Biggest World Series Upsets

As upsets go in sports, baseball has long been known for its parity. Major League Baseball plays a season double the length of its closest rival the NBA. With 164 games spread across seven months, baseball enthusiasts appreciate that any team can beat another on any given day. However, when it turns October and its playoffs season, the landscape for upsets changes.

Short, five-game series have been known to produce an occasional win by the underdog. More often than not though, the best teams earn the right to move on. The ultimate stage for the MLB in the World Series. A seven-game slugfest, back and forth until one team wins the fourth game. Over the history of baseball, there have been a few times where the underdog prevailed.

The Unlikely Senators – 1924

The Senators, with abysmal recent history, went head-to-head with a team making its fourth consecutive appearance in the fall classic. Oddsmakers had the New York Giants as overwhelming favorites. Most felt that New York would potentially sweep the Senators.

This was not the case. New York would struggle during the middle games of the series. One win away from their third title in four tries, the Giants would ultimately be unable to close during game six. Washington would win during game seven and upset John McGraw’s highly-favored Giants.

Cincinnati Has a Bash – 1990

In 1990, there hadn’t been a World Series upset for over two decades. There wasn’t anyone who thought the Reds would change that trend against the Oakland A’s. Oakland had the charismatic Bash Brothers leading a cast of superstars.

In fact, the A’s were one of the top favorites in years; some fans projected a four-game sweep. It turned into a sweep alright, but for the underdog. Cincinnati was backed by an elite bullpen including a trio of relief pitchers known as the Nasty Boys.

They made the highest scoring team in the league that year look like befuddled little leaguers. Cincinnati’s pitching allowed Oakland a total of eight runs in four games, four of those in a 10-inning game. As heavily favored as Oakland was, the 1990 upset is deemed the biggest in World Series history.

Over the years there have been other World Series upsets. The young Florida Marlins franchise took out the legendary New York Yankees in 2003. Baseball purists will never forget how Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski shocked the world with his ninth-inning walk-off home run in 1960.

The New York Mets defeat of the Baltimore Orioles in 1969 was considered an upset. However, the Mets actually won 100 games during that regular season. There have been a handful of World Series upsets out of the more than 100 Fall Classics. The improbable turnaround season of the 1924 Senators and the Reds stymieing of the 1990 Oakland A’s have to be two of the most memorable.

Originally posted on franklobue.net 

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Best Pitchers in The 90’s

The 1990s saw some great pitchers in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game pitched in this era. There will always be arguments and discussions as to which pitchers were the best and in what order. However, in the era of the 1990s, these five pitchers stand out.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians before moving to the Boston Red Sox. While a good starting pitcher who pitched a no-hitter, Eckersley achieved his pitching fame as a relief pitcher.

During his time with the Oakland A’s in the late 80 through the mid-90s, Eckersley had great numbers. In 1992, he won the Cy Young Award and League MVP. He was named to the All-Time MLB Team roster.

David Cone

David Cone played his career with several teams most notably with the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees. He was a dominating pitcher who won 20 games on two occasions. Cone was a Cy Young winner who had a great career ERA.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was an imposing presence on the mound. His nickname was the “Big Unit”. During the 90s, Johnson played for Seattle most of the time. He led the league with the lowest ERA twice in the 90s, and he was the strikeout leader for four years in a row. He won the Cy Young Award twice in the 90s, and he won the award five times in his career.

In the 2000s, Johnson would continue his great career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would retire with over 300 wins.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations ever when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Greg Maddux won 355 games in his career, and he won the Cy Young Award four times in the 90s. He was a great fielding pitcher winning 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Roger Clemens

Clemens had notable years with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time strikeout winner.

Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 wins. He was on two World Series Championship teams, and he was voted to the MLB All-Century Team.

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Unbreakable Baseball Records

Some records you just can’t break. Baseball has a wide variety of records that some people consider to be unbreakable. The evolvement of baseball has led to some of these records to be increasingly difficult to break. Listed, are some records and their record holders that baseball professionals and analysts consider to be unbreakable.

 

Career Wins – 511 – Cy Young

 

Cy Young holds the record for most career wins for a single player. His long career spans over twenty seasons with five of them having thirty wins and the other fifteen having twenty. No other player has come relatively close to the record that Cy Young has set with career wins.

 

Completed Games In A Season – 75 – Will White

 

In 1879, before the modern era of baseball Will White set the record for most completed games in a season at 75. Evaluating this record and adjusting the number to begin the live-ball era in 1920, the record is still considered to be unbreakable.

 

Most Consecutive No-Hitters – 2 – Johnny Vander Meer

 

Considered to be the most unbreakable of all baseball records is the consecutive no-hitter record. Set by Johnny Vander Meer on June 11th and June 15th. The thought of throwing three consecutive no-hitters is regarded as almost unfathomable. The closest a pitcher has come to throwing two consecutive no-hitters was Max Scherzer in 2015. Scherzer, unfortunately, was stripped away of the chance in the seventh inning of the second game.

 

Most Career Strikeouts – 5,714 – Nolan Ryan

 

Over Nolan Ryan’s career from 1966-1993, he threw six 300 strikeout seasons and an additional fifteen 200 strikeout seasons. To accomplish this feat, Ryan completed twenty-seven seasons total, setting the record for most seasons played in Major League Baseball. Since 2002 there have only been two pitchers that have surpassed the 300 strikeout season mark. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale are the only two pitchers to throw 300 strikeout seasons since 2002.

 

Most Career Hits – 4,256 – Pete Rose

 

Pete Rose has led Major League Baseball as most career hits from 1963 to 1986. The only person to have surpassed his record was Ichiro Suzuki with 4,358. Unfortunately, 1,278 of those hits were recorded in the Japanese major leagues which do not count towards the MLB total. One player named Miguel Cabrera has potential to break Rose’s record. Cabrera currently stands at 2,636 hits in his fifteen season career at age 34. If all goes well, Cabrera may be able to break the most career hits record.

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