if you had watch these two teams play. The game ended on an Ozzie Smith RBI single off rookie Tom Glavine who was forced into the game as a pinch hitter and remained in the game to pitch after the Braves bench and bullpen had been used up. Here's the boxscore:

CODE
BOXSCORE: 1988 Atlanta Braves At 1981 San Diego Padres              10/6/2008

  Braves             AB  R  H RBI AVG     Padres             AB  R  H RBI AVG
  R.Gant 3B           7  1  2  1 .480     O.Smith SS          9  2  3  1 .278  
  D.James LF          9  2  3  2 .304     R.Jones CF          6  0  1  1 .167  
  G.Perry 1B          7  0  1  1 .167     J.Curtis P          0  0  0  0 ----  
  D.Murphy RF         7  1  1  2 .238   N-S.Swisher PH        1  0  0  0 .000  
  O.Virgil C          9  2  4  1 .348     S.Mura P            0  0  0  0 .000  
  A.Thomas SS         8  1  2  0 .120   P-D.Gwosdz PH         1  0  1  01.000  
  M.Lemke 2B          3  0  1  0 .357     C.Welsh P           0  0  0  0 .500  
A-J.Blauser PH        1  0  1  1 .286     G.Richards LF       9  2  3  0 .261  
B-L.Smith PR          0  1  0  0 .250     T.Kennedy C         8  1  4  2 .346  
E-J.Royster 2B        5  0  1  0 .200     B.Perkins 1B        6  0  1  1 .125  
  T.Blocker CF        7  0  1  0 .222   K-J.Moreno 1B         2  1  1  0 .500  
  R.Mahler P          3  0  0  0 .000     J.Lefebvre RF       7  2  2  0 .188  
C-P.Runge PH          0  0  0  0 ----     L.Salazar 3B        7  0  3  2 .476  
D-A.Hall PH           0  0  0  0 .167     J.Bonilla 2B        5  0  2  1 .500  
  G.Jimenez P         0  0  0  0 ----   M-T.Flannery PH,2B    2  0  0  0 .200  
F-B.Benedict PH       1  0  0  0 .000     J.Eichelberger P    3  0  0  0 .000  
  J.Alvarez P         0  0  0  0 ----     D.Boone P           0  0  0  0 ----  
H-T.Simmons PH        1  0  0  0 .500     J.Urrea P           1  0  0  0 .000  
  C.Puleo P           0  0  0  0 ----     T.Lollar P          0  0  0  0 ----  
  P.Assenmacher P     0  0  0  0 ----   G-B.Evans PH          1  0  1  0 .385  
L-J.Acker PH,P        1  0  1  01.000     J.Littlefield P     0  0  0  0 ----  
  B.Sutter P          0  0  0  0 ----     G.Lucas P           0  0  0  0 ----  
O-T.Glavine PH,P      1  0  0  0 .000   I-R.Bass PH           0  0  0  0 .000  
                                        J-D.Edwards PH,CF     3  1  2  1 .308  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      70  8 18  8                 Totals      71  9 24  9

A-Pinch Hit For Lemke In 8th Inning
B-Pinch Ran For Blauser In 8th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Mahler In 8th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Runge In 8th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (2B) For Smith In 8th Inning
F-Pinch Hit For Jimenez In 9th Inning
G-Pinch Hit For Lollar In 11th Inning
H-Pinch Hit For Alvarez In 12th Inning
I-Pinch Hit For Lucas In 13th Inning
J-Pinch Hit For Bass In 13th Inning
K-Subbed Defensively (1B) For Perkins In 15th Inning
L-Pinch Hit For Assenmacher In 15th Inning
M-Pinch Hit For Bonilla In 15th Inning
N-Pinch Hit For Curtis In 15th Inning
O-Pinch Hit For Sutter In 17th Inning
P-Pinch Hit For Mura In 17th Inning

INJURY: Broderick Perkins INJURED (for 0 more games) in 14th inning

Braves.......... 1 0 1  0 0 0  0 3 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 2  -  8 18  1
Padres.......... 1 1 2  0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  1 0 3  -  9 24  2

Braves (2-3)             IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
R.Mahler                  7      12   5   4   0   3   0 109   3.75
G.Jimenez                 1       0   0   0   1   0   0  24   5.68
J.Alvarez                 3       1   0   0   2   3   0  48   4.00
C.Puleo                   1 1/3   1   0   0   0   0   0  20   5.40
P.Assenmache              1 2/3   1   0   0   2   2   0  38   0.00
J.Acker                   0 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   0  12   0.00
B.Sutter                  1 1/3   3   1   1   2   2   0  31   3.00
T.Glavine LOSS(0-1)       1 2/3   5   3   3   1   0   0  39   5.40
Totals                   17 2/3  24   9   8   8  10   0

Padres (3-2)             IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
J.Eichelberg              7       7   4   4   3   4   1 134   3.75
D.Boone HOLD(2nd)         0 1/3   1   1   1   0   1   0   8   3.86
J.Urrea BS(1st)           1 1/3   2   0   0   2   0   0  30   0.00
T.Lollar                  2 1/3   1   0   0   0   3   0  34   0.00
J.Littlefiel              0 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   4   7.36
G.Lucas                   1 2/3   0   0   0   0   3   0  20   0.00
J.Curtis                  2       3   0   0   0   0   0  25   2.45
S.Mura                    2       1   1   1   0   1   1  33   4.91
C.Welsh WIN(1-0)          1       3   2   2   0   0   1  21   6.43
Totals                   18      18   8   8   5  12   3

ATTENDANCE- 24,996 DATE- Monday, October 6th 2008 TIME- Night WEATHER- Average
T- 6:26
LEFT ON BASE- Braves:17  Padres:19
DOUBLE PLAYS- Braves: 0  Padres: 1
ERRORS- R.Mahler, O.Smith, L.Salazar
DOUBLES- O.Virgil(2nd), O.Smith(1st), R.Jones(3rd), T.Kennedy(3rd),
         J.Moreno(1st), J.Bonilla(3rd)
TRIPLES- D.Edwards(1st)
HOME RUNS- D.James(1st), D.Murphy(1st), O.Virgil(1st)
STOLEN BASES- R.Gant-2(5th), D.James(2nd), G.Richards(1st), L.Salazar(1st),
              D.Edwards(1st)
CAUGHT STEALING- G.Richards, J.Bonilla
SACRIFICE HITS- R.Gant, L.Salazar
SACRIFICE FLIES- R.Gant, D.Murphy, T.Kennedy, L.Salazar
WALKS- G.Perry-2, D.Murphy, A.Thomas, T.Blocker, O.Smith, R.Jones, B.Perkins,
       J.Lefebvre-2, J.Bonilla, T.Flannery, D.Edwards
HIT BY PITCH- A.Hall
STRIKE OUTS- R.Gant-2, D.James, G.Perry, D.Murphy-2, O.Virgil-3, A.Thomas,
             T.Blocker, R.Mahler, O.Smith, R.Jones, G.Richards, T.Kennedy,
             J.Moreno, J.Lefebvre, L.Salazar, J.Eichelberger-2, D.Edwards
GIDP- T.Blocker

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Entries on 20-March 09

entry Mar 20 2009, 11:51 AM
Ohhhhhhh what a finish! Okay not really as all races were decided before the last day of the season. But we did have a surprise as the '03 Tigers, losers of 119 games, will not advance to the postseason as they were beat out by the '88 Orioles for the Loser Card. All the division races went to those who have been "leading" most of the year. Here are your A.L. playoff match-ups.

'88 Orioles vs. '79 A's
'79 Blue Jays vs. '82 Twins

And let's recognize those who were the best of the Loser League on the A.L. side.

C: Jeff Newman, '79 A's
1B: Eddie Murray, '88 Orioles
2B: Bobby Grich, '80 Angels
3B: Carney Lansford, '80 Angels
SS: Cal Ripken, '88 Orioles
LF: Albert Belle, '91 Indians
CF: Roberto Kelly, '90 Yankees
RF: Emil Brown, '05 Royals
SP: Roger Clemens, '92 Red Sox
RP: Mark Clear, '80 Angels

FINAL STANDINGS/LEADERS
CODE
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
1990 NYA  93  69    R.Carew   LAA .339  E.Murray  BAA   40  A.Belle   CLA  124
1992 BOA  87  75    E.Brown   KCA .337  A.Belle   CLA   38  E.Brown   KCA  116
2002 TBA  84  78    T.Long    KCA .334  K.Maas    NYA   36  E.Murray  BAA  114
1988 BAA  74  88    R.Kelly   NYA .334  K.Hrbek   MNA   35  C.Baerga  CLA  112
1979 TOA  59 103    K.Hrbek   MNA .332  C.Ripken  BAA   32  OTHERS TIED W  105

1989 CHA  86  76    WINS                SAVES               ERA
1991 CLA  82  80    R.Clemens BOA   19  T.Niedenf BAA   36  R.Clemens BOA 2.13
2005 KCA  81  81    F.Tanana  LAA   16  E.Yan     TBA   29  C.Hough   TEA 2.18
2003 DEA  75  87    C.Hough   TEA   15  B.Thigpen CHA   28  F.Viola   BOA 2.76
1982 MNA  69  93    G.Swindel CLA   15  G.Harris  TEA   27  D.Aase    LAA 2.89
                    OTHERS TIED W   14  M.Macdoug KCA   24  F.Bannist SEA 2.95
1980 LAA 100  62
1985 TEA  83  79    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1980 SEA  76  86    K.Witt    DEA   12  A.Sanchez DEA   65  R.Clemens BOA  226
1979 OAA  69  93    D.Slaught TEA    9  R.Kelly   NYA   63  T.Underwo TOA  201
                    E.Murray  BAA    8  A.Cole    CLA   50  F.Bannist SEA  187
                    M.Lewis   CLA    8  O.Guillen CHA   41  D.Darwin  BOA  170
                    OTHERS TIED W    7  OTHERS TIED W   38  G.Swindel CLA  169


The '81 Cubs reversed the curse of the goat! Most of the season it was the '91 Astros and '85 Pirates fighting over the bottom of the N.L. Central but the Cubs blew past them with a clutch September record of 4-21 and ending the season on a 13 game losing streak! Truly remarkable. No surprises in the other races as the '98 Marlins did eventually pass up the '88 Braves for the league's worst record but as expected the Loser Card comes out of the East. Here are your N.L. playoff match-ups.

'88 Braves vs. '81 Padres
'98 Marlins vs. '81 Cubs

Here's the All-NL Loser League team.

C: Craig Biggio, '91 Astros
1B: Eddie Murray, '93 Mets
2B: Jeff Kent, '93 Mets
3B: Scott Rolen, '00 Phillies
SS: Jay Bell, '98 Diamondbacks
LF: Bernard Gilkey, '95 Cardinals
CF: Ray Lankford, '95 Cardinals
RF: Bobby Bonilla, '93 Mets
SP: Mike Krukow, '85 Giants
RF: Gregg Olson, '98 Diamondbacks

FINAL STANDINGS/LEADERS
CODE
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
1993 NYN  94  68    A.Galarra CON .379  R.Lankfor SLN   39  S.Rolen   PHN  134
2008 WAN  90  72    J.Mabry   SLN .359  B.Bonilla NYN   38  R.Lankfor SLN  123
2000 PHN  88  74    C.Biggio  HON .336  E.Murray  NYN   33  D.Bichett CON  110
1988 ATN  66  96    B.Gilkey  SLN .325  S.Rolen   PHN   33  E.Karros  LAN  108
1998 FLN  63  99    C.Guzman  WAN .325  E.Karros  LAN   31  OTHERS TIED W  104

1995 SLN  99  63    WINS                SAVES               ERA
1982 CIN  89  73    M.Krukow  SFN   21  M.Dejean  MLN   45  M.Krukow  SFN 2.07
2002 MLN  85  77    G.Rusch   MLN   18  G.Olson   ARN   42  R.Reusche PIN 2.48
1991 HON  75  87    M.Soto    CIN   17  T.Henke   SLN   41  D.Gooden  NYN 2.48
1985 PIN  72  90    R.Reusche PIN   17  S.Garrelt SFN   33  R.Person  PHN 2.64
1981 CHN  67  95    OTHERS TIED W   16  D.Holmes  CON   31  O.Daal    ARN 2.75

1985 SFN  96  66    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1992 LAN  88  74    D.James   ATN   14  B.Butler  LAN   61  M.Soto    CIN  278
1998 ARN  85  77    B.Jordan  SLN   11  V.Coleman NYN   58  D.Gooden  NYN  200
1993 CON  81  81    OTHERS TIED W    9  S.Finley  HON   56  B.Sheets  MLN  200
1981 SDN  74  88                        E.Young   MLN   55  P.Harnisc HON  198
                                        E.Young   CON   51  B.Berenyi CIN  194



Entries on 18-March 09

entry Mar 18 2009, 07:33 PM
With a month left in the season the '79 Blue Jays have an outside chance of losing more games in the Loser League than they did back in 1979. That would truly be an astonishing feat of futility. We finally had a "lead" change in the West as the '80 Mariners eeked by the '79 A's by one game setting up what should be a thrilling finish. The '03 Tigers still cling to the Loser Card by two games over the '88 Orioles.

CODE
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
1990 NYA  79  58    R.Kelly   NYA .339  A.Belle   CLA   36  A.Belle   CLA  109
2002 TBA  75  61    E.Brown   KCA .339  E.Murray  BAA   33  E.Brown   KCA  109
1992 BOA  74  63    R.Carew   LAA .337  K.Maas    NYA   32  J.Barfiel NYA  100
1988 BAA  61  76    A.Huff    TBA .334  K.Hrbek   MNA   31  B.Grich   LAA   92
1979 TOA  47  90    J.Orsulak BAA .329  A.Huff    TBA   27  K.Hrbek   MNA   92

1989 CHA  74  62    WINS                SAVES               ERA
2005 KCA  69  68    F.Tanana  LAA   16  T.Niedenf BAA   30  C.Hough   TEA 2.16
1991 CLA  68  68    R.Clemens BOA   15  E.Yan     TBA   25  R.Clemens BOA 2.27
2003 DEA  59  78    F.Martine LAA   13  G.Harris  TEA   24  F.Martine LAA 2.64
1982 MNA  54  83    C.Hough   TEA   13  B.Thigpen CHA   24  F.Viola   BOA 2.87
                    G.Swindel CLA   13  M.Macdoug KCA   22  D.Aase    LAA 2.88
1980 LAA  86  50
1985 TEA  70  68    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1979 OAA  63  74    A.Sanchez DEA   18  A.Sanchez DEA   53  R.Clemens BOA  197
1980 SEA  62  74    M.Lewis   CLA   13  R.Kelly   NYA   48  T.Underwo TOA  172
                    C.Baerga  CLA   12  A.Cole    CLA   45  F.Bannist SEA  160
                    B.Higgins DEA   12  S.Sax     NYA   36  D.Darwin  BOA  146
                    A.Berroa  KCA   11  OTHERS TIED W   33  M.Perez   CHA  144

YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
CHA  4  at  BOA  5  BAA-Bautist(8-6, 3.24) at BOA-Hesketh(7-5, 3.83)
SEA  3  at  CLA  6  CHA-King(9-8, 3.66) at CLA-Nagy(10-13, 5.22)
KCA  3  at  DEA  8  SEA-Honeycu(9-12, 4.11) at TEA-Hooton(7-5, 5.32)
TEA  2  at  LAA  8
TOA  3  at  NYA 12
MNA  3  at  OAA  4
BAA  1  at  TBA  8

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
B.Higginson   DEA KCA  3  2  1  2  2  1  1  1
W.Morris      DEA KCA  5  2  3  3  0  0  1  0
J.Barfield    NYA TOA  5  1  3  3  0  2  1  0
O.Velez       TOA NYA  3  1  2  1  1  0  1  0
B.Grich       LAA TEA  5  2  2  2  0  2  1  0

PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
D.Heaverlo    OAA MNA  4.0  1  0  0  0  2  0   S
P.Quantrill   BOA CHA  3.1  1  0  0  0  2  0 W  
T.Felton      MNA OAA  3.0  0  0  0  0  1  0    
T.Phelps      TBA BAA  2.2  1  0  0  1  3  0   S
D.Pall        CHA BOA  4.0  2  2  0  3  3  0    

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
C.Pena        DEA .344 32 11  7  8  4  D.Schmidt     TEA  5  1  0  1  4  0 100
K.Maas        NYA .321 28  9  6  5  4  J.Bautista    BAA  9  3  0  1  4  0 100
G.Ward        MNA .462 39 18  7  3  4  B.Milacki     BAA  9  3  0  3 10  0 100
B.Higginson   DEA .371 35 13 10  8  2  D.Heaverlo    OAA 11  5  0  2  7  0 102
E.Brown       KCA .400 35 14 11  2  3  R.Langford    OAA 23 22  4  1 12  1 200

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
R.Velarde     NYA .148 27  4  1  0  0  M.Mason       TEA  6 11 12  7  1  1 010
M.Mendoza     SEA .143 35  5  1  1  0  Z.Greinke     KCA 12 25 15  3  4  5 010
S.Sax         NYA .160 25  4  0  1  0  R.Dressler    SEA 10 20  8  1  3  2 020
R.Washington  MNA .211 38  8  0  0  0  C.Knapp       LAA  7  9  7  4  5  1 010
L.Sheets      BAA .179 28  5  0  1  0  M.Norris      OAA  6  9  7  5  4  2 000

INJURY REPORT
P.Stanicek, Baltimore - 4 more games
D.Pasqua, Chicago (AL) - 3 more games
J.Browne, Cleveland - 11 more games
S.Sax, New York (AL) - 1 more games
E.Munson, Detroit - 6 more games


We have a three dead horse race in the N.L. Central as the '91 Astros pulled ahead of the '85 Pirates but a half game with the '81 Cubs making a late season charge, sitting three games back. Surprising development in the East as the '88 Braves and '98 Marlins haven't complete sucked ass in the last couple of months where there's now a chance the Loser Card might not come out of the division. Could this be a major choke job? And in the West the '93 Rockies are chipping away at the '81 Padres lead, now within three games going into the final month.

CODE
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
2000 PHN  79  58    A.Galarra CON .386  R.Lankfor SLN   36  S.Rolen   PHN  116
1993 NYN  77  60    J.Mabry   SLN .356  B.Bonilla NYN   30  R.Lankfor SLN  111
2008 WAN  71  66    B.Gilkey  SLN .340  S.Rolen   PHN   30  A.Galarra CON   96
1998 FLN  57  81    B.Buckner CHN .339  E.Karros  LAN   28  D.Bichett CON   96
1988 ATN  55  82    S.Rolen   PHN .329  E.Murray  NYN   27  E.Karros  LAN   94

1995 SLN  80  57    WINS                SAVES               ERA
1982 CIN  75  63    M.Krukow  SFN   18  G.Olson   ARN   36  M.Krukow  SFN 1.86
2002 MLN  70  66    R.Reusche PIN   16  M.Dejean  MLN   36  R.Reusche PIN 2.50
1981 CHN  63  74    M.Soto    CIN   15  T.Henke   SLN   33  R.Person  PHN 2.65
1985 PIN  60  76    O.Daal    PHN   14  S.Garrelt SFN   29  D.Gooden  NYN 2.67
1991 HON  60  77    B.Sheets  MLN   14  D.Holmes  CON   28  T.Candiot LAN 2.73

1985 SFN  81  55    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1998 ARN  74  62    E.Karros  LAN   20  B.Butler  LAN   53  M.Soto    CIN  236
1992 LAN  73  64    S.Rolen   PHN   10  E.Young   MLN   51  P.Harnisc HON  178
1993 CON  70  68    B.Jordan  SLN    9  V.Coleman NYN   49  B.Sheets  MLN  173
1981 SDN  66  70    A.Cedeno  HON    8  S.Finley  HON   47  D.Gooden  NYN  168
                    OTHERS TIED W    7  A.Sanchez MLN   43  OTHERS TIED W  160

YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
LAN  2  at  ARN  3  SLN-Morgan(10-5, 3.66) at ARN-Sodowsk(7-3, 4.43)
SFN  4  at  CIN  9  HON-Deshaie(6-12, 5.55) at CHN-Krukow(12-13, 3.55)
NYN  2  at  FLN  3  SFN-Krukow(18-3, 1.86) at CON-Harris(11-11, 4.87)
SLN  6  at  HON  0  ATN-Mahler(9-14, 4.56) at FLN-Larkin(3-6, 5.75)
MLN  5  at  PIN  6  SDN-Wise(6-7, 3.11) at LAN-Hershis(10-9, 4.37)
CON  3  at  SDN  2  NYN-Tanana(8-8, 4.68) at MLN-Quevedo(9-9, 5.43)
ATN  4  at  WAN  3  PHN-Wolf(13-9, 4.04) at WAN-Perez(7-9, 3.79)
PHN  5  at  CHN  4

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
T.Pena        PIN MLN  5  2  4  4  0  1  1  1
A.Trevino     CIN SFN  4  2  2  4  0  0  1  0
L.Smith       ATN WAN  3  2  1  1  1  1  1  1
T.Kennedy     SDN CON  3  1  2  1  0  0  1  0
B.Brenly      SFN CIN  4  1  1  3  0  0  1  0

PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
M.Petkovsek   SLN HON  9.0  3  0  0  0  5  0 W  
T.Glavine     ATN WAN  7.0  3  1  0  2  4  0 W  
L.Hernandez   FLN NYN  8.0  5  2  1  3  7  0 W  
A.Holland     PIN MLN  3.0  2  0  0  0  2  0 W  
D.Capilla     CHN PHN  2.0  0  0  0  1  2  0    

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
T.Pena        PIN .375 32 12 11  3  4  M.Petkovsek   SLN 11  5  0  0  7  0 300
B.Jordan      SLN .300 30  9 10  3  4  R.Delucia     SLN  5  1  0  1  5  0 000
E.Karros      LAN .400 35 14 10  5  3  P.Byrd        PHN  8  4  0  1  8  0 100
D.Strawberry  LAN .500 24 12 10  2  1  V.Padilla     PHN  6  2  0  0  2  0 000
B.Gilkey      SLN .370 27 10  6  6  2  B.Anderson    ARN 13  8  1  0  2  0 100

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
K.Orie        FLN .057 35  2  0  0  0  B.Caudill     CHN  8 21 15  7  9  1 020
J.Clark       CON .214 28  6  0  0  0  J.Sanchez     FLN  8 13 11  7  5  1 020
L.Gonzalez    HON .143 35  5  2  2  0  J.Alvarez     ATN  8 14 12  3  7  2 010
O.Smith       SDN .222 36  8  2  0  0  J.Cabrera     MLN  5 11  7  1  2  2 011
D.Hansen      LAN .179 28  5  2  1  0  C.Puleo       ATN  7 14  9  3  5  0 000

INJURY REPORT
T.Blackwell, Chicago (NL) - 3 more games
R.Jones, San Diego - 3 more games
B.Evans, San Diego - 1 more games
E.Davis, Los Angeles - 1 more games
C.Hayes, Colorado - 2 more games
D.Sheaffer, St. Louis - 8 more games
T.Pagnozzi, St. Louis - 5 more games
G.Zaun, Florida - 3 more games
M.Lieberthal, Philadelphia - 2 more games
A.Sanchez, Milwaukee - 1 more games
A.Kearns, Washington - 14 more games


Now granted the '88 Braves have scraped together some wins lately but they still are the Braves and they are featured in our boxscore of the month for August. They were drubbed by that juggernaut that was the '08 Nationals 18-2 on August 29th as the Nats banged out 24 hits.

CODE
BOXSCORE: 1988 Atlanta Braves At 2008 Washington Nationals          8/29/2008

  Braves             AB  R  H RBI AVG     Nationals          AB  R  H RBI AVG
  J.Morrison 3B       4  0  1  0 .138     W.Harris 2B         6  4  3  2 .260  
  D.James LF          4  0  1  0 .263     C.Guzman SS         6  4  5  1 .319  
  G.Perry 1B          4  1  0  0 .331     D.Young 1B          4  2  2  2 .270  
  D.Murphy RF         3  1  1  0 .241     L.Milledge CF       5  0  5  5 .286  
  A.Thomas SS         4  0  2  0 .261     A.Gonzalez 3B       6  0  0  1 .183  
  O.Virgil C          4  0  2  2 .294     J.Flores C          4  2  2  1 .275  
  A.Hall CF           3  0  0  0 .238     E.Bonifacio RF      4  3  3  0 .305  
  J.Blauser 2B        4  0  1  0 .243     R.Bernadina LF      5  1  2  2 .381  
  K.Coffman P         0  0  0  0 .143     T.Redding P         5  2  2  2 .107  
  C.Puleo P           1  0  0  0 .118     M.Estrada P         0  0  0  0 .000  
A-P.Runge PH          1  0  0  0 .136                                          
  J.Alvarez P         0  0  0  0 .273                                          
B-L.Smith PH          1  0  0  0 .248                                          
  R.Mahler P          0  0  0  0 .045                                          
C-T.Simmons PH        1  0  0  0 .203                                          
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      34  2  8  2                 Totals      45 18 24 16

A-Pinch Hit For Puleo In 5th Inning
B-Pinch Hit For Alvarez In 7th Inning
C-Pinch Hit For Mahler In 9th Inning

Braves.......... 0 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 1  -  2  8  0
Nationals....... 1 5 4  0 5 2  0 1    - 18 24  0

Braves (54-81)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
K.Coffman LOSS(5-4)       1 1/3   5   6   6   2   0   0  45   6.00
C.Puleo                   2 2/3   8   4   4   0   3   0  64   5.60
J.Alvarez                 2       9   7   7   1   2   1  71   4.52
R.Mahler                  2       2   1   1   1   1   0  38   4.56
Totals                    8      24  18  18   4   6   1

Nationals (70-65)        IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
T.Redding WIN(10-7)       8       8   2   2   1   2   0 122   2.88
M.Estrada                 1       0   0   0   0   0   0   5   3.12
Totals                    9       8   2   2   1   2   0

ATTENDANCE- 33,441 DATE- Friday, August 29th 2008 TIME- Night WEATHER- Bad
T- 3:18
LEFT ON BASE- Braves: 7  Nationals: 8
DOUBLE PLAYS- Braves: 2  Nationals: 1
DOUBLES- D.Murphy(41st), C.Guzman(36th), L.Milledge(22nd), J.Flores(17th),
         R.Bernadina(4th)
HOME RUNS- W.Harris(17th)
STOLEN BASES- W.Harris(17th)
SACRIFICE FLIES- L.Milledge
WALKS- A.Hall, D.Young-2, J.Flores, E.Bonifacio
HIT BY PITCH- D.Murphy
STRIKE OUTS- J.Morrison-2, J.Flores-2, R.Bernadina-2, T.Redding-2
GIDP- D.James, A.Gonzalez-2
WILD PITCHES- K.Coffman-2, J.Alvarez
PASSED BALLS- O.Virgil, J.Flores
WEB GEMS- Bot 4th: Jeff Blauser robbed Tim Redding of a base hit.

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entry Mar 11 2009, 08:24 PM
Not a whole lot of movement in the A.L. as the division "leaders" are still the '79 Blue Jays, '82 Twins, and '79 A's with the '03 Tigers holding down the Loser Card spot. Only in the Loser League could Emil Brown lead the league in RBI.

CODE
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
1990 NYA  63  46    A.Huff    TBA .362  A.Belle   CLA   30  E.Brown   KCA   87
2002 TBA  56  52    E.Brown   KCA .343  E.Murray  BAA   26  A.Belle   CLA   83
1992 BOA  56  53    R.Kelly   NYA .342  A.Huff    TBA   24  A.Huff    TBA   82
1988 BAA  49  60    R.Carew   LAA .342  K.Hrbek   MNA   22  J.Barfiel NYA   80
1979 TOA  37  71    T.Long    KCA .329  K.Maas    NYA   22  B.Grich   LAA   77

1989 CHA  59  49    WINS                SAVES               ERA
2005 KCA  60  50    F.Tanana  LAA   14  T.Niedenf BAA   24  C.Hough   TEA 1.70
1991 CLA  51  57    C.Hough   TEA   13  G.Harris  TEA   19  R.Clemens BOA 2.39
2003 DEA  46  63    R.Clemens BOA   12  B.Thigpen CHA   19  G.Swindel CLA 2.96
1982 MNA  41  67    F.Martine LAA   11  E.Yan     TBA   19  F.Martine LAA 2.99
                    T.Sturtze TBA   11  M.Macdoug KCA   19  R.Langfor OAA 3.04
1980 LAA  71  37
1985 TEA  56  53    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1980 SEA  51  57    R.Kelly   NYA   19  R.Kelly   NYA   41  R.Clemens BOA  160
1979 OAA  47  60    C.Fisk    CHA   16  A.Sanchez DEA   41  F.Bannist SEA  135
                    D.Young   DEA   12  A.Cole    CLA   32  T.Underwo TOA  133
                    S.Sax     NYA    9  S.Sax     NYA   31  D.Darwin  BOA  117
                    A.Sanchez DEA    9  J.Cruz    SEA   29  C.Hough   TEA  116

YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
DEA  5  at  CLA  1  OAA-McCatty(5-7, 3.44) at BOA-Viola(9-9, 3.17)
CHA 10  at  MNA  0  CHA-Hibbard(6-7, 4.15) at KCA-Greinke(7-7, 6.17)
LAA  5  at  NYA  6  CLA-King(7-9, 4.71) at MNA-William(6-9, 6.13)
SEA  3  at  TEA  4  LAA-Martine(11-0, 2.99) at NYA-Cary(3-7, 3.80)
                    BAA-Ballard(6-6, 3.95) at SEA-Abbott(8-8, 3.45)
                    DEA-Maroth(10-7, 5.32) at TBA-Sturtze(11-4, 4.28)
                    TOA-Underwo(9-12, 4.28) at TEA-Hough(13-5, 1.70)

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
B.Bochte      SEA TEA  4  1  3  2  0  0  1  0
D.Gallagher   CHA MNA  0  2  0  0  4  0  0  0
B.Grich       LAA NYA  4  1  1  2  1  2  1  0
C.Fisk        CHA MNA  5  1  3  4  0  1  0  0
C.Monroe      DEA CLA  4  1  1  2  0  0  1  0

PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
E.King        CHA MNA  9.0  7  0  0  2  4  0 W  
E.Plunk       NYA LAA  4.0  1  0  0  3  7  0    
D.Righetti    NYA LAA  0.2  0  0  0  0  2  0 W  
M.Sarmiento   SEA TEA  2.0  1  0  0  1  3  0    
D.Schmidt     TEA SEA  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  0   S

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
T.Armas       OAA .281 32  9 10  3  4  A.Sisco       KCA  5  1  0  0  5  0 000
B.Grieve      TBA .343 35 12 11  6  3  G.Harris      TEA  5  0  0  3  8  0 101
C.Fisk        CHA .459 37 17 14  3  2  R.Clemens     BOA 18 10  1  5 16  0 200
S.Cox         TBA .429 21  9  6  4  1  G.Cadaret     NYA 15  5  1  6 12  0 201
R.Johnson     MNA .318 22  7  4  4  2  J.Kennedy     TBA 17 10  1  1  9  0 110

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
C.Wilkerson   TEA .114 35  4  2  1  0  R.Hernandez   KCA  9 14 14  6  3  6 020
J.Browne      CLA .120 25  3  2  1  0  B.Havens      MNA 12 25 16  2  8  2 020
G.Wright      TEA .167 30  5  0  3  0  J.Tibbs       BAA  6 11  9  5  6  0 020
O.Guillen     CHA .212 33  7  1  1  0  D.Carrasco    KCA  7 10  8  6  2  2 020
E.Williams    CHA .182 22  4  0  3  0  P.Huffman     TOA  6 16 10  5  5  0 110

INJURY REPORT
D.Murphy, Oakland - 9 more games
M.Edwards, Oakland - 3 more games
B.Campaneris, California - 6 more games
J.Cruz, Seattle - 6 more games
J.Anderson, Seattle - 5 more games
M.Tettleton, Baltimore - 5 more games
S.Lyons, Chicago (AL) - 3 more games
T.Hall, Tampa Bay - 3 more games
C.Pena, Detroit - 2 more games
B.Higginson, Detroit - 11 more games
E.Kingsale, Detroit - 4 more games


In the N.L. the only change was the '98 Marlins finally wrestled away the bottom of the N.L. East away from the '88 Braves although still both are very much on their way to postseason. The '81 Padres are only five games under .500 yet have now built a six and a half game "lead" in the West over the '93 Rockies but if you are under .500 in this league you really do suck.

CODE
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
2000 PHN  62  46    A.Galarra CON .386  R.Lankfor SLN   34  S.Rolen   PHN  100
1993 NYN  60  49    J.Mabry   SLN .367  S.Rolen   PHN   26  R.Lankfor SLN   95
2008 WAN  57  51    C.Biggio  HON .343  B.Bonilla NYN   25  D.Bichett CON   81
1988 ATN  42  66    B.Gilkey  SLN .341  E.Karros  LAN   24  C.Cedeno  CIN   75
1998 FLN  42  68    B.Butler  LAN .340  E.Murray  NYN   23  E.Karros  LAN   75

1995 SLN  61  50    WINS                SAVES               ERA
2002 MLN  59  50    B.Sheets  MLN   13  G.Olson   ARN   30  M.Krukow  SFN 1.65
1982 CIN  57  53    R.Reusche PIN   12  M.Dejean  MLN   30  D.Bird    CHN 2.45
1981 CHN  53  56    M.Krukow  SFN   12  T.Henke   SLN   25  J.Jones   HON 2.50
1991 HON  50  57    K.Gross   LAN   12  D.Holmes  CON   23  D.Gooden  NYN 2.51
1985 PIN  49  60    OTHERS TIED W   11  G.Lucas   SDN   22  R.Person  PHN 2.53

1985 SFN  65  42    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
1998 ARN  59  49    J.Ray     PIN   14  E.Young   MLN   42  M.Soto    CIN  174
1992 LAN  59  49    J.Clark   CON   13  V.Coleman NYN   41  P.Harnisc HON  151
1993 CON  59  51    L.Mazzill PIN   11  B.Butler  LAN   40  B.Sheets  MLN  149
1981 SDN  52  57    K.Caminit HON   11  A.Sanchez MLN   37  B.Berenyi CIN  129
                    E.Murray  NYN   11  S.Finley  HON   35  D.Gooden  NYN  129

YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
CHN  5  at  MLN  6  PIN-Rhoden(6-11, 5.53) at CHN-Bird(8-5, 2.45)
SLN  9  at  ATN  0  MLN-Rusch(11-9, 4.30) at ATN-Smith(9-5, 2.72)
CON  5  at  FLN  4  CON-Harris(10-8, 4.75) at FLN-Meadows(5-10, 5.17)
ARN  5  at  LAN  4  NYN-Gooden(7-5, 2.51) at HON-Harnisc(10-8, 3.12)
PHN  1  at  WAN  9  ARN-Anderso(9-7, 3.25) at LAN-Ojeda(4-6, 4.05)
                    PHN-Wolf(11-5, 3.58) at SLN-Osborne(5-3, 3.54)
                    SFN-Krukow(12-3, 1.65) at SDN-Eichelb(5-11, 4.98)
                    CIN-Soto(11-9, 3.37) at WAN-Bergman(8-4, 3.82)

YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
J.Flores      WAN PHN  3  2  2  4  1  0  1  0
T.Blackwell   CHN MLN  3  2  1  3  1  1  1  0
D.White       ARN LAN  4  2  2  1  0  0  1  0
T.Lee         ARN LAN  4  1  1  3  0  1  1  0
G.Zaun        FLN CON  3  1  1  2  0  1  1  0

PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
T.Redding     WAN PHN  9.0  2  1  1  0  4  0 W  
D.Holmes      CON FLN  3.0  1  0  0  1  5  0   S
A.Watson      SLN ATN  8.2  6  0  0  1  1  0 W  
C.Puleo       ATN SLN  2.0  0  0  0  1  3  0    
A.Benes       ARN LAN  5.0  2  2  2  1  2  1 W  

WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
R.Lankford    SLN .325 40 13 15  6  5  C.Politte     PHN  9  2  0  2 14  0 000
T.Blackwell   CHN .286 21  6  5  6  2  M.Mantei      FLN  8  1  0  2  5  0 003
D.Driessen    CIN .323 31 10 11  4  3  J.Parrett     SLN  5  3  0  0  6  0 000
C.Cedeno      CIN .364 33 12 12  2  3  D.Tidrow      CHN  9  5  0  1  8  0 101
P.Householder CIN .310 29  9  8  4  3  J.Gott        SFN 18  8  1  7  9  0 200

WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
J.Orsulak     NYN .156 32  5  1  1  0  K.Coffman     ATN  8  7  9 12  5  1 020
K.Reitz       CHN .208 24  5  0  1  0  M.Portugal    HON  8 19 12  6  7  2 110
M.Trillo      SFN .233 30  7  0  1  0  J.Deshaies    HON  5  7  7  9  1  0 010
K.Jordan      PHN .130 23  3  1  2  0  J.Smoltz      ATN 10 14 10  3  5  2 020
J.Leonard     SFN .171 35  6  3  1  0  O.Daal        PHN 10 14 11  5  9  1 020

INJURY REPORT
T.Fernandez, New York (NL) - 2 more games
T.Pagnozzi, St. Louis - 4 more games
G.Pena, St. Louis - 2 more games
M.Redmond, Florida - 5 more games
D.Lee, Florida - 1 more games
A.Boone, Washington - 2 more games
C.Guzman, Washington - 1 more games


The boxscore of the month for July again features the '82 Twins getting lit up and it was appropriately on the 4th of July this time in a 16-3 drubbing at the hands of the '91 Indians. Starting pitcher John Pacella's line: 5 2/3 IP, 13 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 7 BB, 3 SO. On top of that he was left out there for 142 pitches! He must have fucked Twins manager Billy Gardner's wife or something to be made to suffer like that. Albert Belle hit three home runs for the Tribe.

CODE
BOXSCORE: 1991 Cleveland Indians At 1982 Minnesota Twins             7/4/2008

  Indians            AB  R  H RBI AVG     Twins              AB  R  H RBI AVG
  A.Cole CF           6  1  1  1 .268     M.Hatcher RF        5  1  2  2 .220  
  J.Browne 2B         5  3  3  2 .243     D.Engle LF          4  0  0  0 .288  
  C.Baerga 3B         6  3  4  3 .307     K.Hrbek 1B          4  0  3  0 .353  
  A.Belle LF          5  4  3  6 .326     T.Brunansky CF      4  0  0  0 .300  
  M.Whiten RF         4  1  0  0 .274     G.Gaetti 3B         3  0  1  0 .210  
  C.James DH          6  1  3  2 .257     J.Vega DH           4  0  0  0 .283  
  M.Aldrete 1B        4  0  2  0 .242     T.Laudner C         4  1  1  0 .265  
  J.Skinner C         4  2  1  1 .249     R.Washington SS     4  1  2  1 .308  
  F.Fermin SS         5  1  3  1 .282     J.Castino 2B        4  0  0  0 .275  
                     -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---      
         Totals      45 16 20 16                 Totals      36  3  9  3


Indians......... 2 0 2  2 1 6  2 1 0  - 16 20  0
Twins........... 0 0 0  0 2 1  0 0 0  -  3  9  0

Indians (39-48)          IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
G.Swindell WIN(7-5)       9       9   3   3   1   7   1 144   2.75
Totals                    9       9   3   3   1   7   1

Twins (33-53)            IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA
J.Pacella LOSS(1-2)       5 1/3  13  13  13   7   3   3 142   7.16
P.Redfern                 1       3   2   2   0   0   1  19   4.69
P.Boris                   2 2/3   4   1   1   0   0   0  54   4.54
Totals                    9      20  16  16   7   3   4

ATTENDANCE- 11,478 DATE- Friday, July 4th 2008 TIME- Night
T- 3:25
LEFT ON BASE- Indians: 9  Twins: 7
DOUBLE PLAYS- Indians: 0  Twins: 1
DOUBLES- A.Cole(8th), J.Skinner(15th), K.Hrbek(19th), T.Laudner(23rd)
HOME RUNS- C.Baerga(11th), A.Belle-3(27th), M.Hatcher(2nd)
STOLEN BASES- J.Browne(2nd)
WALKS- J.Browne, A.Belle, M.Whiten-2, M.Aldrete-2, J.Skinner, G.Gaetti
STRIKE OUTS- J.Browne, A.Belle, M.Whiten, K.Hrbek, G.Gaetti, T.Laudner-2,
             R.Washington-2, J.Castino
GIDP- A.Cole

Entries on 8-March 09

entry Mar 8 2009, 01:18 PM
This is something I've wanted to do for a while and have tried a couple of similar lists before but ended abandoning them. I once had an almost completed list for the top 100 players since 1986, which I consider my sports lifetime, but I ran into problems when it came to evaluating players who may have had their peak occur after 1986 but had played several years before 1986. I also felt the list I had compiled was overly subjective and I just simply was not satisfied by my results.

Now of course trying to assemble a list of the top 100 players since 1979 was going to have the same problems. My intention was to only take into account what players have done since 1979 and nothing before. Tom Seaver for example is one of the greatest pitchers of all time but the majority of his career occurred before I was born so it wouldn't make sense to include him on this list. So I decided I would have to have a cut off year which would admittedly eliminate some players who if you considered on their career from 1979 on would warrant placement on this list. But I also want to be able to consider a player's whole career and not just a portion of it.

The cut off I decided on was I would only consider players who's official rookie year was no later than 1978 as I was born on the final scheduled day of the 1978 season (the day before the Bucky F'n Dent game). Now I emphasize their official rookie season as to include players who had cups of coffee in the Majors prior to '78. Now this obviously eliminates some great players who I did grow up watching as a kid but I had to put a cut off year in to real make this manageable. Because of this some of the players you will not see on this list are:

Mike Schmidt
George Brett
Dave Winfield
Eddie Murray
Robin Yount
Dennis Eckersley
Gary Carter

And that's just the Hall of Famers as there's also Andre Dawson, Dave Parker, Dale Murphy, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Evans, and Willie Randolph. I didn't put in a cut off debut year for active players but it ended up being 2001 by default because of 9/11....okay not really, it just kind of worked out that way. If I was just focusing on peak certainly someone like Chase Utley could appear on the list but since career is being considered Utley just wouldn't really fit on this list. That's important to keep in mind when it comes to active players and where they end up on the list. Albert Pujols on peak alone is one of the five best players of my lifetime without a doubt but we don't know if he'll have a serious decline at some point thus he won't be in the Top 5 on this list.

For the statistics I used, I went with Win Shares and Wins Above Replacement (WARP3). I went with them because both are good for career/peak evaluations and both take defense into account, although both have huge flaws when it comes to how they measure defense. To assemble a list of players to put under consideration I used career Win Shares with cut offs of 200 Win Shares for position players, 180 for starting pitchers, and 150 for relievers. I ended up with around 160 players to consider and I ranked them by the players primary position first, grouping designated hitters with first basemen and grouping left and right fielders together, before doing the main list. I will say I wouldn't completely rule that I accidentally left a deserving player off the consideration list who would have made the top 100, in fact I'd say the odds are pretty good.

As mentioned I mentioned part of the problem of prior lists I've tried to do is I felt they were too subjective. This time around though I decided that is almost impossible to not have subjectivity in a list like this. I could have put in several months of research to make this list completely objective but I'm not Bored enough to do that. In fact this list is probably too subjective when it comes down to it as for example I'm not a fan of career closers so don't be shocked but the dearth of closers on this list. I also say that my placement of pitchers in the list is a bit haphazard. I finished the list a few days ago and already thought about making changes but I said "fuck it" I'll just go with what I came up with originally, even if the final list sucks ass. In fact don't even bother looking at it.

Top 100 MLB Players from 1979 - 2008 (#100 - #81)

Disclaimer: If you didn't read anything above, cut off was 1978 rookies.

#100

Ellis Burks, CF

#99

Steve Finley, CF

#98

Bobby Bonilla, 3B/RF

#97

Juan Gonzalez, RF

#96

Lance Parrish, C

#95

Harold Baines, DH/RF

#94

Trevor Hoffman, RP

#93

David Justice, RF

#92

Mark Grace, 1B

#91

Cuck Finley, SP

#90

Eric Davis, CF

#89

Magglio Ordonez, RF

#88

Ken Caminiti, 3B

#87

Chuck Knoblauch, 2B

#86

Andy Pettitte, SP

#85

Andy Van Slyke, CF

#84

Darryl Strawberry, RF

#83

Pedro Guerrero, 1B/OF/3B

#82

Kevin Appier, SP

#81

Todd Helton, 1B

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