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MVP Watch #6/First Half Awards

First half awards, except Manager of the Year which I could careless about. The smart managers are usually smart every year and the dumb managers are usually dumb every year. The award itself is striclty based preseason predictions and who exceeds them.   National League   Starting with the MVP of course in my view it is still Albert Pujols' award to lose but in the view of the baseball writer's it appers to be David Wright's award to lose. If the Mets continue to blow away the rest of the N.L. and Wright continues to hit as his current pace he many win the award rather easiy. As you'll see I don't even consider Wright the best player on his team in the first half. Carlos Beltran is getting zero respect simply because he signed a huge contract and because he underachived last year. You'll hear Jose Reyes' name mentioned for MVP more than Beltran's.   10. Nick Johnson, Nationals .295/.421/.538, 65 RC, .319 EQA, 33.8 VORP, 16 Win Shares   9. Carlos Lee, Brewers .290/.353/.563, 69 RC, .297 EQA, 27.8 VORP, 17 Win Shares   8. Bobby Abreu, Phillies .293/.447/.467, 69 RC, .312 EQA, 27.8 VORP, 17 Win Shares   7. Jose Reyes, Mets .300/.357/.481, 71 RC, .285 EQA, 34.5 VORP, 17 Win Shares   6. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks 183 ERA+, 4.90 K/BB, 1.11 WHIP, 51.2 VORP, 15 Win Shares   5. David Wright, Mets .316/.386/.575, 75 RC, .310 EQA, 36.8 VORP, 17 Win Shares   4. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins .334/.442/.566, 73 RC, .325 EQA, 42.2 VORP, 16 Win Shares   3. Lance Berkman, Astros .317/.405/.607, 77 RC, .320 EQA, 36.9 VORP, 19 Win Shares   2. Carlos Beltran, Mets .279/.388/.606, 69 RC, .315 EQA, 38.7 VORP, 20 Win Shares   1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals .316/.435/.703, 79 RC, .350 EQA, 46.4 VORP, 22 Win Shares   For Cy Young this was a pretty easy choice of Brandon Webb as he's been a cut above the competition all year. Jason Schmidt is not getting any notice because of a 6-5 record but he's been dominant. For 3rd it was a toss up between Chris Capuano and Bronson Arroyo but I gave the nod to Capuano for his K/BB ratio.   3. Chris Capuano, Brewers 141 ERA+, 4.48 K/BB, 1.18 WHIP, 39.0 VORP, 13 Win Shares   2. Jason Schmidt, Giants 163 ERA+, 2.50 K/BB, 1.11 WHIP, 44.4 VORP, 12 Win Shares   1. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks   Rookie of the Year is another fairly easy choice of Dan Uggla although if I had to bet I think Ryan Zimmerman may end up emerging as the top rookie by the end of the year. Prince Fielder has only 8 Win Shares and a .320 OBP in case you were wondering where he is.   3. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins .271/.337/.413, 50 RC, .268 EQA, 19.1 VORP, 10 Win Shares   2. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals .287/.350/.478, 58 RC, .278 EQA, 15.3 VORP, 13 Win Shares   1. Dan Uggla, Marlins .307/.366/.510, 61 RC, .292 EQA, 30.0 VORP, 13 Win Shares   American League   Travis Hafner I think deserves the crown as the most underrated player in baseball now. He's arguably been the best hitter in baseball not named Albert Pujols over the last two and a half years yet he still has yet to make an All-Star team. The race is wide open but Hafner doesn't have a prayer unless the Indians go on another second half run and even then it seems highly unlikely they'll get close enough to the Tigers and White Sox for anyone to really notice. Where's David Ortiz? This was actually the first time all year I even gave consideration to Ortiz but he ended about 12th for me. The writers love him because he's "clutch" yet he's hitting a modest .280 with RISP and of course because he leads the leauge in the almighty RBI. Manny Ramirez is besting him in AVG/OBP/SLG and has hit .303 with RISP.   10. Curtis Granderson, Tigers .278/.367/.462, 64 RC, .285 EQA, 23.1 VORP, 17 Win Shares   9. Carl Crawford, Devil Rays .319/.359/.521, 72 RC, .297 EQA, 28.9 VORP, 17 Win Shares   8. Jason Giambi, Yankees .260/.415/.611, 70 RC, .329 EQA, 33.5 VORP, 15 Win Shares   7. Johan Santana, Twins 155 ERA+, 5.75 K/BB, 1.00 WHIP, 42.9 VORP, 15 Win Shares   6. Derek Jeter, Yankees .345/.427/.462, 68 RC, .314 EQA, 42.0 VORP, 16 Win Shares   5. Jermaine Dye, White Sox .318/.397/.646, 66 RC, .326 EQA, 36.2 VORP, 16 Win Shares   4. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox .306/.434/.615, 70 RC, .335 EQA, 38.4 VORP, 17 Win Shares   3. Joe Mauer, Twins .378/.447/.535, 60 RC, .331 EQA, 44.2 VORP, 18 Win Shares   2. Jim Thome, White Sox .298/.414/.651, 80 RC, .334 EQA, 43.4 VORP, 18 Win Shares   1. Travis Hafner, Indians .322/.461/.650, 88 RC, .361 EQA, 55.8 VORP, 17 Win Shares   For Cy Young there are three candidates that are head and shoulders above everyone else. I couldn't put Liriano over Santana and Halladay because Liriano has thrown 40+ fewer innings. If they were hitters he'd have about 120+ less plate appearances. That's tough to make up.   3. Francisco Liriano, Twins 250 ERA+, 4.43 K/BB, 0.97 WHIP, 41.9 VORP, 14 Win Shares   2. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays 164 ERA+, 4.50 K/BB, 1.03 WHIP, 44.0 VORP, 14 Win Shares   1. Johan Santana, Twins   ROY was a pretty easy list to put together. Myself personally I think both Liriano and Papelbon will level off in the second half as there is no way two rookie pitcher's are going to be this unstoppable all year long. Papelbon's ERA+ is insane but he'll have some bad luck eventually that will shoot that ERA up.   3. Justin Verlander, Tigers 147 ERA+, 2.09 K/BB, 1.17 WHIP, 35.4 VORP, 12 Win Shares   2. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox 803 ERA+, 5.88 K/BB, 0.72 WHIP, 28.3 VORP, 12 Win Shares   1. Francisco Liriano, Twins

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Much better

After the 2001, 2002, 2003 ALDS and a choke the last week of the season in 2004 I'm a little weary whenever the A's make things more interesting than it neeeds to be as I showed last night. But tonight they made it easy. Angels lose before the A's game ends and the A's crush the Mariners 12-3 for division title #14. Congratulations to Jason Kendall and Mark Kotsay on their first trip to the postseason.   For work and family reasons I can't make it to the ALDS but I am going to purchase ALCS tickets just in case. Hey they got to get out the division series eventually, right?

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Most Overrated, Most Underrated

There's a new Sports Illustrated poll of 470 Major League players asking who are the most overrated and most underrated players in baseball. Stuff like this is incredibly subjective as someone may consider one player underrated while the other considers that same player overrated. My assumption is that the player's perspective would be how they feel the media and fans view the player and that will influence their opinion on whether or not they consider someone overrated or underrated. So here's the Top 10 for both lists with my comments on what I think of each player and I throw in a name at the end of who I considered the most overrated and most underrated players of last season.   Most Overrated   1. Derek Jeter - Too obvious but facts are he is overrated by New York media/fans and major media outlets like ESPN. I have said in the past though that I feel Jeter is almost slightly underrated by non-Yankee fans at this point. You can tell Jeter is overrated just by how the New York media and ESPN are all up in arms (well from what people are saying on the board) over him topping the list as some how it is inexcusible that Baseball Jesus is on the list at all.   2. Carlos Beltran - This seems a bit odd to me, I suppose probably because of the contract he signed and he had a bit of an off year last season. Coming into this season though I'd consider him underrated by how much criticism he was getting.   3. Alex Rodriguez - Truly laughable for him to be this high. One of the true elite players in the game yet he typically doesn't get the credit he deserves and any failure he has in the "clutch" his magnified ten fold. Sure no player deserves the contract he got but not his fault the Rangers were stupid enough to give it to him.   4. J.D. Drew - Again no reason for him to be on the list and he is almost certainly underrated. He's a great hitter but is always hurt and many discard anything good he has done due to his injury problems. He showed in 2004 the type of numbers he can put up in a full season.   5. Nomar Garciaparra - How can he be underrated when he's be the subject of ridicule due to his injury problems? What because he was once great and now isn't that makes him overrated? Really makes no sense.   6. A.J. Burnett - Have to agree on this one but he's a "victim" of starting pitchers being overrated in general.   7. Jason Kendall - A common theme seems to be obscene contracts and Kendall certainly isn't worth what he makes. I doubt many still view Kendall as a good player anymore so my guess is the general view of him currently is probably neither overrated or underrated. Trust me though A's fans know he sucks.   8. Kerry Wood - Man players are just cruel as at least according this poll any player with a history of injuries is overrated.   9. Josh Beckett - Interesting. Maybe a tad overrated because of the 2003 postseason which tends to happen to any player who has a strong postseason.   10. Johnny Damon - I'd agree to a certain extent though his last two years he really was good but this also comes from the contract he signed. Probably more overrated circa 2003 than he is now.   My 2005 Most Overrated Player: Scott Podsednik - Remember he tought the White Sox how to bunt so they won the World Series. We don't need those meaningless homeruns!   Most Underrated   1. Michael Young - See now this is a player who I could see being overrated a couple of years from now. Players who everyone says is underrated eventually go the other way.   2. Bobby Abreu - Certainly not nearly as underrated as he was two or three years ago. I'd say he's probably fits into neither category.   3. Garret Anderson - Now this what I was talking in term of Young as personally I view Garret Anderson as overrated now. A few years back I considered him underrated. He gets on base at a poor rate and he has below average power for a corner outfielder.   4. Mark Loretta - Probably true to a certain extent. His great 2004 season went largely unnoticed. He's on the Red Sox now so he'll probably be overrated by the end of the year.   5. David Eckstein - Okay very good 2005 season no doubt by the "scrappy" Eckstein is probably a bit overrated because he's "scrappy."   6. Bill Mueller - I'd say he doesn't fit either category.   7. Chone Figgins - I'd say neither tilting towards slightly overrated.   8. Vernon Wells - You know he really hasn't done a whole lot at the plate the last two seasons, although off to a great start this year. He does get his just due when it comes to his defense.   9. Raul Ibanez - What? He's had a couple of good years by far from a star. I don't know do most view him as a scrub or something? Very odd he's on the list.   10. Melvin Mora - I'd agree with this one although his numbers were down last year, still were pretty good and his name doesn't really come up often when talking about the better 3rd basemen in the league.   My 2005 Most Underrated Player: Brian Giles - I ranked him as the best right fielder in baseball last season but because he plays in a park that is death to hitters his counting numbers just didn't look impressive.

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MLB Team of the 80's Tournament: N.L. East Region

I needed content and I wanted to do something related to the very competitive decade of the 1980's for baseball so I've decied to run a 64 team tournament between the top teams of the 1980's. Ya 64 is way too many but I'm Bored. I'll be using the computer version of Strat-O-Matic Baseball to run the tournament. I'll be simulating the games and the only thing I'll determine before the games is who the starting pitcher will be for each game. It will just be like the NCAA College Basketball tournament where I'll have four regions, or four divisions if you will, with teams seeded from 1 to 16 with each match-up being determined by a best-of-seven series.   Now for deciding how to do the seedings and who gets in I went the simple rout. First teams who won the World Series will be seeded highest, then teams who lost in the World Series, then teams who lost in the LCS, then the top 2nd place teams by record, and finally an "automatic berth" for the best team of the decade for a franchise who didn't have a team fit into the other categories so every franchise will have a representitive.   Starting with the N.L. East which features three World Champions including the team who had the best record in the decade, the '86 Mets. The Mets have the most teams in the region with five, followed by the Cardinals with four. The Pirates are the only team with just one rep as the '88 team was their best of the decade. Here's just a quick rundown of all the teams and the first round match-ups.   #1 1986 New York Mets (108-54, defeated Boston 4-3 in World Series)   OPS+: 116 (1st) ERA+: 114 (t-1st) DefEff: .709 (4th)   Best Player: Keith Hernandez Best Pitcher: Bob Ojeda   #2 1982 St. Louis Cardinals (92-70, defeated Milwaukee 4-3 in World Series)   OPS+: 103 (5th) ERA+: 108 (2nd) DefEff: .710 (2nd)   Best Player: Lonnie Smith Best Pitcher: Joaquin Andujar   #3 1980 Philadelphia Phillies (91-71, defeated Kansas City 4-2 in World Series)   OPS+: 102 (6th) ERA+: 110 (1st) DefEff: .701 (4th)   Best Player: Mike Schmidt Best Pitcher: Steve Carlton   #4 1985 St. Louis Cardinals (101-61, lost to Kansas City 4-3 in World Series)   OPS+: 108 (t-1st) ERA+: 113 (2nd) DefEff: .718 (1st)   Best Player: Willie McGee Best Pitcher: John Tudor   #5 1987 St. Louis Cardinals (95-67, lost to Minnesota 4-3 in World Series)   OPS+: 94 (10th) ERA+: 106 (3rd) DefEff: .696 (t-6th)   Best Player: Jack Clark/Ozzie Smith Best Pitcher: Todd Worrell   #6 1983 Philadelphia Phillies (90-72, lost to Baltimore 4-1 in World Series)   OPS+: 102 (t-5th) ERA+: 106 (t-2nd) DefEff: .685 (12th)   Best Player: Mike Schmidt Best Pitcher: John Denny   #7 1988 New York Mets (100-62, lost to Los Angeles 4-3 in NLCS)   OPS+: 117 (1st) ERA+: 110 (3rd) DefEff: .707 (t-8th)   Best Player: Darryl Strawberry Best Pitcher: David Cone   #8 1984 Chicago Cubs (96-65, lost to San Diego 3-2 in NLCS)   OPS+: 105 (4th) ERA+: 104 (4th) DefEff: .690 (10th)   Best Player: Ryne Sandberg Best Pitcher: Rick Sutcliffe   #9 1989 Chicago Cubs (93-69, lost to San Francisco 4-1 in NLCS)   OPS+: 104 (t-3rd) ERA+: 110 (2nd) DefEff: .708 (6th)   Best Player: Ryne Sandberg Best Pitcher: Greg Maddux   #10 1981 Montreal Expos (60-48, lost to Los Angeles 3-2 in NLCS)   OPS+: 99 (8th) ERA+: 106 (3rd) DeffEff: .715 (t-3rd)   Best Player: Andre Dawson Best Pitcher: Bill Gullickson   #11 1985 New York Mets (98-64, finished 3 games behind St. Louis)   OPS+: 105 (4th) ERA+: 111 (3rd) DefEff: .716 (2nd)   Best Player: Gary Carter Best Pitcher: Dwight Gooden   #12 1981 St. Louis Cardinals (59-43, best overall record in N.L. East)   OPS+: 108 (3rd) ERA+: 98 (t-8th) DefEff: .715 (t-3rd)   Best Player: Keith Hernandez Best Pitcher: Bruce Sutter   #13 1987 New York Mets (92-70, finished 3 games behind St. Louis)   OPS+: 116 (1st) ERA+: 99 (9th) DefEff: .696 (t-6th)   Best Player: Darryl Strawberry Best Pitcher: Dwight Gooden   #14 1980 Montreal Expos (90-72, finished 1 game behind Philadelphia)   OPS+: 106 (t-3rd) ERA+: 103 (4th) DefEff: .698 (9th)   Best Player: Andre Dawson Best Pitcher: Steve Rogers   #15 1984 New York Mets (90-72, finished 6 ½ games behind Chicago)   OPS+: 101 (5th) ERA+: 98 (9th) DefEff: .694 (9th)   Best Player: Keith Hernandez Best Pitcher: Dwight Gooden   #16 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates (85-75, finished 15 games behind New York)   OPS+: 107 (3rd) ERA+: 99 (7th) DefEff: .715 (4th)   Best Player: Andy Van Slyke Best Pitcher: Doug Drabek     1st Round Match-ups   '88 Pirates vs. '86 Mets '89 Cubs vs. '84 Cubs '87 Mets vs. '85 Cardinals '81 Cardinals vs. '87 Cardinals '85 Mets vs. '83 Phillies '80 Expos vs. '80 Phillies '81 Expos vs. '88 Mets '84 Mets vs. '82 Cardinals   I'll complete the 1st round match-ups for this region/division, posting the results in the next entry, and then move on to the next region/division. Not sure how long I'll take to finish each round.

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Mavericks & Heat: Top 10 Individual Seasons

For the first time in 35 years the NBA Finals will feature two franchises who have never reached the Finals before. So like I did for the Clippers after their historic playoff series win, here are the Top 10 individual seasons for both franchises according to the basketball version of Win Shares.   I guess it shouldn't be surprising that the best individual season for both franchises are from this past season. The Mavericks list is dominated by one player who may end up holding the 10 best seasons in franchise history by the time he's done and appears on his way to becoming one of the greatest players of all-time.   Dallas Mavericks Top 10 Individual Seasons   1. Dirk Nowitzki, '05-'06, 52 Win Shares 26.6 PTS, 9.0 REB, 2.8 AST, 0.7 STL, 1.0 BLK, 1.9 TO   2. Dirk Nowitzki, '04-'05, 47 Win Shares 26.1 PTS, 9.7 REB, 3.1 AST, 1.2 STL, 1.5 BLK, 2.3 TO   3. Dirk Nowitzki, '02-'03, 45 Win Shares 25.1 PTS, 9.9 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.4 STL, 1.0 BLK, 1.9 TO   4. Dirk Nowitzki, '00-'01, 43 Win Shares 21.8 PTS, 9.2 REB, 2.1 AST, 1.0 STL, 1.2 BLK, 1.9 TO   5. Dirk Nowitzki, '01-'02, 42 Win Shares 23.4 PTS, 9.9 REB, 2.4 AST, 1.1 STL, 1.0 BLK, 1.9 TO   6. Dirk Nowitzki, '03-'04, 33 Win Shares 21.8 PTS, 8.7 REB, 2.7 AST, 1.2 STL, 1.4 BLK, 1.8 TO   7. Steve Nash, '02-'03, 32 Win Shares 17.7 PTS, 2.9 REB, 7.3 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.1 BLK, 2.3 TO   8. Steve Nash, '01-02, 31 Win Shares 17.9 PTS, 3.1 REB, 7.7 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.0 BLK, 2.8 TO   9. Rolando Blackman, '83-'84, 30 Win Shares 22.4 PTS, 4.6 REB, 3.6 AST, 0.7 STL, 0.5 BLK, 2.1 TO   10, Derek Harper, '89-'90, 30 Win Shares 18.0 PTS, 3.0 REB, 7.4 AST, 2.3 STL, 0.3 BLK, 2.5 TO     Miami Heat Top 10 Individual Seasons -Yes Udonis Haslem but no Glen Rice. I've said before I'm not sure how reliable this is.   1. Dwyane Wade, '05-'06, 41 Win Shares 27.2 PTS, 5.7 REB, 6.7 AST, 1.9 STL, 0.8 BLK, 3.6 TO   2. Tim Hardaway, '96-'97, 39 Win Shares 20.3 PTS, 3.4 REB, 8.6 AST, 1.9 STL, 0.1 BLK, 2.8 TO   3. Alonzo Mourning, '99-'00, 38 Win Shares 21.7 PTS, 9.5 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.5 STL, 3.7 BLK, 2.7 TO   4. Tim Hardaway, '97-'98, 33 Win Shares 18.9 PTS, 3.7 REB, 8.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 2.8 TO   5. Anthony Mason, '00-'01, 33 Win Shares 15.9 PTS, 9.5 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.0 STL, 0.3 BLK, 2.2 TO   6. Shaquille O'Neal, '04-'05, 32 Win Shares 22.9 PTS, 10.4 REB, 2.7 AST, 0.5 STL, 2.3 BLK, 2.8 TO   7. Dwyane Wade, '04-'05, 32 Win Shares 24.1 PTS, 5.2 REB, 6.8 AST, 1.6 STL, 1.1 BLK, 4.2 TO   8. Alonzo Mourning, '96-'97, 27 Win Shares 19.8 PTS, 9.9 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.9 BLK, 3.4 TO   9. Udonis Haslem, '04-05, 27 Win Shares 10.9 PTS, 9.1 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.5 BLK, 1.4 TO   10. Alonzo Mourning, '95-'96, 26 Win Shares 23.2 PTS, 10.4 REB, 2.3 AST, 1.0 STL, 2.7 BLK, 3.7 TO

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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: May

The '79 Blue Jays followed up an awful April with an even worse May and now have a commanding nine game "lead" in the cellar of the A.L. East. Their year-mates the '79 A's had a brutal May as well and have committed a league worst 74 errors in 56 games.   TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 2002 TBA  32  25    K.Hrbek   MNA .404  E.Murray  BAA   16  A.Huff    TBA   54 1990 NYA  29  28    J.Orsulak BAA .363  K.Hrbek   MNA   15  B.Grich   LAA   49 1988 BAA  27  29    A.Huff    TBA .356  A.Belle   CLA   14  E.Murray  BAA   42 1992 BOA  27  31    E.Brown   KCA .355  A.Huff    TBA   14  E.Brown   KCA   42 1979 TOA  18  40    T.Long    KCA .347  OTHERS TIED W   13  OTHERS TIED W   41 2005 KCA  34  23    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1989 CHA  29  28    F.Tanana  LAA    9  M.Macdoug KCA   12  C.Hough   TEA 1.91 1991 CLA  28  28    F.Martine LAA    6  T.Niedenf BAA   11  G.Swindel CLA 2.55 1982 MNA  27  29    C.Hough   TEA    6  E.Yan     TBA   11  R.Clemens BOA 2.57 2003 DEA  23  33    R.Clemens BOA    6  OTHERS TIED W    9  F.Tanana  LAA 2.61                     T.Sturtze TBA    6                      F.Martine LAA 2.75 1980 LAA  40  17 1985 TEA  31  26    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1980 SEA  26  30    R.Bosetti TOA    9  A.Sanchez DEA   24  R.Clemens BOA   89 1979 OAA  23  33    C.Martine CHA    9  R.Kelly   NYA   20  F.Bannist SEA   79                     T.Paciore SEA    8  J.Cruz    SEA   19  T.Underwo TOA   71                     S.Fletche CHA    8  O.Guillen CHA   16  M.Perez   CHA   70                     OTHERS TIED W    6  OTHERS TIED W   14  F.Viola   BOA   65 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS DEA  2  at  SEA 13  BOA-Hesketh(2-2, 5.13) at BAA-Ballard(3-3, 3.51) BOA  2  at  BAA  1  CLA-King(3-5, 4.70) at KCA-Hernand(5-1, 3.82) CLA  6  at  KCA  1  TOA-Underwo(4-7, 3.93) at LAA-Martine(6-0, 2.75) TOA  1  at  LAA  3  NYA-Hawkins(4-3, 2.08) at MNA-William(4-4, 5.89) NYA  4  at  MNA  9  DEA-Maroth(3-5, 7.24) at SEA-Abbott(3-6, 3.62) CHA  3  at  TBA  0  CHA-Perez(3-3, 4.26) at TBA-Sturtze(6-2, 3.35) OAA  6  at  TEA  7  OAA-Keough(1-6, 5.43) at TEA-Hough(6-2, 1.91) YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB T.Brunansky   MNA NYA  3  2  2  3  1  0  1  0 A.Belle       CLA KCA  5  2  3  2  0  1  1  1 P.Plantier    BOA BAA  3  1  2  2  1  0  1  0 O.McDowell    TEA OAA  7  3  3  1  1  0  1  1 R.Kittle      CHA TBA  4  1  2  2  0  0  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS G.Hibbard     CHA TBA  8.0  4  0  0  1  4  0 W   F.Viola       BOA BAA  8.0  2  1  1  2  3  1 W   R.Honeycutt   SEA DEA  9.0  3  2  2  4  4  2 W   M.Clear       LAA TOA  2.0  0  0  0  2  3  0   S B.Hooton      TEA OAA  1.0  0  0  0  0  0  0 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 T.Brunansky   MNA .429 21  9  7  5  2  A.Hassler     LAA  8  2  0  1  9  0 101 T.Paciorek    SEA .542 24 13  5  1  2  J.Orosco      CLA  6  2  0  0  4  0 000 B.Grich       LAA .297 37 11 15  3  3  F.Tanana      LAA 17  9  0  1  9  0 200 A.Huff        TBA .382 34 13 11  1  3  F.Viola       BOA 17  5  1  4  6  1 200 E.Murray      BAA .278 36 10  9  3  4  R.Davis       MNA  5  2  0  1  4  0 102 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.Picciolo    OAA .080 25  2  1  0  0  V.Zambrano    TBA  6 16 17  7  4  3 020 S.Cooper      BOA .167 30  5  1  1  0  M.Maroth      DEA  9 18 14  5  8  5 030 T.Cox         SEA .192 26  5  0  2  0  M.Williamson  BAA  7 11 10  7  7  3 020 G.Wright      TEA .133 30  4  2  2  0  M.Perez       CHA  9 19 12  6  8  2 010 J.Browne      CLA .158 38  6  2  2  0  B.Kingman     OAA  7 16  9  0  2  1 010 INJURY REPORT M.Heath, Oakland - 6 more games R.Howell, Toronto - 7 more games J.Rudi, California - 3 more games J.Castino, Minnesota - 3 more games F.Viola, Minnesota - 6 more games T.Harrah, Texas - 2 more games R.Schu, Baltimore - 1 more games   In the N.L. we have what is shaping up to be a fantastic race for the bottom in the East as the '88 Braves and '98 Marlins are not only distancing themselves from the rest of the division but the entire league. The '85 Pirates posted a 8-20 mark in May to grab the that bottom of the Central division.   TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 1993 NYN  33  23    J.Mabry   SLN .406  R.Lankfor SLN   15  S.Rolen   PHN   60 2008 WAN  33  24    A.Galarra CON .396  B.Bonilla NYN   14  R.Lankfor SLN   46 2000 PHN  31  26    B.Gilkey  SLN .374  S.Rolen   PHN   14  E.Karros  LAN   45 1998 FLN  19  36    D.Bichett CON .356  E.Karros  LAN   13  A.Galarra CON   41 1988 ATN  17  40    B.Buckner CHN .347  OTHERS TIED W   12  OTHERS TIED W   40 1981 CHN  31  25    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1995 SLN  30  27    M.Krukow  CHN    9  M.Dejean  MLN   16  J.Jones   HON 1.37 2002 MLN  28  28    M.Krukow  SFN    8  S.Garrelt SFN   15  M.Krukow  SFN 1.72 1991 HON  28  29    OTHERS TIED W    7  D.Holmes  CON   13  K.Gross   LAN 1.91 1982 CIN  27  30                        T.Henke   SLN   11  R.Reusche PIN 2.16 1985 PIN  26  30                        G.Olson   ARN   11  D.Osborne SLN 2.26 1985 SFN  34  22    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1993 CON  34  23    R.Gant    ATN   18  S.Finley  HON   26  M.Soto    CIN   98 1998 ARN  31  25    J.Mabry   SLN   16  V.Coleman NYN   23  A.Benes   ARN   81 1992 LAN  29  26    D.Bichett CON   13  E.Young   MLN   23  P.Harnisc HON   80 1981 SDN  23  34    C.Guzman  WAN   10  O.Smith   SDN   20  D.Gooden  NYN   78                     OTHERS TIED W    9  OTHERS TIED W   19  T.Candiot LAN   71 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS CON  0  at  CHN  2  WAN-Perez(3-5, 4.87) at ARN-Daal(4-3, 2.49) ATN  4  at  CIN  3  CON-Harris(6-4, 3.75) at CHN-Martz(1-4, 4.77) LAN  4  at  NYN  5  ATN-Mahler(3-8, 4.81) at CIN-Soto(4-7, 2.55) SDN  2  at  SFN  1  HON-Portuga(1-4, 3.39) at MLN-Sheets(6-4, 5.08) WAN  6  at  ARN  3  FLN-Hernand(3-7, 3.30) at PHN-Person(4-3, 3.22) HON  6  at  MLN  4  PIN-Rhoden(3-6, 4.99) at SLN-Petkovs(4-2, 3.14) FLN  6  at  PHN  1  SDN-Mura(4-8, 5.14) at SFN-Hammake(3-4, 4.37) PIN  6  at  SLN  9  LAN-Hershis(5-3, 4.54) at NYN-Saberha(4-2, 3.05) YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB R.Lankford    SLN PIN  4  2  3  3  0  0  1  1 J.Mabry       SLN PIN  4  2  3  3  0  0  1  0 D.Driessen    CIN ATN  4  2  3  1  2  0  1  0 E.Anthony     HON MLN  4  1  1  4  0  2  1  0 S.Cooper      SLN PIN  4  1  1  2  0  1  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS J.Sanchez     FLN PHN  9.0  4  1  1  0  6  0 W   J.Habyan      SLN PIN  4.1  0  0  0  0  4  0 W   M.Krukow      CHN CON  6.1  2  0  0  4  6  0 W   J.EichelbergerSDN SFN  7.0  3  1  1  2  4  0 W   D.Lapoint     SFN SDN  7.1  4  1  1  0  4  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 D.Driessen    CIN .526 19 10  2 10  1  J.Price       CIN  5  1  0  0  5  0 100 D.Bichette    CON .441 34 15 10  1  4  R.Reuschel    PIN 10  1  0  2  8  0 100 R.Gant        ATN .500 22 11  5  3  2  A.Young       NYN 15  3  0  3 14  0 200 B.Abreu       PHN .500 30 15  6 11  1  R.Person      PHN  8  2  0  2  8  0 100 R.Belliard    WAN .417 24 10 11  2  1  G.Lucas       SDN  8  4  0  2 12  0 101 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 M.Kotsay      FLN .158 38  6  0  0  0  J.Deleon      PIN  6 11  9  9  6  0 010 T.Pagnozzi    SLN .160 25  4  0  0  0  T.Glavine     ATN  9 18  9  1  5  2 020 M.Trillo      SFN .152 33  5  0  2  0  C.Brock       PHN  7 13  8  2  4  5 011 G.Richards    SDN .065 31  2  0  5  0  T.Redding     WAN  6  7  6  2  5  1 010 T.Cromer      SLN .143 35  5  2  1  0  C.Puleo       ATN  6 10  8  1  7  2 000 INJURY REPORT M.Tyson, Chicago (NL) - 4 more games J.Bonilla, San Diego - 3 more games S.Kemp, Pittsburgh - 2 more games R.Roenicke, San Francisco - 2 more games B.Bonilla, New York (NL) - 6 more games C.O'Brien, New York (NL) - 3 more games B.Gilkey, St. Louis - 13 more games E.Dukes, Washington - 1 more games R.Zimmerman, Washington - 7 more games T.Redding, Washington - 2 more games   And our featured boxscore for the month of May showcases the '82 Twins who gave up 22 runs to the '03 Tigers, yes the Tigers team that lost 119 games, on May 3rd. The sacrificial lamb was reliever Don Cooper who gave up 10 runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Da Meat Hook had 8 RBI for Detroit.   BOXSCORE: 2003 Detroit Tigers At 1982 Minnesota Twins                5/3/2008   Tigers             AB  R  H RBI AVG     Twins              AB  R  H RBI AVG   A.Sanchez CF        6  4  3  3 .278     B.Mitchell CF       4  0  0  0 .222     S.Halter 2B         6  3  4  2 .291   A-R.Johnson CF        1  0  1  0 .389     B.Higginson RF      6  3  3  2 .267     G.Ward LF           4  1  1  0 .325     D.Young DH          5  3  4  8 .321     K.Hrbek 1B          5  2  2  4 .444     C.Monroe LF         7  1  2  1 .255     T.Brunansky RF      3  1  1  0 .257     C.Pena 1B           6  1  1  1 .282     G.Gaetti SS         4  1  1  2 .211     B.Inge C            5  2  3  1 .226     J.Vega DH           3  1  0  0 .278     E.Munson 3B         6  2  3  3 .179     T.Laudner C         3  2  2  2 .374     R.Santiago SS       5  3  3  1 .229     J.Castino 2B        4  0  1  1 .348                                             M.Hatcher 3B        4  1  1  0 .224                        -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---                Totals      52 22 26 22                 Totals      35  9 10  9 A-Subbed Defensively (CF) For Mitchell In 8th Inning INJURY: Bobby Mitchell INJURED (for 2 more games) in 7th inning Tigers.......... 1 111  0 5 0  1 0 3  - 22 26  0 Twins........... 0 2 0  0 0 4  3 0 0  -  9 10  0 Tigers (13-18)           IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA M.Maroth WIN(2-2)         5 1/3   5   5   5   3   0   2 110   5.44 F.German                  1       3   3   3   0   0   1  28  13.94 M.Anderson                2 2/3   2   1   1   2   0   1  50   3.37 Totals                    9      10   9   9   5   0   4 Twins (11-19)            IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA B.Havens LOSS(1-4)        2       7   6   6   1   2   3  57   6.00 D.Cooper                  2 2/3  10  10  10   4   1   0  99  29.70 P.Redfern                 1 2/3   7   3   3   1   2   0  51   4.97 P.Boris                   2 2/3   2   3   3   1   4   1  48   3.18 Totals                    9      26  22  22   7   9   4 ATTENDANCE- 15,676 DATE- Saturday, May 3rd 2008 TIME- Night T- 3:58 LEFT ON BASE- Tigers:10  Twins: 4 DOUBLE PLAYS- Tigers: 2  Twins: 0 DOUBLES- A.Sanchez-2(10th), S.Halter(3rd), C.Pena(5th), B.Inge(5th),          E.Munson(2nd), R.Johnson(7th), T.Laudner(16th), M.Hatcher(2nd) TRIPLES- R.Santiago(1st) HOME RUNS- B.Higginson(4th), D.Young-2(7th), C.Monroe(5th), K.Hrbek-2(9th),            G.Gaetti(6th), T.Laudner(5th) STOLEN BASES- A.Sanchez(9th), B.Inge(2nd) WALKS- A.Sanchez, S.Halter, B.Higginson, D.Young-2, B.Inge, R.Santiago, G.Ward,        T.Brunansky-2, J.Vega, T.Laudner STRIKE OUTS- S.Halter, B.Higginson, D.Young, C.Monroe-2, C.Pena-3, B.Inge GIDP- G.Gaetti, J.Castino PASSED BALLS- T.Laudner WEB GEMS- Top 9th: Paul Boris robbed Alex Sanchez of a base hit.  

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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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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: June

Unrelated to the Loser League, I did finish my Top 100 MLB players of my lifetime list and it will be coming to a blog (this one) soon!   The '79 Blue Jays continue to be in a class of their own in the A.L. East as they now have a 10 1/2 game "lead" over the '88 Orioles and might as well start printing their postseason tickets to Exhibition Stadium. The losers of the month though in the A.L. were the '82 Twins who went a stomach turning 5-22 to move ahead/behind the '03 Tigers in the Central by two games.   TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 1990 NYA  46  39    A.Huff    TBA .365  A.Belle   CLA   23  E.Brown   KCA   67 2002 TBA  43  40    E.Brown   KCA .359  E.Murray  BAA   21  A.Huff    TBA   66 1992 BOA  41  44    R.Carew   LAA .353  K.Hrbek   MNA   19  J.Barfiel NYA   65 1988 BAA  39  44    K.Hrbek   MNA .347  K.Maas    NYA   19  B.Grich   LAA   64 1979 TOA  29  55    R.Kelly   NYA .332  A.Huff    TBA   19  A.Belle   CLA   58 2005 KCA  49  35    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1989 CHA  47  36    F.Tanana  LAA   11  T.Niedenf BAA   18  C.Hough   TEA 1.77 1991 CLA  38  46    C.Hough   TEA   10  M.Macdoug KCA   16  A.Hawkins NYA 2.50 2003 DEA  34  49    F.Martine LAA    8  G.Harris  TEA   15  J.Bautist BAA 2.57 1982 MNA  32  51    R.Clemens BOA    8  E.Yan     TBA   15  R.Clemens BOA 2.69                     F.Viola   BOA    8  OTHERS TIED W   13  G.Swindel CLA 2.74 1980 LAA  56  27 1985 TEA  43  41    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1980 SEA  37  45    R.Kelly   NYA   13  A.Sanchez DEA   34  R.Clemens BOA  123 1979 OAA  34  48    D.Slaught TEA    9  R.Kelly   NYA   33  T.Underwo TOA  106                     D.Gallagh CHA    9  J.Cruz    SEA   26  F.Bannist SEA  104                     B.Bochte  SEA    8  O.Guillen CHA   23  M.Perez   CHA   98                     T.Harrah  TEA    8  A.Cole    CLA   23  D.Darwin  BOA   91 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS KCA 13  at  BAA  1  KCA-Howell(1-2, 4.14) at BAA-Ballard(4-5, 3.57) CLA  5  at  CHA  6  CLA-Swindel(6-5, 2.74) at CHA-Dotson(7-4, 4.25) OAA 11  at  LAA 10  OAA-Keough(1-10, 6.03) at LAA-Tanana(11-1, 2.96) DEA 12  at  MNA  7  DEA-Bonderm(1-7, 6.52) at MNA-Havens(4-6, 4.81) TEA  4  at  NYA  2  TEA-Mason(6-9, 5.51) at NYA-Lapoint(7-3, 3.35) TOA  6  at  SEA  9  TOA-Huffman(3-10, 6.46) at SEA-Bannist(7-7, 3.10) BOA  7  at  TBA  4  BOA-Viola(8-7, 2.86) at TBA-Kennedy(6-5, 3.43) YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB J.Rudi        LAA OAA  5  2  2  4  0  0  2  0 D.Revering    OAA LAA  5  3  2  3  0  0  1  0 G.Gaetti      MNA DEA  5  1  3  4  0  0  1  0 A.Berroa      KCA BAA  5  2  2  4  0  0  1  0 T.Long        KCA BAA  5  3  4  1  0  0  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS C.Hough       TEA NYA  8.0  3  1  1  0  5  1 W   B.Thigpen     CHA CLA  1.0  0  0  0  0  1  0 W   G.Harris      BOA TBA  2.0  1  0  0  0  2  0   S V.Zambrano    TBA BOA  3.0  1  1  1  0  2  0     D.Carrasco    KCA BAA  8.0  5  1  1  3  0  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 K.Maas        NYA .385 26 10 12  5  5  D.Stieb       TOA  9  2  0  0  2  0 100 E.Brown       KCA .382 34 13 10  5  3  D.Bautista    KCA  9  4  0  1  9  0 100 B.Higginson   DEA .421 38 16 10  2  4  G.Harris      BOA  5  2  0  0  4  0 002 T.Paciorek    SEA .300 30  9  8  1  4  C.Hough       TEA 22 10  2  2 17  1 110 J.Barfield    NYA .324 34 11  9  9  2  T.McCarthy    CHA  5  1  0  1  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 T.Donohue     LAA .121 33  4  1  1  0  M.Mason       TEA  5 15 10  1  4  1 030 R.Santiago    DEA .100 30  3  2  2  0  J.Montague    LAA  6 13 10  4  0  1 021 R.Picciolo    OAA .172 29  5  2  0  0  T.Harper      TBA  6 13  8  1  4  4 020 M.Lewis       CLA .219 32  7  1  0  0  M.Roney       DEA  8 10  8  2  3  2 030 L.Cox         SEA .115 26  3  0  4  0  M.Young       BOA  7 15  9  2  7  1 010 INJURY REPORT W.Gross, Oakland - 3 more games F.Patek, California - 9 more games L.Roberts, Seattle - 6 more games S.Sax, New York (AL) - 3 more games T.Naehring, Boston - 4 more games E.Munson, Detroit - 2 more games   The losers of the month in the N.L. were the '91 Astros who after going 8-18 in June have charged to the bottom of the Central with a four game lead over the '85 Pirates. The '88 Braves and '98 Marlins continue to be the "class" of the league as it is almost a lock that the Loser Card will come out of the East.   TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 2000 PHN  49  34    A.Galarra CON .413  R.Lankfor SLN   26  S.Rolen   PHN   82 2008 WAN  47  37    J.Mabry   SLN .381  B.Bonilla NYN   21  R.Lankfor SLN   71 1993 NYN  44  39    B.Gilkey  SLN .354  S.Rolen   PHN   20  D.Bichett CON   61 1998 FLN  31  52    C.Biggio  HON .342  E.Murray  NYN   18  A.Galarra CON   58 1988 ATN  29  54    B.Butler  LAN .341  OTHERS TIED W   17  J.Bell    ARN   57 2002 MLN  47  35    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1995 SLN  45  39    M.Krukow  SFN   12  M.Dejean  MLN   22  M.Krukow  SFN 1.51 1982 CIN  45  40    R.Reusche PIN   11  G.Olson   ARN   21  D.Bird    CHN 1.91 1981 CHN  41  42    O.Daal    PHN   11  S.Garrelt SFN   18  R.Reusche PIN 2.21 1985 PIN  41  43    T.Candiot LAN   10  T.Henke   SLN   18  K.Gross   LAN 2.40 1991 HON  36  47    B.Sheets  MLN   10  G.Lucas   SDN   17  O.Daal    ARN 2.63 1985 SFN  51  32    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1992 LAN  49  33    E.Young   MLN   14  B.Butler  LAN   36  M.Soto    CIN  135 1998 ARN  46  37    C.Biggio  HON   13  E.Young   MLN   34  P.Harnisc HON  127 1993 CON  42  41    L.Mazzill PIN   10  V.Coleman NYN   32  B.Sheets  MLN  113 1981 SDN  39  45    R.Reynold PIN   10  S.Finley  HON   31  D.Gooden  NYN  106                     OTHERS TIED W    9  E.Young   CON   27  A.Benes   ARN  100 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS MLN  5  at  ARN  3  MLN-Sheets(10-4, 3.99) at ARN-Telemac(8-3, 4.15) PIN  5  at  CIN  4  PHN-Wolf(8-5, 3.54) at ATN-Mahler(4-11, 4.63) SDN  9  at  CON  7  PIN-Tunnell(3-3, 3.89) at CIN-Soto(8-8, 3.16) WAN  3  at  FLN  2  SDN-Eichelb(5-8, 4.89) at CON-Harris(6-7, 4.97) LAN  7  at  HON  3  WAN-Baleste(6-3, 3.26) at FLN-Hernand(5-8, 3.54) NYN  3  at  SLN  7  LAN-Hershis(7-4, 4.36) at HON-Kile(3-4, 3.47) CHN  2  at  SFN  1  NYN-Hillman(7-2, 3.93) at SLN-Morgan(4-4, 3.74)                     CHN-Martz(2-7, 5.08) at SFN-Gott(4-3, 3.63) YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB S.Bream       PIN CIN  1  1  1  3  0  0  1  0 M.Kotsay      FLN WAN  3  2  2  1  0  0  1  1 R.Sexson      MLN ARN  4  2  2  1  2  0  1  0 R.Bass        SDN CON  4  1  1  3  0  1  1  0 S.Hemond      SLN NYN  4  1  1  3  0  0  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS J.Gott        LAN HON  4.0  0  0  0  0  4  0   S M.Krukow      SFN CHN  8.0  5  1  1  1  8  0     R.Reuschel    CHN SFN  7.0  4  1  0  1  3  0     J.Candelaria  PIN CIN  2.0  0  0  0  1  1  0 W   V.De Los SantoMLN ARN  2.0  0  0  0  0  1  0 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 E.Murray      NYN .500 26 13  7  2  4  B.Chen        PHN  8  2  0  0  8  0 002 J.Hernandez   MLN .407 27 11  9  6  3  F.Williams    SFN  6  1  0  1  6  0 000 W.Harris      WAN .304 23  7  5  4  3  M.Krukow      SFN 17  8  1  2 17  0 100 D.Bichette    CON .379 29 11 10  2  3  L.Smith       CHN  8  3  0  2  8  0 100 R.Lankford    SLN .361 36 13  9  3  4  J.Gott        LAN  7  3  0  1  6  0 001 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.Adams       SFN .040 25  1  0  0  0  T.Urbani      SLN  6  9  9  3  5  1 110 R.Gant        ATN .063 32  2  1  2  0  J.Deleon      PIN 13 23 15  7 17  4 010 C.Davis       SFN .156 32  5  0  1  0  R.Rhoden      PIN 14 27 14  5 10  1 020 J.Uribe       SFN .161 31  5  1  0  0  G.Harris      CON 13 19 13  6 13  2 020 A.Hall        ATN .138 29  4  2  1  0  D.Nied        CON  8 12  8  6  4  2 010 INJURY REPORT B.Bonds, Chicago (NL) - 1 more games A.Trevino, Cincinnati - 4 more games E.Davis, Los Angeles - 6 more games N.Liriano, Colorado - 6 more games E.Young, Colorado - 15 more games J.Burnitz, New York (NL) - 3 more games H.Johnson, New York (NL) - 2 more games A.Arias, Philadelphia - 4 more games M.Lieberthal, Philadelphia - 5 more games J.Fabregas, Milwaukee - 8 more games J.Hernandez, Milwaukee - 7 more games A.Kearns, Washington - 2 more games   The featured boxscore for June was a 20 inning interleague tilt between the '85 Rangers and '93 Mets where some how 42,000+ fans showed up. Must have been a bobblehead day. The infamous Anthony Young surrendered five runs in the final frame.   BOXSCORE: 1985 Texas Rangers At 1993 New York (NL) Mets             6/15/2008   Rangers            AB  R  H RBI AVG     Mets               AB  R  H RBI AVG   D.Walker RF         5  0  1  0 .200     V.Coleman LF        8  0  1  0 .274   G-A.Bannister PH,LF   4  0  0  0 .262     J.Orsulak CF,1B     6  1  2  0 .283     T.Harrah 2B         7  2  3  0 .265     E.Murray 1B         4  0  1  0 .305     P.O'Brien 1B        7  2  2  0 .233   B-R.Thompson PR,CF    2  1  0  0 .211     G.Ward CF           9  1  3  3 .305     J.Franco P          0  0  0  0 .000     D.Slaught C         5  0  0  0 .295   I-C.O'Brien PH        1  0  0  0 .353   D-G.Brummer C         3  1  1  0 .429     E.Hillman P         0  0  0  0 .000     S.Buechele 3B       8  1  1  3 .199   K-T.Fernandez PH      1  0  1  0 .231     C.Wilkerson SS      8  1  2  0 .230     A.Young P           0  0  0  0 .000     B.Jones LF,RF       8  0  2  1 .255   M-J.McKnight PH       1  0  0  0 .213     J.Russell P         3  0  0  0 .000     B.Bonilla RF        8  0  1  1 .282     R.Surhoff P         0  0  0  0 ----     H.Johnson 3B        5  1  1  2 .201     D.Rozema P          0  0  0  0 ----     J.Kent SS           8  0  3  0 .283   C-O.McDowell PH       1  0  0  0 .230     T.Hundley C         8  0  0  0 .225     D.Schmidt P         0  0  0  0 ----     C.Walker 2B         8  0  0  0 .192     B.Hooton P          0  0  0  0 ----     D.Gooden P          2  0  0  0 .152   E-L.Parrish PH        1  0  0  0 .287   A-D.Gallagher PH      1  0  0  0 .282     D.Stewart P         0  0  0  0 ----     M.Maddux P          1  0  0  0 .000   H-W.Tolleson PH       1  0  0  0 .348     J.Innis P           0  0  0  0 ----     C.Welsh P           0  0  0  0 ----   F-J.Burnitz PH,CF     3  0  1  0 .181   J-N.Capra PH          1  0  1  01.000                                             M.Mason P           0  0  0  0 .000                                           L-T.Dunbar PH         1  0  0  0 .167                                             C.Hough P           0  0  0  0 .500                                                                -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---                Totals      72  8 16  7                 Totals      67  3 11  3 A-Pinch Hit For Gooden In 7th Inning B-Pinch Ran For Murray In 8th Inning C-Pinch Hit For Rozema In 10th Inning D-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Slaught In 11th Inning E-Pinch Hit For Hooton In 12th Inning F-Pinch Hit For Innis In 12th Inning G-Pinch Hit For Walker In 13th Inning H-Pinch Hit For Stewart In 14th Inning I-Pinch Hit For Franco In 15th Inning J-Pinch Hit For Welsh In 17th Inning K-Pinch Hit For Hillman In 18th Inning L-Pinch Hit For Mason In 19th Inning M-Pinch Hit For Young In 20th Inning INJURY: Don Slaught INJURED (for 2 more games) in 11th inning Rangers......... 1 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 5 -  8 16  0 Mets............ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 2 0  0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 -  3 11  0 Rangers (39-32)          IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA J.Russell                 7 1/3   3   1   1   5   5   0 123   5.95 R.Surhoff                 0       2   1   1   0   0   0  11   7.71 D.Rozema BS(2nd)          1 2/3   0   0   0   0   2   0  23   2.95 D.Schmidt                 1 1/3   1   1   1   0   1   1  22   1.62 B.Hooton                  0 2/3   1   0   0   0   0   0  13   5.22 D.Stewart                 2       1   0   0   1   3   0  34   3.35 C.Welsh                   3       1   0   0   0   2   0  49   5.36 M.Mason                   2       1   0   0   1   2   0  38   4.88 C.Hough WIN(9-3)          2       1   0   0   2   0   0  34   1.84 [1]Totals                   20      11   3   3   9  15   1 Mets (37-33)             IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA D.Gooden                  7       4   2   2   2   5   0  95   2.76 M.Maddux                  3 2/3   4   1   1   1   4   0  71   3.89 J.Innis                   1 1/3   1   0   0   0   2   0  20   6.03 J.Franco                  3       1   0   0   2   0   0  48   7.36 E.Hillman                 3       2   0   0   1   1   0  52   3.70 A.Young LOSS(5-4)         2       4   5   5   2   3   0  49   3.17 [1]Totals                   20      16   8   8   8  15   0 ATTENDANCE- 42,141 DATE- Sunday, June 15th 2008 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average T- 6:17 LEFT ON BASE- Rangers:12  Mets:14 DOUBLE PLAYS- Rangers: 2  Mets: 2 DOUBLES- D.Walker(1st), G.Ward(10th), G.Brummer(2nd), N.Capra(1st),          J.Kent(19th) TRIPLES- S.Buechele(4th) HOME RUNS- H.Johnson(9th) STOLEN BASES- T.Harrah(4th), G.Ward(11th), C.Wilkerson-4(13th), V.Coleman(28th),               J.Burnitz(1st) CAUGHT STEALING- P.O'Brien, S.Buechele, J.Orsulak SACRIFICE FLIES- H.Johnson WALKS- T.Harrah-2, P.O'Brien-2, G.Brummer, S.Buechele, C.Wilkerson, B.Jones,        V.Coleman, J.Orsulak-3, B.Bonilla, H.Johnson-3, J.Burnitz STRIKE OUTS- D.Walker-2, T.Harrah, G.Ward, G.Brummer, S.Buechele, C.Wilkerson-4,              B.Jones-2, J.Russell-3, V.Coleman-2, R.Thompson, C.O'Brien,              B.Bonilla-2, H.Johnson, J.Kent-3, T.Hundley, C.Walker, D.Gooden,              M.Maddux, J.Burnitz GIDP- P.O'Brien, T.Dunbar, H.Johnson, J.Kent BALKS- A.Young

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Loser League: July

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.   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.   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.   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

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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: August

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.   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.   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.   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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Loser League: April

The Loser League is underway! See the orignal entry on how the league will work. I'll do entries for each completed month.   Through April the '79 Blue Jays are bringing up the rear in the A.L. East as they rank dead last in runs scored, highlighted by Danny Ainge who's hitting .186/.208/.229 in 70 at bats.   NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2008 American League                 Date: 5/1/2008 TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 2002 TBA  18  10    T.Long    KCA .404  A.Huff    TBA   10  A.Huff    TBA   28 1992 BOA  15  14    R.Johnson MNA .380  J.Rudi    LAA    9  J.Rudi    LAA   24 1988 BAA  15  14    W.Boggs   BOA .357  K.Hrbek   MNA    7  T.Brunans MNA   23 1990 NYA  13  16    T.Laudner MNA .355  T.Brunans MNA    7  W.Boggs   BOA   23 1979 TOA   9  19    A.Huff    TBA .351  A.Belle   CLA    7  A.Berroa  KCA   23 2005 KCA  16  11    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1989 CHA  16  12    F.Tanana  LAA    5  E.Yan     TBA    7  R.Dressle SEA 1.42 1991 CLA  15  13    C.Hough   TEA    4  M.Macdoug KCA    7  R.Langfor OAA 1.64 2003 DEA  12  16    G.Harris  BOA    4  OTHERS TIED W    5  F.Martine LAA 1.91 1982 MNA  10  18    T.Sturtze TBA    4                      C.Hough   TEA 1.97                     OTHERS TIED W    3                      M.Roney   DEA 2.27 1980 LAA  21   8 1985 TEA  15  13    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1979 OAA  13  16    R.Bosetti TOA   12  J.Cruz    SEA   12  R.Clemens BOA   44 1980 SEA  10  18    K.Witt    DEA   12  A.Cole    CLA   11  F.Bannist SEA   41                     L.Parrish TEA    9  R.Kelly   NYA    9  T.Underwo TOA   38                     T.Long    KCA    9  R.Henders OAA    8  M.Perez   CHA   38                     OTHERS TIED W    8  A.Sanchez DEA    8  OTHERS TIED W   34 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS CHA  8  at  MNA  7  TBA-Sturtze(4-0, 2.95) at BAA-Tibbs(2-0, 3.90) TBA 10  at  BAA  2  KCA-Hernand(2-0, 3.00) at TEA-Mason(2-2, 3.73) TOA  1  at  BOA  3  TOA-Stieb(1-2, 4.18) at BOA-Viola(1-5, 2.70) SEA  0  at  CLA  1  SEA-Abbott(1-3, 4.78) at CLA-Otto(0-2, 6.20) OAA  1  at  LAA  2  OAA-Langfor(2-1, 1.64) at LAA-Tanana(5-0, 3.77) DEA  7  at  NYA  3  DEA-Maroth(1-2, 5.00) at NYA-Leary(1-1, 3.27) KCA  4  at  TEA  5 YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB J.Sandberg    TBA BAA  4  1  3  4  1  1  1  0 M.Stairs      KCA TEA  4  1  3  3  0  0  1  0 T.Brunansky   MNA CHA  5  2  2  2  0  0  1  0 C.Ripken      BAA TBA  3  1  1  2  0  0  1  0 B.Higginson   DEA NYA  5  1  3  2  0  1  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS C.Knapp       LAA OAA  7.2  3  1  0  1  9  0     C.Cary        NYA DEA  5.1  1  1  0  1  6  0     M.Norris      OAA LAA  5.0  2  1  1  3 10  1     S.Hillegas    CLA SEA  3.2  0  0  0  0  5  0     R.Rupe        TBA BAA  8.0  3  2  2  2  4  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 A.Huff        TBA .286 21  6 10  5  3  S.Hillegas    CLA  9  4  0  1 11  0 200 J.Castino     MNA .500 28 14  6  1  3  R.Clemens     BOA  9  4  1  1 10  0 100 J.Rudi        LAA .353 34 12  9  2  4  C.Cary        NYA 13  5  1  3 10  0 100 L.Sheets      BAA .304 23  7  5  4  2  K.Patterson   CHA  6  1  0  2  5  0 001 M.Stairs      KCA .304 23  7  6  7  1  G.Harris      TEA 14  8  1  5 16  0 202 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 T.Donohue     LAA .111 27  3  0  0  0  G.Cadaret     NYA  6 11  8  4  7  1 020 T.Hall        TBA .148 27  4  1  0  0  D.Otto        CLA  8 16 10  4  8  1 020 R.Schu        BAA .120 25  3  1  2  0  D.Sisk        BAA  6 17  8  3  2  0 010 C.Martinez    CLA .179 28  5  2  0  0  J.Bonderman   DEA  6 14  9  2  5  1 011 G.Gaetti      MNA .231 26  6  1  0  0  M.Young       BOA  6 11  7  2  7  0 010 INJURY REPORT L.Milbourne, Seattle - 1 more games C.Wilkerson, Texas - 2 more games B.Anderson, Baltimore - 2 more games T.Pena, Boston - 5 more games E.Wedge, Boston - 7 more games C.Gomez, Tampa Bay - 10 more games E.Munson, Detroit - 1 more games R.Gotay, Kansas City - 1 more games M.Sweeney, Kansas City - 1 more games   In the National League, the '82 Reds and '88 Braves are dead locked for the worst record. The Reds are hitting a dreadful .236 as a team while the Braves are last in team ERA by a wide margin at 5.23.   NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2008 National League                 Date: 5/1/2008 TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN 2008 WAN  18  10    A.Galarra CON .441  C.Hayes   CON    8  S.Rolen   PHN   28 2000 PHN  17  11    G.Perry   ATN .387  J.Leonard SFN    7  R.Zimmerm WAN   26 1993 NYN  16  12    J.Girardi CON .373  S.Rolen   PHN    7  E.Karros  LAN   25 1998 FLN   9  18    B.Gilkey  SLN .365  OTHERS TIED W    6  J.Leonard SFN   23 1988 ATN   9  20    J.Mabry   SLN .356                      T.Cromer  SLN   23 1985 PIN  18  10    WINS                SAVES               ERA 1981 CHN  14  13    R.Reusche PIN    5  S.Garrelt SFN    8  R.Wolf    PHN 1.09 1995 SLN  14  15    M.Krukow  SFN    5  M.Dejean  MLN    8  J.Jones   HON 1.13 1991 HON  14  15    R.Wolf    PHN    5  D.Holmes  CON    7  M.Krukow  SFN 1.28 2002 MLN  13  14    OTHERS TIED W    4  OTHERS TIED W    5  D.Bird    CHN 1.53 1982 CIN   9  20                                            K.Gross   LAN 1.57 1993 CON  18  11    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS 1985 SFN  18  11    L.Harris  LAN    9  S.Finley  HON   16  M.Soto    CIN   47 1992 LAN  14  13    B.Gilkey  SLN    9  G.Perry   ATN   13  D.Gooden  NYN   40 1998 ARN  13  15    J.Morriso PIN    8  O.Smith   SDN   11  T.Candiot LAN   39 1981 SDN  11  17    Y.Benitez ARN    8  V.Coleman NYN   11  OTHERS TIED W   36                     A.Fox     ARN    8  C.Floyd   FLN   10 YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS HON  5  at  ARN  2  MLN-Sheets(2-3, 6.37) at CHN-Martz(1-2, 4.50) PIN  8  at  NYN  0  LAN-Hershis(3-2, 3.60) at FLN-Larkin(0-1, 6.61) CIN  3  at  SLN  4  SDN-Eichelb(1-2, 4.38) at PHN-Person(2-3, 2.67) CON  2  at  SFN  6  PIN-Rhoden(2-2, 5.13) at WAN-Bergman(2-1, 5.52) ATN  3  at  WAN  6 MLN  0  at  CHN  1 LAN  5  at  FLN  6 SDN  0  at  PHN  4 YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB T.Pena        PIN NYN  4  2  2  3  0  0  1  1 J.Leonard     SFN CON  4  2  2  1  0  2  1  0 E.Davis       LAN FLN  5  1  2  2  0  1  1  1 M.Webster     LAN FLN  5  2  1  2  1  2  1  1 T.Lee         ARN HON  4  1  1  2  0  0  1  0 PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS D.Bird        CHN MLN  9.0  1  0  0  1  5  0 W   M.Krukow      SFN CON  9.0  4  2  0  1  7  1 W   R.Wolf        PHN SDN  7.0  5  0  0  0  6  0 W   J.Hanrahan    WAN ATN  3.0  0  0  0  0  0  0   S A.Osuna       HON ARN  1.0  0  0  0  0  2  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.Lee         ARN .286 28  8 10  5  4  D.Bird        CHN  9  1  0  1  5  0 100 B.Almon       PIN .321 28  9  6  4  3  T.Candiotti   LAN  9  4  0  2 13  0 100 L.Smith       ATN .435 23 10  5  2  2  M.Krukow      SFN 17 11  1  2 13  1 200 P.Burrell     PHN .286 28  8  4  5  3  O.Daal        ARN 10  6  1  1 12  0 011 R.Lankford    SLN .351 37 13  6 10  2  R.Reuschel    PIN 16 11  3  3  8  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.Uribe       SFN .114 35  4  1  1  0  T.Lollar      SDN  7 14 11  9  6  2 000 R.Belliard    MLN .138 29  4  0  1  0  S.Mura        SDN 11 16 10  3 11  5 030 M.Trillo      SFN .135 37  5  0  3  0  G.Harris      CIN  6  8  8  7  5  1 000 G.Richards    SDN .160 25  4  0  2  0  J.EichelbergerSDN  9 10  8  6  4  1 020 T.Hundley     NYN .120 25  3  2  1  0  G.Minton      SFN  6 11  6  3  3  3 000 INJURY REPORT L.Salazar, San Diego - 6 more games B.Evans, San Diego - 5 more games C.Cedeno, Cincinnati - 8 more games D.Gladden, San Francisco - 1 more games M.Trillo, San Francisco - 5 more games C.Jones, Colorado - 14 more games T.Hundley, New York (NL) - 1 more games T.Dunwoody, Florida - 3 more games G.Zaun, Florida - 7 more games K.Jordan, Philadelphia - 1 more games M.Lieberthal, Philadelphia - 1 more games A.Sanchez, Milwaukee - 4 more games R.Machado, Milwaukee - 4 more games   And finally I'll post a selected boxscore from each month this one featuring the before mentioned, offensively challenged '82 Reds being no hit by Doug Bid of the '81 Cubs on April 17th. 6,799 lucky fans witnessed history at Wrigley!   BOXSCORE: 1982 Cincinnati Reds At 1981 Chicago (NL) Cubs            4/17/2008   Reds               AB  R  H RBI AVG     Cubs               AB  R  H RBI AVG   E.Milner LF         3  0  0  0 .262     I.Dejesus SS        4  0  0  0 .204     R.Oester 2B         4  0  0  0 .250     J.Morales RF        3  0  1  0 .205     L.Biittner 1B       2  0  0  0 .150     B.Buckner 1B        4  1  3  1 .321     D.Walker RF         3  0  0  0 .111     B.Bonds CF          4  0  0  0 .156     W.Krenchicki 3B     3  0  0  0 .154     S.Henderson LF      4  1  0  0 .259     D.Concepcion SS     3  0  0  0 .073     T.Blackwell C       2  0  1  1 .379     P.Householder CF    3  0  0  0 .184     M.Tyson 2B          4  1  2  0 .306     A.Trevino C         3  0  0  0 .250     K.Reitz 3B          3  1  1  2 .255     B.Berenyi P         1  0  0  0 .200     D.Bird P            3  0  0  0 .000   A-M.Vail PH           1  0  0  0 .429                                             G.Harris P          0  0  0  0 ----                                           B-M.O'Berry PH        1  0  0  0 .000                                                                -- -- -- ---                            -- -- -- ---                Totals      27  0  0  0                 Totals      31  4  8  4 A-Pinch Hit For Berenyi In 6th Inning B-Pinch Hit For Harris In 9th Inning Reds............ 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  0  1 Cubs............ 1 0 0  3 0 0  0 0    -  4  8  0 Reds (4-12)              IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA B.Berenyi LOSS(0-5)       5       6   4   3   1   3   2 103   9.38 G.Harris                  3       2   0   0   1   1   0  39   0.69 Totals                    8       8   4   3   2   4   2 Cubs (7-8)               IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA D.Bird WIN(1-2)           9       0   0   0   1   6   0 118   2.21 Totals                    9       0   0   0   1   6   0 ATTENDANCE- 6,799 DATE- Thursday, April 17th 2008 TIME- Day WEATHER- Average T- 2:19 LEFT ON BASE- Reds: 2  Cubs: 6 DOUBLE PLAYS- Reds: 1  Cubs: 0 ERRORS- A.Trevino HOME RUNS- B.Buckner(2nd), K.Reitz(1st) STOLEN BASES- E.Milner(3rd) SACRIFICE FLIES- T.Blackwell WALKS- E.Milner, J.Morales, T.Blackwell HIT BY PITCH- L.Biittner STRIKE OUTS- R.Oester, D.Walker, W.Krenchicki, P.Householder, M.Vail, M.O'Berry,              B.Bonds-2, K.Reitz, D.Bird GIDP- K.Reitz WILD PITCHES- B.Berenyi-2  

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Last At Bat

kkk mentioned in his blog about how former players he watched becoming general managers and presidents of teams makes him feel old. For example Chris Mullin was the identity of the Golden State Warriors when I was growing up and now he's their general manager. But there's another general manager (and now part owner) in Oakland that everyone knows, Billy Beane, but unlike Mullin he's far better known for his work in the front office than as a player. In fact you'd probably have barely even noticed the guy when he played. Although I didn't happen to learn this until many years later but I actually had been witness to his last at bat in the Majors.   As I mentioned in my first entry I had very few memories at all about my first baseball game. In fact as great as the A's were in the late 80's I have very few in game memories about them even though I went to probably 6-7 games a year. One game that I do sorta remember was on October 1, 1989. October 1st happens to be my birthday and from '87 to '89 I had my birthday party at the A's game. Really the only thing I remember about the game itself was Mark McGwire homering (his birthday too) and the A's beating the Royals on the final day of the regular season. A couple of years ago on another nostalgia trip I was looking at the boxscore and play account for game. Being that it was the last day of the regular season and the A's had wrapped up the A.L. West they pulled all their starters during the middle of the game. It went into extra innings and in the 11th inning with it tied 3-3, Billy Beane came up with a runner on 2nd and no one out. If you know anything about the Beane-era A's is that they rarely bunt, as they shouldn't as it's fairly useless strategy in the American League. But what did they ask the young Beane to do on this date?   Yup, Beane's last at bat in the Majors was a bunt and I was there to witness "history"....not that I remembered it.   Fun fact: The Royals DH in this game was Bill Buckner, just like my first game.

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L.A. Clippers: Top 10 Individual Seasons

As I'm sure anyone who follows sports knows that the Los Angeles Clippers won a playoff series for the first time in 30 years and the first time ever since they've been the Clippers. Outside of a very brief glimmer of hope in the early the 90's they have been the model of futility in professional sports. Since I root for the New Clippers (YOUR Golden State Warriors) I figured I might as well jump on their bandwagon. I do have reservations though what with the gratuitous shots of Billy Crystal that will only increase with them into the next round and Donald Sterling getting credit for anything.   Now for a "tribute" to the Clippers I present the Top 10 best individual seasons by Clippers players since they became the Clippers in 1978 using the basketball version of Win Shares. Again I preface as always I have no idea how reliable this stat is. What this list does show is that Elton Brand has already become the franchise's greatest player, not that this franchise has been full of great players. In fact this past season Brand had the best season ever by a Clippers player.   What other blog will you find Swen Nater content?   1. Elton Brand, '05-'06, 41 Win Shares 24.7 PTS, 10.0 REB, 2.6 AST, 1.0 STL, 2.5 BLK, 2.2 TO   2. Elton Brand, '01-'02, 36 Win Shares 18.2 PTS, 11.6 REB, 2.4 AST, 1.0 STL, 2.0 BLK, 2.2 TO   (couldn't find an image of a Clippers card) 3. World B Free, '78-'79, 33 Win Shares 28.8 PTS, 3.9 REB, 4.4 AST, 1.4 STL, 0.4 BLK, 3.8 TO   4. Danny Manning, '91-'92, 29 Win Shares 19.3 PTS, 6.9 REB, 3.5 AST, 1.6 STL, 1.5 BLK, 2.6 TO   5. Elton Brand, '04-'05, 28 Win Shares 20.0 PTS, 9.5 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.8 STL, 2.1 BLK, 2.3 TO   6. Elton Brand, '03-'04, 26 Win Shares 20.0 PTS, 10.3 REB, 3.3 AST, 0.9 STL, 2.2 BLK, 2.8 TO   7. World B Free, '79-'80, 25 Win Shares 30.2 PTS, 3.5 REB, 4.2 AST, 1.2 STL, 0.5 BLK, 3.4 TO   8. Swen Nater, '80-'81, 24 Win Shares 15.6 PTS, 12.4 REB, 2.4 AST, 0.6 STL, 0.6 BLK, 2.6 TO   9. Mark Jackson, '92-'93, 24 Win Shares 15.2 PTS, 5.0 REB, 9.3 AST, 1.7 STL, 0.2 BLK, 2.8 TO   10. Corey Maggette, '03-'04, 23 Win Shares 20.7 PTS, 5.9 REB, 3.1 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.2 BLK, 2.8 TO

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Kirby Puckett Moments

I'm not someone to get overly sentimental about someone famous dying. If I didn't know someone personally I just don't have a lot of emotions. Sure it's sad they died but in the end I can't feel an overt emotional connection to them, whether it be Eddie Guerrero or now Kirby Puckett. Being that I'm 27 years old, Puckett was of course in his prime when I was a kid. I personally don't have any unique Puckett memories, everyone remembers his Game 6 homerun against the Braves, and my perspective on him is a little odd being an A's fan. The Twins were their biggest rival during the late 80's and early 90's in what was really a great, forgotten rivalry. Naturally I couldn't stand the Twins or Puckett and I would dread the A's every trip to the Metrodome.   So in an attempt to do some sort of "memory" post I figured I'd go to retrosheet.org and scan Puckett's daily lines and pick out some of his great games.   May 8, 1984 - Twins 5, Angels 0 Puckett's MLB debut where had four hits. He'd hit safely in 19 of his first 20 games.   April 22, 1985 - Twins 9, Mariners 5 Puckett hits his first career homerun off of Matt Young after not hitting one his rookie year, he went 3 for 5 on the day.   July 18, 1986 - Twins 7, Orioles 3 Puckett's first multi-homerun game, leading the game off with a homerun off of Scott McGregor.   August 1, 1986 - Twins 10, A's 1 In the same game where Bert Blyleven gets his 3,000th strikeout, Puckett hits for the cycle getting it with a homerun in the 8th off of Darrel Akerfelds.   August 30, 1987 - Twins 10, Brewers 6 After going 4 for 5 with two homeruns the previous day he follows that up with a 6 for 6 two double, two homeruns performance.   October 24, 1987 - Twins 11, Cardinals 5 Goes for 4 for 4 as the Twins force a Game 7.   May 13, 1989 - Twins 10, Blue Jays 8 Puckett goes 4 for 5, all of his hits are doubles.   June 26, 1989 - Twins 4, A's 3 Puckett goes 3 for 5 and hits a walk off homerun against Todd Burns in the 10th inning.   October 13, 1991 - Twins 8, Blue Jays 5 Went 4 for 5 the previous game, hits a 1st inning homerun off of Tom Candiotti, finishes this game 3 for 5 as the Twins win the ALCS and he wins the series MVP.   October 26, 1991 - Twins 4, Braves 3 Needs no introduction.   August 14, 1992 - Twins 9, Mariners 6 Hits two homeruns, six RBI, includes a grand slam in the 3rd inning off Brian Fisher.   July 13, 1993 - American League 9, National League 3 Wins All-Star game MVP, 2 for 3 with a homerun off Terry Mulholland.   August 15, 1993 - Twins 12, A's 5 Goes 5 for 5 with a two homeruns in the second game of a double header.   August 10, 1994 - Twins 17, Red Sox 7 Matches his career high with seven RBI, which he did against the Red Sox earlier in the season, hitting two homeruns with a grand slam in what would end up being their last game of the '94 season before the strike.   Puckett's Year-by-Year Win Shares   1984: 16 1985: 19 1986: 26 1987: 29 1988: 32 1989: 27 1990: 22 1991: 21 1992: 31 1993: 18 1994: 20 1995: 20  

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HOF Profiles: Travis Fryman

Travis Fryman - Third Baseman   Detroit Tigers 1990-1997 Cleveland Indians 1998-2002   Awards 1992 A.L. Silver Slugger - SS 2000 A.L. Gold Glove - 3B   All-Star Selections: 5 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks None of note   Best Performance July 28, 1993 - New York at Detroit Hit for the cycle (5 for 5, 4 RBI) although in a losing effort against the Yankees.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 2 (582) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 20 (991) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 26.4 (371) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 36.0 (491) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Ken Caminiti, Bret Boone, Vern Stephens, Miguel Tejada, Larry Parrish, Benito Santiago, Doug DeCinces, Gus Bell, Richie Hebner, Bobby Grich   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1990: 8/3.6 1991: 17/4.3 1992: 19/9.0 1993: 28/9.7 1994: 15/6.4 1995: 19/9.4 1996: 17/8.1 1997: 17/7.8 1998: 18/6.6 1999: 7/1.8 2000: 22/6.8 2001: 5/0.1 2002: 7/0.8   Career Win Shares: 198 Career WARP3: 74.4   My Stupid Opinion   He was to be the heir apparent to Alan Trammell at shortstop in Detroit but eventually ended up at hot the corner where he became a very good defensive third baseman. Outside of an outstanding 1993 season at age 24 he never quite became the offensive threat some thought he would be but was a very solid, consistent performer through out the decade. Nagging injuries cut his career short at age 33.

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HOF Profiles: Tony Gwynn & Cal Ripken

Wrapping up the 2007 Hall of Fame Ballot with the two slam dunks on the ballot and barring a major upset the only two who will be elected on Tuesday. Since there is no real suspense in whether or not these two will be elected I figured I'd just group them together. Sure one could argue than one or the other was overrated in their own right and there will of course be those who will leave them off their ballot just to make sure no one ever gets 100% of the vote. But no one can make a legitimate argument that either is not deserving of being a member of the Hall of Fame. Obviously they are easy "yes" votes from me.   Tony Gwynn - Rightfielder   San Diego Padres 1982-2001   Awards 1984 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1986 NL Gold Glove - OF 1986 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1987 NL Gold Glove - OF 1987 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1989 NL Gold Glove - OF 1989 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1990 NL Gold Glove - OF 1991 NL Gold Glove - OF 1994 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1995 NL Silver Slugger - OF 1997 NL Silver Slugger - OF   All-Star Selections: 15 (1984-1987, 1989-1999)   League Leader 1984: Batting Average, Hits 1986: Hits, Runs 1987: Batting Average, Hits 1988: Batting Average 1989: Batting Average, Hits 1994: Batting Average, Hits, OBP 1995: Batting Average, Hits 1996: Batting Average 1997: Batting Average, Hits   Career Ranks AVG: 20th Games: 61st Hits: 18th Runs: 84th 2B: 22nd TB: 50th RC: 41st   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 57 (18) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 155 (78) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 53.9 (57) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 277.5 (13) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 9 (Zack Wheat, Rod Carew, Paul Waner, Wade Boggs, Sam Rice, Roberto Clemente, Heinie Manush, George Silser, Sam Crawford) Other Similar Batters: Vada Pinson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1982: 7/1.8 1983: 10/3.0 1984: 35/10.2 1985: 20/7.3 1986: 29/10.8 1987: 29/12.1 1988: 23/6.6 1989: 30/9.3 1990: 17/6.4 1991: 22/6.7 1992: 18/5.3 1993: 18/6.1 1994: 17/10.0 1995: 23/8.1 1996: 17/4.6 1997: 39/7.9 1998: 19/3.8 1999: 18/3.0 2000: 3/0.6 2001: 4/0.8   Career Win Shares: 398 Career WARP3: 124.3     Cal Ripken - Shortstop   Baltimore Orioles 1981-2001   Awards 1982 AL Rookie of the Year 1983 AL MVP 1983 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1984 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1985 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1986 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1989 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1991 AL MVP 1991 ML Sporting News Player of the Year 1991 AL Gold Glove - SS 1991 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1992 AL Gold Glove - SS 1993 AL Silver Slugger - SS 1994 AL Silver Slugger - SS   All-Star Selections: 19 (1983-2001)   League Leader 1983: Hits, Runs, Doubles, Runs Created 1991: Total Bases   Career Ranks Games: 8th Hits: 14th Runs: 31st 2B: 13th HR: 37th RBI: 20th BB: 61st TB: 13th RC: 30th   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Batting - 19 (112) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 116 (171) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 58.3 (33) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 236.0 (25) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 7 (Dave Winfield, Robin Yount, Al Kaline, Eddie Murray, Carl Yastrzemski, George Brett, Tony Perez) Other Similar Batters: Craig Biggio, Harold Baines, Andre Dawson   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1981: 0/-0.6 1982: 23/8.2 1983: 35/13.9 1984: 37/15.0 1985: 25/10.9 1986: 28/12.5 1987: 20/7.2 1988: 25/9.7 1989: 26/10.1 1990: 20/9.4 1991: 34/17.0 1992: 21/6.8 1993: 17/5.9 1994: 18/7.7 1995: 16/7.5 1996: 22/7.0 1997: 18/5.0 1998: 13/4.6 1999: 12/4.2 2000: 8/3.8 2001: 9/3.4   Career Win Shares: 427 Career WARP3: 169.1

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HOF Profiles: Todd Stottlemyre

Todd Stottlemyre- Starting Pitcher   Toronto Blue Jays 1988-1994 Oakland Athletics 1995 St. Louis Cardinals 1996-1998 Texas Rangers 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks 1999-2002   Awards None   All-Star Selections: None   League Leader None   Career Ranks None of note   Best Performance August 26, 1992 - Toronto at Chicago Carried a no hitter into the 8th inning before a Dan Pasqua double with one out breaks it up. Finished with a complete game, one-hitter.   Hall of Fame Stats   Gray Ink: Pitching - 28 (812) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (582) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 15.0 (716) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Darryl Kile, Woody Williams, Livan Hernandez, Pat Hentgen, Ron Darling, Kevin Tapani, Mike Krukow, Tim Belcher, Pedro Astacio, Mike Hampton   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacment Level (WARP3)   1988: 0/0.0 1989: 6/2.7 1990: 9/4.9 1991: 15/6.0 1992: 7/3.1 1993: 7/3.1 1994: 10/6.2 1995: 10/5.4 1996: 14/5.7 1997: 11/5.3 1998: 14/4.8 1999: 6/2.0 2000: 6/3.0 2002: 0/-0.1   Career Win Shares: 115 Career WARP3: 54.0   My Stupid Opinion   If you look up "Middle of the Rotation Starter" in the dictionary you'll probably see Stottlemyre's face. He's this year's "Why the hell is this guy on the ballot?" winner as there's nothing in his career that stands out. Now he was a better pitcher than Bobby Witt who was on last year's ballot and freakin' Gary DiSarcina was on the 2006 ballot so there have been worse nominees. He did pitch for two World Champions in Toronto (he was out for the season during the D-Backs 2001 run) but in his only World Series start he was shelled, the infamous 15-14 slugfest in Game 4 of the '93 Series.

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HOF Profiles: Tim Raines

Tim Raines - Leftfielder   Montreal Expos 1979-1990, 2001 Chicago White Sox 1991-1995 New York Yankees 1996-1998 Oakland Athletics 1999 Baltimore Orioles 2001 Florida Marlins 2002   Awards 1986 N.L. Silver Slugger - OF 1987 All-Star Game MVP   All-Star Selections: 7 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)   League Leader 1981: Stolen Bases 1982: Stolen Bases 1983: Runs, Stolen Bases 1984: Doubles, Stolen Bases 1986: Batting Average, OBP, Runs Created 1987: Runs   Career Ranks Games: 48th Runs: 46th Hits: 68th TB: 100th BB: 33rd SB: 5th RC: 51st   Best Performance April 18, 1994 - Chicago at Boston Hit three homeruns against the Red Sox.   Hall of Fame Stats Black Ink: Batting - 20 (105) (Average HOFer ≈ 27) Gray Ink: Batting - 114 (176) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 46.8 (91) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 90.0 (175) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: 5 (Lou Brock, Max Carey, Fred Clarke, Harry Hooper, Enos Slaughter) Other Similar Batters: Kenny Lofton, Willie Davis, Jimmy Ryan, Jose Cruz, Julio Franco     Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1979: 0/0.0 1980: 0/0.1 1981: 18/5.6 1982: 21/5.5 1983: 29/9.1 1984: 32/9.0 1985: 36/11.8 1986: 32/9.9 1987: 34/10.3 1988: 19/6.4 1989: 25/8.1 1990: 19/5.1 1991: 19/6.5 1992: 28/10.2 1993: 19/5.9 1994: 14/4.6 1995: 14/4.8 1996: 7/2.1 1997: 9/3.3 1998: 11/3.3 1999: 1/0.6 2001: 3/1.4 2002: 0/0.1   Career Win Shares: 390 Career WARP3: 123.9   My Stupid Opinion   Second greatest lead off hitter of all-time who should be a slam dunk, first ballot Hall of Famer this year but won't be. In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, which was published in 2001 right near the end of Raines' career, James ranked Raines as the 8th best leftfielder of all-time behind Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Jackson, and Al Simmons. You could make a legitimate argument that from 1985 to 1987 Raines was the MVP of the National League each season yet he failed to crack the Top 5 in the writer's vote in those years. Playing his prime years in Montreal and being overshadowed by Henderson certainly hurt the national media's perception of him. Maybe also hurt by that he probably hung around a few years longer than he should have but he'd hardly be the first HOF to do that. The very small sample of writer ballots that have become public are at least semi-encouraging as it appears he'll probably end up on between 30-40% of the ballots which isn't bad for someone the writers don't view as a first ballot HOF.

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HOF Profiles: Shawon Dunston

Shawon Dunston - Shortstop   Chicago Cubs 1985-1995, 1997 San Francisco Giants 1996, 1998, 2001-2002 Pittsburgh Pirates 1997 Cleveland Indians 1998 St. Louis Cardinals 1999, 2000 New York Mets 1999   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 2 (1988, 1990)   League Leader None   Career Ranks None of note   Best Performance June 4, 1989 - Chicago at St. Louis Hit two homeruns and a triple in a rout of the Cardinals.   Hall of Fame Stats Gray Ink: Batting - 6 (1622) (Average HOFer ≈ 144) HOF Standards: Batting - 16.9 (835) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Batting - 14.0 (950) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Batters in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Batters: Jim Fregosi, Juan Samuel, Terry Steinbach, Carlos Baerga, Phil Garner, Greg Gagne, Bill Freehan, Granny Hamner, Hubie Brooks, Daimon Easley   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1985: 8/3.2 1986: 14/4.7 1987: 5/2.2 1988: 13/5.2 1989: 18/6.1 1990: 15/3.6 1991: 14/4.1 1992: 1/0.6 1993: 1/0.2 1994: 8/2.5 1995: 16/4.9 1996: 8/3.4 1997: 11/3.7 1998: 3/0.1 1999: 8/1.8 2000: 4/1.2 2001: 4/1.7 2002: 0/-0.8   Career Win Shares: 151 Career WARP3: 48.3   My Stupid Opinion   Gives Todd Stottlemyre a run for his money for the weakest player on the ballot honors. Decent player in the late 80's and early 90's but back surgery basically wiped out two seasons for him in 1992 and 1993. Had decent power for a shortstop but never saw a pitch he didn't like (.296 career OBP, 203 walks in 6276 plate appearances) and was a mediocre defensive shortstop. He lasted 18 years but the second half of his career was as a utility player and clubs loved his "veteran presence", especially the Giants.

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HOF Profiles: Rod Beck

Only eleven first ballot candidates this year and I already made it known in the Hall of Fame Ballot thread that Tim Raines is the only one deserving to get in, not that that is any great insight. But I'll still run through all eleven newbies but a little different from last year when I was going through the whole ballot and ended each entry with my opinion of whether they'd get my imaginary vote or not. Instead I'll just give "My Stupid Opinion" on each player. Also this year I'll throw in a link to the boxscore of each player's "best" performance, although really I'm not putting that much research into it. For the order of players I'll again go in reverse order of career Win Shares.   Rod Beck - Closer   San Francisco Giants 1991-1997 Chicago Cubs 1998-1999 Boston Red Sox 1999-2001 San Diego Padres 2003-2004   Awards 1994 N.L. Rolaids Relief   All-Star Selections: 3 (1993, 1994, 1997)   League Leader None of note   Career Ranks Games: 78th Saves: 23rd   Best Performance April 18, 1993 - Atlanta at San Francisco Notches five strikeouts in pitching a shutout 9th and 10th (struckout the side) in a 13-12, 11 inning thriller against the Braves.   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 1 (818) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 23 (946) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 13.0 (582) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 63.0 (188) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Jeff Montgomery, Armando Benitez, Robb Nen, Troy Percival, Keith Foulke, Jason Isringhausen, Todd Worrell, Gregg Olson, Tom Henke, Ugueth Urbina   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacment Level (WARP3)   1991: 3/1.2 1992: 16/4.9 1993: 16/5.9 1994: 7/4.2 1995: 7/3.1 1996: 10/4.9 1997: 12/4.5 1998: 13/6.0 1999: 3/1.0 2000: 5/1.7 2001: 7/3.5 2003: 6/4.3 2004: 0/-0.1   Career Win Shares: 105 Career WARP3: 45.1   My Stupid Opinion   Due to his death earlier this year the five year rule was waived for Beck. A fan favorite who will be better known for his appearance and personality than his pitching prowess. A very good closer in his prime but rarely dominate and no where near the elite the closers of all-time. Maybe deserves a special spot in the Hall of Fame for overdosing on cocaine that he snorted off his own baseball card, which I'm pretty sure is the Score 1994 card pictured above.

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HOF Profiles: Robb Nen

Robb Nen - Closer   Texas Rangers 1993 Florida Marlins 1993-1997 San Francisco Giants 1998-2002   Awards None   All-Star Selections: 3 (1998, 1999, 2002)   League Leader 2001: Saves   Career Ranks Saves: 15th   Best Performance October 26, 1997 - Cleveland at Florida In Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, with the Marlins down a run he comes into the top of the 9th with runners at the corners and one out and gets the Marlins out of the jam who then tie the game in the bottom of the inning. He proceeds to strikeout the side in the 10th (Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, David Justice) as the Marlins win the Series in the 11th.   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 3 (541) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 24 (925) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 15.0 (471) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 92.0 (112) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: 1 (Bruce Sutter) Other Similar Pitchers: John Wetteland, Tom Henke, Troy Percival, Jeff Montgomery, Todd Worrell, Armando Benitez, Rod Beck, Ugueth Urbina, Jason Isringhausen   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1993: 0/-0.2 1994: 11/5.4 1995: 8/4.4 1996: 19/6.4 1997: 11/4.1 1998: 19/8.9 1999: 8/4.1 2000: 15/7.5 2001: 14/6.3 2002: 15/7.0   Career Win Shares: 120 Caeer WARP3: 53.9   My Stupid Opinion   Anyone else feeling old by the fact that someone who debuted in 1993 is already on a HOF ballot? Nen's career was cut short by a torn rotator cuff and his last appearance happened to come in the 2002 World Series. He was similar to undeserving HOF closer Bruce Sutter in that they both had short careers but were dominate in their roles while they were active. The big difference between the two is Sutter pitched in the pre-Dennis Eckersley era of closers as he threw 327 1/3 more innings than Nen in only 18 more games pitched. Given that HOF voters are more open to closers getting in now and the "heroic" nature of him pitching in the '02 World Series with his shoulder being mush I wouldn't be surprised if he received the necessary 5% to stay on the ballot.

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HOF Profiles: Jose Rijo

Jose Rijo - Starting Pitcher   New York Yankees 1984 Oakland Athletics 1985-1987 Cincinnati Reds 1988-1995, 2001-2002   Awards 1990 World Series MVP   All-Star Selections: 1 (1994)   League Leader 1991: W/L Pct., WHIP 1993: Strikeouts, K/9   Career Ranks K/9: 34th K/BB: 90th   Best Performance September 25, 1993 - Cincinnati at Colorado Pitched a complete game, one hitter in Mile High Stadium with a Charlie Hayes single in the 2nd being the only hit.   Hall of Fame Stats   Black Ink: Pitching - 9 (250) (Average HOFer ≈ 40) Gray Ink: Pitching - 93 (228) (Average HOFer ≈ 185) HOF Standards: Pitching - 20.0 (289) (Average HOFer ≈ 50) HOF Monitor: Pitching - 28.0 (446) (Likely HOFer > 100)   Similar Pitchers in HOF: None Top 10 Similar Pitchers: Sid Fernandez, Bruce Kison, Gary Peters, Ray Culp, Bob Veale, Bob Ojeda, Mike Scott, Don Wilson, Sonny Siebert, Joe Horlen   Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)   1984: 1/0.8 1985: 4/2.3 1986: 5/2.2 1987: 0/0.0 1988: 15/6.3 1989: 9/3.8 1990: 17/6.4 1991: 17/6.9 1992: 19/7.6 1993: 26/11.5 1994: 11/6.1 1995: 4/1.8 2001: 2/0.3 2002: 2/1.1   Career Win Shares: 132 Career WARP3: 57.1   My Stupid Opinion   This is Rijo's second different appearance on the HOF ballot as he was also on the 2001 ballot (received just one vote) but he made a comeback with the Reds later that year. Very good pitcher in the early 90's including a Cy Young caliber year in 1993 but the 257 innings he pitched that season probably did in him as his elbow was never the same. Ended up having four different Tommy John surgeries so he belongs in the infirmary wing of the HOF.

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