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Loser League: September

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 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 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    

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Loser League: Division Series

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:   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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Loser League: League "Championship" Series

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.

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Loser League: Loser Series

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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