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Athlete of the Month, January 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

last year


James Harden.

Runners-up: Trevor Lawrence, Ndamukong Suh, Tom Brady

One month down, 11 to go in the Race for the 2019 Athlete of the Year.

January-James Harden

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 5)

last group

This is it.  1 spot left in the American League Elite 8.  Winner takes on the 2017 Houston Astros


5. 2018 Astros (lost ALCS-AJ Hinch)
v.
37. 1938 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)

Catcher: Stassi (27) v. Dickey (31) Winner: NYY-Dickey
First Base: Gurriel (34) v. Gehrig (35) Winner: NYY-Gehrig
Second Base: Altuve (28) v. Gordon (23)  Winner: Astros-Altuve
Shortstop: Correa (23) v. Crosetti (27)  Winner: NYY-Crosetti
Third Base: Bregman (24) v. Rolfe (29) Winner: Astros-Bregman
Left Field: Gonzalez (29) v. Selkirk (30)  Winner: Astros-Gonzalez
Center Field: Marisnick (27) v. DiMaggio (23) Winner: NYY-DiMaggio
Right Field: Reddick (31) v. Henrich (25)Winner: NYY-Henrich
DH: Gattis (31) v. Hoag (30) Winner: Hou-Gattis
SP1: Verlander (35) v.  Ruffing (33)  Winner: Hou-Verlander
SP2: Keuchel (30) v. Gomez (29)Winner: NYY-Gomez
SP3: Cole (27) v. Pearson (29)Winner: Hou-Cole
Closer: Rondon (30) v. Murphy (29) Winner: Hou-Rondon
Team Offense: NYY
Team Pitching: Astros

Astros 9 Yankees 8 - Yankees offense against Astros pitching - super, super close; but the Astros just do edge out the Bombers to move into the sweet 16.

The 2018 Houston Astros - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.

117. 1980 Orioles (2nd in AL East-no playoffs-Earl Weaver)
v.
44.  1934 Tigers (lost WS-Mickey Cochrane)

Catcher: Dempsey (30) v. Cochrane (31) Winner: Tigers-Cochrane
First Base: Murray (24) v. Greenberg (23)` Winner: Tigers-Greenberg
Second Base: Dauer (27) v. Gehringer (31) Winner: Tigers-Gehringer
Shortstop: Belanger (36) v. Rogell (28) Winner: Tigers-Rogell
Third Base: DeCinces (29) v. Owen (28) Winner: Orioles-DeCinces
Left Field: Lowenstein (33) v. Goslin (33)  Winner: Tigers-Goslin
Center Field: Bumbry (33) v. White (25) Winner: Orioles-Bumbry
Right Field: Singleton (33) v. Fox (25) Winner: Orioles-Singleton
DH: Crowley (33) v.  Walker (26) Winner: Push
SP1: McGregor (26) v. Bridges (27) Winner: Tigers-Bridges
SP2: Flanagan (28) v. Rowe (24) Winner: Tigers-Rowe
SP3: Stone (32) v. Marberry (35)  Winner: Orioles-Stone
Closer: Stoddard (27) v. Auker (23)  Winner: Tigers-Auker
Team Offense: Tigers
Team Pitching: Push

Tigers 10 Orioles 4 - easy pickings for Detroit, the Tigers move into the sweet 16.

The 1934 Detroit Tigers -one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.



5. 2018 Astros (lost ALCS-AJ Hinch)
v.
44.  1934 Tigers (lost WS-Mickey Cochrane)

Catcher: Stassi (27)  v. Cochrane (31) Winner: Tigers-Cochrane
First Base: Gurriel (34) v. Greenberg (23)` Winner: Tigers-Greenberg
Second Base: Altuve (28)  v. Gehringer (31) Winner: Tigers-Gehringer
Shortstop: Correa (23) v. Rogell (28) Winner: Tigers-Rogell
Third Base: Bregman (24) v. Owen (28) Winner: Astros-Bregman
Left Field: Gonzalez (29) v. Goslin (33)  Winner: Tigers-Goslin
Center Field: Marisnick (27) v. White (25) Winner: Tigers-White
Right Field: Reddick (31)  v. Fox (25) Winner: Astros-Reddick
DH: Gattis (31)v.  Walker (26) Winner: Tigers-Walker
SP1: Verlander (35) v. Bridges (27) Winner: Astros-Verlander
SP2: Keuchel (30) v. Rowe (24) Winner: Tigers-Rowe
SP3: Cole (27) v. Marberry (35)  Winner: Astros-Cole
Closer: Rondon (30) v. Auker (23)  Winner: Tigers-Auker
Team Offense: Tigers

Team Pitching: Astros

Tigers 11 Astros 6 - Detroit's offensive advantage just swarms the Astros and the Tigers claim the last spot in the Elite 8.

The 1934 Detroit Tigers - one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

Tomorrow - we break down the Elite 8 matchups - the tournament reaches the very best teams in AL history.


The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 4)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

last group

One more National League Elite 8 matchup to put together.

4. 1944 Cardinals (won WS)
v.
36. 1949 Dodgers (lost WS)

Catcher: Cooper (29) v. Campanella (27) Winner: Dodgers-Campanella
First Base: Sanders (27) v. Hodges (25)  Winner: Push
Second Base: Verban (28) v. Robinson (30) Winner: Dodgers-Robinson
Shortstop: Marion (27) v. Reese (30) Winner: Dodgers-Reese
Third Base: Kurowski (26) v. Cox (29) StL-Kurowski
Left Field: Litwhiler (27) v. Hermanski (29) Winner: Dodgers-Hermanski
Center Field: Hopp (27) v. Snider (22)  Winner: StL-Hopp
Right Field: Musial (23) v. Furillo (27) Winner: StL-Musial
SP1: Cooper (31) v. Newcombe (23)  Winner: Dodgers-Newcombe
SP2: Lanier (28) v. Roe (33)  Winner: Dodgers-Roe
SP3: Wilks (28) v. Hatten (32)Winner: Cards-Wilks
Closer: Schmidt (28) v. Palica (21)Winner: Dodgers-Palica
Team Offense: StL
Team Pitching: StL

Cards 8 Dodgers 7 - the Cards were way down headed to the totals; they needed to take both totals to advance - and they did.  

The 1944 St Louis Cardinals are one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history

13. 1942 Dodgers (2nd in NL-no playoffs-Leo Durocher)
v.
20. 1953 Dodgers (lost WS-Charlie Dressen)

Catcher: Owen (26) v. Campanella (31)Winner: Brook 1953-Campanella
First Base: Camilli (35) v. Hodges (29)  Winner: Brook 1942-Camilli
Second Base: Herman (32) v. Gilliam (24) Winner: 1953-Gilliam
Shortstop: Reese (23) v. Reese (34)  Winner: Brook 1942-Reese
Third Base: Vaughan (30) v. Cox (33) Winner: 1942-Vaughan
Left Field: Medwick (30) v. Robinson (34) Winner: Brook 1953-Robinson
Center Field: Reiser (23) v. Snider (26) Winner: 1953-Snider
Right Field: Walker (31) v. Furillo (31) Winner: Brook 1953-Furillo
SP1: Higbe (31) v. Erskine (26)Winner: 1953-Erskine
SP2: Wyatt (34) v. Meyer (29) Winner: 1942-Wyatt
SP3: Davis (38) v. Loes (23) Winner: 1942-Davis
Closer: Casey (28) v. Hughes (30) Winner: 1942-Casey
Team Offense: 1953
Team Pitching: 1942

1953  9   1942  8 -- the '53 club's offense overcomes the '42 club's pitching to move on.

The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

4. 1944 Cardinals (won WS-Billy Southworth)
v.
20. 1953 Dodgers (lost WS-Charlie Dressen)

Catcher: Cooper (29) v. Campanella (31)Winner: Dodgers-Campanella
First Base: Sanders (27) v. Hodges (29)  Winner: Dodgers-Hodges
Second Base: Verban (28) v. Gilliam (24) Winner: Dodgers-Gilliam
Shortstop: Marion (27) v. Reese (34) Winner: StL-Marion
Third Base: Kurowski (26) v. Cox (33) StL-Kurowski
Left Field: Litwhiler (27) v. Robinson (34)  Winner: Dodgers-Robinson
Center Field: Hopp (27) v. Snider (26)  Winner: Dodgers-Snider
Right Field: Musial (23) v. Furillo (31) Winner: StL-Musial
SP1: Cooper (31) v. Erskine (26)  Winner: StL-Cooper
SP2: Lanier (28) v. Meyer (29)  Winner: StL-Lanier
SP3: Wilks (28) v. Loes (23) Winner: Cards-Wilks
Closer: Schmidt (28) v. Hughes (30)Winner: Dodgers-Hughes
Team Offense: Brook
Team Pitching: StL

Cards 9 Dodgers 8 - There were 3 Dodger teams in this group, all looking to find a spot in the Elite 8 - but its St Louis who comes through, using their pitching advantage to win the tiebreaker here.

The 1944 St Louis Cardinals - one of the 8 greatest teams in National League history.


The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 4)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

last group

6 American League Teams are in the Elite 8 - one matchup remains, let's see who will fight for the final spots.

125. 2003 Mariners (2nd in AL West-no playoffs-Bob Melvin)
v.
93. 2017 Astros (World Champions-AJ Hinch)


Catcher: Wilson (34) v. McCann (33) Winner: Astros-McCann
First Base: Olerud (34) v. Gurriel (31)  Winner: Mariners-Olerud
Second Base: Boone (34) v. Altuve (27)Winner: Push
Shortstop: Guillen (27) v. Correa (22) Winner: Astros-Correa
Third Base: Cirillo (33) v. Bregman (23) Winner: Astros-Bregman
Left Field: Winn (29) v. Gonzalez (28) Winner: Astros-Gonzalez
Center Field: Cameron (30) v. Springer (27)  Winner: Mariners-Cameron
Right Field: Suzuki (29) v. Reddick (30) Winner: Mariners-Suzuki
DH: Martinez (40) v. Beltran (40) Winner: Mariners-Martinez
SP1: Moyer (40) v. Fiers (27)  Winner: Mariners-Moyer
SP2: Franklin (30) v. Morton (33) Winner: Astros-Morton
SP3: Pineiro (24) v. Keuchel (29) Winner: Astros-Keuchel
Closer: Hasegawa (34) v. Giles (26) Winner: Astros-Giles
Team Offense: Astros
Team Pitching: Mariners

Astros 9 Mariners 7 - they split the position players, they split the totals - but the Astros win the pitching matchups and advance.

The 2017 Houston Astros are one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history

20. 1917 White Sox (World Champions-Pants Rowland)
v
116. 1963 White Sox (2nd in AL - no playoffs-Al Lopez)

Catcher: Schalk (24) v. Martin (26) Winner: 1917 Sox-Schalk
First Base: Gandil (29) v. McCraw (22) Winner: 1917 Sox-Gandil
Second Base: Collins (30) v. Fox (35) Winner: 1917 Sox-Collins
Shortstop: Risberg (22) v. Hansen (25) Winner: 1963-Hansen
Third Base: Weaver (26) v. Ward (25) Winner: 1963 Ward
Left Field: Jackson (29) v. Nicholson (23) Winner:  1917 Sox-Jackson
Center Field: Felsch (25) v. Landis (29) Winner: 1917- Felsch
Right Field: Leibold (25) v. Robinson (27) Winner: 1963-Robinson
SP1: Cicotte (33) v. Peters (26) Winner: 1917 Sox-Cicotte
SP2: Faber (28) v. Herbert (33) Winner: 1963 Sox-Herbert
SP3: Williams (24) v. Pizarro (26) Winner: 1963-Pizarro
Closer: Danforth (27) v. Wilhelm (40)Winner: 1963-Wilhelm
Team Offense: 1963 Sox
Team Pitching: 1917 Sox

1917 9 1963 8 - the '17 club won the position player matchups...but lost the offensive total...the '63 club won the pitching matchups...but lost the pitching total.  It all came out in the wash - dead even and the Not Yet Black Sox Redemption Tour continues in the tiebreaker.

The 1917 Chicago White Sox are one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history..

20. 1917 White Sox (World Champions-Pants Rowland)
v
93. 2017 Astros (World Champions-AJ Hinch)

Catcher: Schalk (24) v.  McCann (33) Winner: 1917 Sox-Schalk
First Base: Gandil (29) v. Gurriel (31) Winner: Astros-Gurriel
Second Base: Collins (30) v. Altuve (27) Winner: Astros-Altuve
Shortstop: Risberg (22) v. Correa (22)Winner: Astros-Correa
Third Base: Weaver (26) v. Bregman (23) Winner: Astros-Bregman
Left Field: Jackson (29) v. Gonzalez (28)Winner:  1917 Sox-Jackson
Center Field: Felsch (25) v. Springer (27)  Winner: Astros-Springer
Right Field: Leibold (25) v. Reddick (30)  Winner: Astros-Reddick
DH: McMullin (25) v. Beltran (40) Winner: Sox-McMullin
SP1: Cicotte (33) v. Fiers (27)  Winner: 1917 Sox-Cicotte
SP2: Faber (28) v. Morton (33) Winner: Astros-Morton
SP3: Williams (24) v. Keuchel (29) Winner: Astros-Keuchel
Closer: Danforth (27) v. Giles (26)Winner: Astros-Giles
Team Offense: Astros
Team Pitching: 1917 Sox

Astros 11 Sox 6 - the redemption tour comes to an end - the 2017 Astros pick up a spot in the final Elite 8 matchup.

The 2017 Houston Astros are one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 6)

Friday, January 18, 2019

last group

The winner of group 6 will play the 2011 Phillies in the Elite 8.

6. 1904 Giants (1st in NL-no playoffs-John McGraw)
v.
38. 1940 Reds (World Champions-Bill McKechnie)


Catcher: Warner (31) v. Lombardi (32)Winner: Reds-Lombardi
First Base: McGann (32) v. McCormick (29) Winner: Reds-McCormick
Second Base: Gilbert (28) v. Frey (29) Winner: Reds-Frey
Shortstop: Dahlen (34) v. Myers (29) Winner: NYG-Dahlen
Third Base: Devlin (24) v. Werber (32) Winner: Push
Left Field: Mertes (31) v. Arnovich (29)  Winner: NYG-Mertes
Center Field: Bresnahan (25) v. Craft (25) Winner: NYG-Bresnahan
Right Field: Browne (28) v. Goodman (31) Winner: Push
SP1: McGinnity (33) v. Walters (31) Winner: NYG-McGinnity
SP2: Mathewson (23) v. Derringer (33)Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP3: Taylor (29) v. Thompson (23) Winner: NYG-Taylor
Closer: Miligan (25) v. Beggs (29) Winner: Reds-Beggs
Team Offense: NYG
Team Pitching: Push

NYG 8 Reds 3 - The Reds just couldn't win many points here; the Giants took the position matchups, the pitching matchups and the offensive total and they easily advance.

The 1904 New York Giants - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history

11. 2016 Cubs (World Champions-Joe Maddon)
v.
43. 2017 Dodgers (lost WS-Dave Roberts)


Catcher: Montero (32) v. Grandal (28)  Winner: LAD-Grandal
First Base: Rizzo (26) v. Bellinger (21) Winner: Chi-Rizzo
Second Base: Zobrist (35) v. Forsythe (30) Winner: Chi-Zobrist
Shortstop: Russell (22) v. Seager (23) Winner: LAD-Seager
Third Base: Bryant (24) v. Turner (32) Winner: Chi-Bryant
Left Field: Szczur (26) v. Taylor (26) Winner: LAD-Taylor
Center Field: Fowler (30) v. Pederson (25)  Winner: Chi-Fowler
Right Field: Heyward (26) v. Puig (26) Winner: LAD-Puig
SP1: Lester (32) v. Kershaw (29) Winner: LAD-Kershaw
SP2: Arrieta (30) v. Wood (26)  Winner: Chi-Arrieta
SP3: Hendricks (26) v. Hill (37) Winner: Chi-Hendricks
Closer: Rondon (28) v. Jansen (29)  Winner: LAD-Jansen
Team Offense: Cubs
Team Pitching: Push

Cubs 8 Dodgers 6 -tied going into the totals, the Cubs win the bats/the arms push and it propels Chicago into the Sweet 16

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history

6. 1904 Giants (1st in NL-no playoffs-John McGraw)
v.
11. 2016 Cubs (World Champions-Joe Maddon)


Catcher: Warner (31) v. Montero (32) Winner: Giants-Warner
First Base: McGann (32) v. Rizzo (26) Winner: Cubs-Rizzo

Second Base: Gilbert (28) v. Zobrist (35) Winner: Cubs-Zobrist
Shortstop: Dahlen (34) v. Russell (22) Winner: NYG-Dahlen
Third Base: Devlin (24) v. Bryant (24)  Winner: Cubs-Bryant
Left Field: Mertes (31) v.  Szczur (26) Winner: NYG-Mertes
Center Field: Bresnahan (25) v.  Fowler (30)Winner: Cubs-Fowler
Right Field: Browne (28) v. Heyward (26) Winner: Giants-Browne
SP1: McGinnity (33) v. Lester (32) Winner: NYG-McGinnity
SP2: Mathewson (23) v. Arrieta (30) Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP3: Taylor (29) v. Hendricks (26)Winner: Cubs-Hendricks
Closer: Miligan (25) v. Rondon (28) Winner: Cubs-Rondon
Team Offense: Cubs
Team Pitching: Cubs

Cubs 10  Giants 6 -- just like the Dodger matchup, Cubs came into the totals tied - and here, they sweep them both to move into the Elite 8 for a matchup against the 2011 Phillies.

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are one of the 8 greatest teams in National League history

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 6)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

last group

The 1929 Philadelphia A's await the winner of Group 6...

123. 1974 A's (World Champions-Alvin Dark)
v.
91. 1990 A's (lost WS-Tony LaRussa)

Catcher: Haney (31) v. Steinbach (28)  Winner: 1990-Steinbach
First Base: Tenace (27) v. McGwire (26) Winner: 1990-McGwire
Second Base: Green (33) v. Gallego (29) Winner: 1990-Gallego
Shortstop: Campaneris (32) v. Weiss (26) Winner: 1974-Campaneris
Third Base: Bando (30) v. Lansford (33)Winner: 1974-Bando
Left Field: Rudi (27) v. Henderson (31) Winner: 1990-Henderson
Center Field: North (26) v. Henderson (31) Winner: 1990-Henderson
Right Field: Jackson (28) v. Canseco (25) Winner: 1974-Jackson
DH: Washington (19) v. Baines (31) Winner: 1974-Washington
SP1: Hunter (28) v. Stewart (33) Winner: 1974-Hunter
SP2: Blue (21) v. Welch (33) Winner: 1974-Blue
SP3: Holtzman (28) v. Sanderson (33) Winner: 1974-Holtzman
Closer: Fingers (27) v. Eckersley (35) Winner: 1990-Eckersley
Team Offense: 1990
Team Pitching: 1974

1974 9 1990 8 - they began as the 123rd seed in the American League and now ride a pitching advantage into the sweet 16

The 1974 Oakland A's - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history

11. 1969 Orioles (lost WS-Earl Weaver)
v.
22. 1998 Astros (lost NLDS-Larry Dierker)

Catcher: Hendricks (28) v. Ausmus (29) Winner: Push
First Base: Powell (27) v. Bagwell (30) Winner: Push
Second Base: Johnson (26) v. Biggio (32) Winner: Astros-Biggio
Shortstop: Belanger (25) v.  Gutierrez (28)Winner: Balt-Belanger
Third Base: Robinson (32) v. Berry (32) Winner: Balt-Robinson
Left Field: Buford (32) v. Alou (31)  Winner: Astros-Alou
Center Field: Blair (25) v. Everett (27)Winner: Orioles-Blair
Right Field: Robinson (33) v. Bell (29)Winner: Orioles-Robinson
SP1: Cuellar (32) v. Lima (25) Winner: Balt-Cuellar
SP2: McNally (26) v. Reynolds (30) Winner: Astros-Reynolds
SP3: Phoebus (27) v. Hampton (25) Winner: Astros-Hampton
Closer: Watt (28) v. Wagner (26)Winner: Astros-Wagner
Team Offense: Orioles
Team Pitching: Astros

Orioles 8 Astros 7 - It went to the tiebreak - Baltimore's bats proved the stronger advantage and the Orioles move to the sweet 16.

The 1969 Baltimore Orioles - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.

11. 1969 Orioles (lost WS-Earl Weaver)
v.
123. 1974 A's (World Champions-Alvin Dark)


Catcher: Hendricks (28) v. Haney (31)  Winner: Orioles-Hendricks
First Base: Powell (27) v. Tenace (27) Winner: Orioles-Powell
Second Base: Johnson (26) v. Green (33) Winner: Orioles-Johnson
Shortstop: Belanger (25) v. Campaneris (32) Winner: A's-Campaneris
Third Base: Robinson (32) v. Bando (30) Winner: Push
Left Field: Buford (32) v.  Rudi (27)  Winner: Push
Center Field: Blair (25) v. North (26) Winner: Orioles-Blair
Right Field: Robinson (33) v. Jackson (28) Winner: Orioles-Robinson
DH: Etchebarren (26) v. Washington (19) Winner: Orioles-Etchebarren
SP1: Cuellar (32) v. Hunter (28) Winner: A's-Hunter
SP2: McNally (26) v. Blue (21) Winner: A's-Blue
SP3: Phoebus (27) v.  Holtzman (28) Winner: A's-Holtzman
Closer: Watt (28) v. Fingers (27) Winner: A's-Fingers
Team Offense: Orioles

Team Pitching: Push

Orioles 8 A's 5 - Once again, Baltimore's bats proved too much - and now 2 of Earl Weaver's Orioles teams have made the elite 8

The 1969 Baltimore Orioles are one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 3)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


last group

Half the NL elite 8 is set - let's see how the other half of the bracket starts to shape up:

3. 1909 Cubs (2nd in NL-no playoffs-Frank Chance)
v.
35. 2011 Phillies (lost NLDS-Charlie Manuel)


Catcher: Archer (26) v. Ruiz (32)  Winner: Phils-Ruiz
First Base: Chance (32) v. Howard (31) Winner: Push
Second Base: Evers (27) v. Utley (24)  Winner: Chi-Evers
Shortstop: Tinker (28) v. Rollins (32) Winner: Chi-Tinker
Third Base: Steinfeldt (33) v. Polanco (35)Winner: Chi-Steinfeldt
Left Field: Sheckard (30) v. Ibanez (39)  Winner: Chi-Sheckard
Center Field: Hofman (26) v. Victorino (30)Winner: Phils-Victorino
Right Field: Schulte (26) v. Pence (28) Winner: Phils-Pence
SP1: Brown (32) v. Halladay (34)  Winner: Phils-Halladay
SP2: Overall (28) v. Lee (32)  Winner: Phils-Lee
SP3: Reulbach (26) v. Hamels (27)Winner: Phils-Hamels
Closer: Hagerman (23) v. Madson (30)  Winner: Phils-Madson
Team Offense: Chi
Team Pitching: Phils

Phils 9 Cubs 6 - tremendous pitching battle here; there aren't too many teams in the tournament that could win the pitching battle against these Cubs - the the Phils swept them and that moves them into the Round of 32. 

The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history

115. 2013 Braves (lost NLDS-Fredi Gonzalez)
v. 
19. 1998 Braves (lost NLCS-Bobby Cox)

Catcher: McCann (29) v. Lopez (27) Winner: 1998-Lopez
First Base: Freeman (33) v. Galarraga (37)  Winner: 2013-Freeman
Second Base: Uggla (33) v. Graffanino (26)Winner: Push
Shortstop: Simmons (23) v. Weiss (34) Winner: 2013-Simmons
Third Base: Johnson (28) v. Jones (26) Winner: 1998-Jones
Left Field: Upton (25) v. Klesko (27) Winner: 2013-Upton
Center Field: Upton (28) v. Jones (21)  Winner: 1998-Jones
Right Field: Heyward (23) v. Tucker (27) Winner: 2013-Heyward
SP1: Minor (25) v. Maddux (32)Winner: 1998-Maddux
SP2: Medlen (27) v. Glavine (32) Winner: 1998-Glavine
SP3: Teheran (22) v. Neagle (29)Winner: 2013-Teheran
Closer: Kimbrel (25) v. Ligtenberg (27)Winner: 2013-Kimbrel
Team Offense: 1998
Team Pitching: 1998

1998 9 2013 6 - The '13 team was able to split the pitching matchups and that gave them a lead headed to the totals - but the '98 squad takes them both and moves on.

The 1998 Atlanta Braves - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

19. 1998 Braves (lost NLCS-Bobby Cox)
v.
35. 2011 Phillies (lost NLDS-Charlie Manuel)


Catcher: Lopez (27) v. Ruiz (32)  Winner: Braves-Lopez

First Base: Galarraga (37)  v. Howard (31) Winner: Braves-Galarraga
Second Base: Graffanino (26) v. Utley (24)  Winner: Phils-Utley
Shortstop: Weiss (34)v. Rollins (32) Winner: Phils-Rollins
Third Base: Jones (26) v. Polanco (35)Winner: Braves-Jones
Left Field: Klesko (27) v. Ibanez (39)  Winner: Braves-Klesko
Center Field: Jones (21) v. Victorino (30)Winner: Braves-Jones
Right Field: Tucker (27)  v. Pence (28) Winner: Phils-Pence
SP1: Maddux (32) v. Halladay (34)  Winner: Phils-Halladay
SP2: Glavine (32)v. Lee (32)  Winner: Phils-Lee
SP3: Neagle (29) v. Hamels (27)Winner: Phils-Hamels
Closer: Ligtenberg (27) v. Madson (30)  Winner: Phils-Madson
Team Offense: Atl
Team Pitching: Phils

Phillies 9 Braves 7 - The Braves have a Hall of Fame pitching staff -- and they got clean swept by the Phillies, who ride that into the Elite 8

The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies are one of the 8 greatest teams in National League history.

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 3)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

last group

Half the Elite 8 for the AL is set.  Let's start working on the other half with Group 3.


3. 1942 Yankees (lost WS-Joe McCarthy)
v.
30. 1932 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)


Catcher: Dickey (35) v. Dickey (25) Winner: Yankees 32-Dickey
First Base: Hassett (30) v. Gehrig (29)  Winner: Yankees 32-Gehrig
Second Base: Gordon (27) v. Lazzeri (28)Winner: NYY 42-Gordon
Shortstop: Rizzuto (24) v. Crosetti (21)  Winner: NYY 42-Rizzuto
Third Base: Crosetti  (31) v. Sewell (33) Winner: NYY 32-Sewell
Left Field: Keller (25) v. Chapman (23)Winner: NYY 42-Keller
Center Field: DiMaggio (27) v. Combs (33) Winner: NYY 42-DiMaggio
Right Field: Henrich (29) v. Ruth (37) Winner: NYY 32-Ruth
SP1: Bonham (28) v. Gomez (23) Winner: NYY 42-Bonham
SP2: Chandler (34) v. Ruffing (27) Winner: NYY 32-Ruffing
SP3: Ruffing (37) v.  Pipgras (32) Winner: NYY 42-Ruffing
Closer: Murphy (33) v. Brown (25)Winner: NYY 32-Brown
Team Offense: 1932

Team Pitching: 1932

1932 10  1942  6 --- tied through the matchups; and really tied - both the position players and the pitchers were flat footed ties - but the '32 team narrowly (and I mean, narrowly) wins both of the totals and they pull the upset.

The 1932 New York Yankees - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history

14. 1929 A's (World Champions)
v.
83. 1985 Blue Jays (lost ALCS)

Catcher: Cochrane (26) v. Whitt (33)Winner: Phil-Cochrane
First Base: Foxx (21) v. Upshaw(28)  Winner: Phil-Foxx
Second Base: Bishop (29) v. Garcia (28) Winner: Phil-Bishop
Shortstop: Dykes (32) v. Fernandez (23) Winner: Tor-Fernandez
Third Base: Hale (32) v. Iorg (30)  Winner: Tor-Iorg
Left Field: Simmons (27) v. Bell (25) Winner: Phil-Simmons
Center Field: Haas (25) v. Moseby (25) Winner: Tor-Moseby
Right Field: Miller (34) v. Barfield (25) Winner: Tor-Barfield
DH Boley (32) v. Burroughs (34) Winner: Tor: Burroughs
SP1: Grove (29) v. Stieb (27) Winner: Phi-Grove
SP2: Walberg (32) v. Alexander (34) Winner: Tor-Alexander
SP3: Earnshaw (29) v. Key (24)  Winner: Push
Closer: Shores (25) v. Caudill (28) Winner: Phi-Shores
Team Offense: Phi
Team Pitching: Phi

A's 10 Jays 6 - remember the game we just had?  Tied headed into the totals, but then one side won both titles by just a little bit?  Same.  

The 1929 Philadelphia A's - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.


14. 1929 A's (World Champions)

v.

30. 1932 Yankees (World Champions-Joe McCarthy)

Catcher: Cochrane (26) vDickey (25)  Winner: Phil-Cochrane
First Base: Foxx (21) v. Gehrig (29)   Winner: Push
Second Base: Bishop (29) v. Lazzeri (28)Winner: NYY-Lazzeri
Shortstop: Dykes (32) v. Crosetti (21)  Winner: Phi-Dykes
Third Base: Hale (32) v. Sewell (33)  Winner: NYY-Sewell
Left Field: Simmons (27) v. Chapman (23) Winner: Phil-Simmons
Center Field: Haas (25) v. Combs (33)Winner: NYY-Combs
Right Field: Miller (34) v. Ruth (37) Winner: NYY-Ruth
SP1: Grove (29) v. Gomez (23) Winner: Phi-Grove
SP2: Walberg (32) v.  Ruffing (27) Winner: NYY-Ruffing
SP3: Earnshaw (29) v. Pipgras (32)  Winner: Phi-Earnshaw
Closer: Shores (25) v. Brown (25)Winner: Phi-Shores
Team Offense: NYY
Team Pitching: Phi

A's 8 Yankees 7 - The A's ride a pitching advantage to a narrow win and they move forward to the Elite 8.

The 1929 Philadelphia A's are one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (NL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 7)

Monday, January 14, 2019

last group

The '75 Reds await the winner of Group 7 - who will join them in the Elite 8?


7. 1909 Pirates (World Champions-Fred Clarke)
v.
103. 1958 Braves (lost WS-Fred Haney)

Catcher: Gibson (28) v. Crandall (28)Winner: Pirates:Gibson

First Base: Abstein (26) v. Torre (26) Winner: Mil-Torre
Second Base: Miller (22) v.Schoendienst (35) Winner: Pit-Miller
Shortstop: Wagner (35) v. Logan (32) Winner: Pit-Wagner
Third Base: Barbeau (27) v. Mathews (26) Winner: Mil-Mathews
Left Field: Clarke (36) v. Covington (26) Winner: Pit-Clarke
Center Field: Leach (31) v. Bruton (32)Winner: Pit-Leach
Right Field: Wilson (25) v. Aaron (24) Winner: Mil-Aaron
SP1: Willis (33) v. Spahn (37) Winner: Mil-Spahn
SP2: Camnitz (27) v. Burdette (31) Winner: Pirates-Camnitz
SP3: Maddox (22) v. Rush (32) Winner: Push
Closer: Adams (27) v. McMahon (28) Winner: Pit-Adams
Team Offense: Pirates
Team Pitching: Pirates

Pirates 11 Braves 4 - form holds, the Pirates control both offense and pitching and move to the sweet 16.

The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

10. 1907 Cubs (World Champions-Frank Chance)
v. 
23. 1911 Giants (lost WS-John McGraw)


Catcher: Kling (31) v. Meyers (30) Winner: Chi-Kling

First Base: Chance (30) v. Merkle (22)Winner: Chi-Chance
Second Base: Evers (25) v. Doyle (24) Winner: Push
Shortstop: Tinker (26) v. Fletcher (26) Winner: NYG-Fletcher
Third Base: Steinfeldt (31) v. Devlin (31) Winner: Chi-Steinfeldt
Left Field: Sheckard (28) v. Devore (23) Winner: Push
Center Field: Slagle (33) v. Snodgrass (23)Winner: NYG-Snodgrass
Right Field: Schulte (24) v. Murray (27)Winner: Chi-Schulte
SP1: Overall (26) v. Mathewson (30)  Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP2: Brown (30) v. Marquard (24) Winner: NYG-Marquard
SP3: Lundgren (27) v. Ames (28) Winner: Chi-Lundgren
Closer: Taylor (33) v. Crandall (23) Winner: NYG-Crandall
Team Offense: NYG
Team Pitching: NYG

Giants 9 Cubs 5 - Tied coming into the totals -- but the Giants took them both to move to the Sweet 16.

The 1911 New York Giants - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.


7. 1909 Pirates (World Champions-Fred Clarke)
v.
23. 1911 Giants (lost WS-John McGraw)


Catcher: Gibson (28) v. Meyers (30)Winner: Pirates:Gibson

First Base: Abstein (26) v. Merkle (22)Winner: NYG-Merkle
Second Base: Miller (22) v.Doyle (24)Winner: NYG-Doyle
Shortstop: Wagner (35) v. Fletcher (26)Winner: Pit-Wagner
Third Base: Barbeau (27) v.  Devlin (31) Winner: NYG-Devlin
Left Field: Clarke (36) v.  Devore (23) Winner: Pit-Clarke
Center Field: Leach (31) v. Snodgrass (23)Winner: NYG-Snodgrass
Right Field: Wilson (25) v. Murray (27)Winner: Pit-Wilson
SP1: Willis (33) v. Mathewson (30) Winner: NYG-Mathewson
SP2: Camnitz (27) v.  Marquard (24) Winner: Push
SP3: Maddox (22) v. Ames (28) Winner: NYG-Ames
Closer: Adams (27) v. Crandall (23) Winner: Pit-Adams
Team Offense: Pirates
Team Pitching: NYG

Giants 8 Pirates 7 - Oh, son - McGraw and Mathewson do it again; the Giants ride a pitching advantage to stick their second team into the elite 8.

The 1911 New York Giants - one of the 16 greatest teams in National League history.

The National League Elite 8 is halfway complete - and you're going to see the same game twice, offense v. defense: 

1976 Reds
1905 Giants
1975 Reds
1911 Giants



The Greatest MLB Tournament Ever Created (AL, Round of 32/Sweet 16 Group 7)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

last group

The 1927 Yankees await the winner of Group  7 - who will emerge to face them?


26. 1971 Orioles (lost WS-Earl Weaver)
v.
71. 1975 A's (lost ALCS-Al Dark)

Catcher: Hendricks (30) v. Tenace (28) Winner: A's-Tenace
First Base: Powell (29) v. Rudi (28) Winner: A's-Rudi
Second Base: Johnson (28) v. Garner (26) Winner: Orioles-Johnson
Shortstop: Belanger (27) v. Campaneris (33) Winner: Orioles-Belanger
Third Base: Robinson (34) v. Bando (31) Winner: Orioles-Robinson
Left Field: Buford (34) v. Washington (20)Winner: Orioles-Buford
Center Field: Blair (27) v. North (27) Winner: A's-North
Right Field: Robinson (35) v. Jackson (29) Winner: A's-Jackson
DH: Rettenmund (28) v. Williams (37) Winner: Orioles-Rettenmund
SP1: Cuellar (34) v. Blue (25)  Winner: A's-Blue
SP2: Dobson (29) v. Holtzman (29)Winner: Orioles-Dobson
SP3: Palmer (25) v. Bosman(31)Winner: Orioles-Palmer
Closer: Watt (30) v. Fingers (28) Winner: A's-Fingers
Team Offense: Orioles
Team Pitching: A's

Orioles 9 A's 8 - Oakland came in seeded 71st and just missed the Sweet 16; one more matchup win would have gotten them home.  As it is - Orioles bats carry the day and they move forward.

The 1971 Baltimore Orioles - one of the 16 greatest teams in American League history.

106. 1985 Yankees (2nd in AL East-no playoffs-Yogi Berra)
v.
55. 1920 Indians (World Champions-Tris Speaker)

Catcher: Wynegar (29) v. O'Neill (28) Winner: Cle-O'Neill
First Base: Mattingly (24) v. Johnston (32)Winner: NYY-Mattingly
Second Base: Randolph (30) v. Wambsganss (26) Winner: NYY-Randolph
Shortstop: Meachem (24) v. Chapman (29) Winner: Cle-Chapman
Third Base: Pagliarulo (25) v. Gardner (34) Winner: Cle-Gardner
Left Field: Griffey (35) v. Jamieson (27)  Winner: NYY-Griffey
Center Field: Henderson (26) v. Speaker (32)  Winner: NYY-Henderson
Right Field: Winfield (33) v. Smith (27) Winner: Cle-Smith
DH: Baylor (36) v. Evans (25) Winner: Cle-Evans
SP1: Guidry (34) v. Bagby (30) Winner: Cle-Bagby
SP2: Niekro (46) v. Coveleski (30) Winner: Cle-Coveleski
SP3: Cowley (26) v. Caldwell (32) Winner: Cle-Caldwell
Closer: Righetti (26) v. Uhle (21)Winner: NYY-Righetti
Team Offense: Yankees
Team Pitching: Indians

Indians 10 Yankees 7 - Narrow wins in RF/DH plus nearly every pitching point carry the Tribe into the Sweet 16

The 1920 Cleveland Indians - one of the 16 Greatest Teams in American League history

26. 1971 Orioles (lost WS-Earl Weaver)
v.
55. 1920 Indians (World Champions-Tris Speaker)

Catcher: Hendricks (30) v. O'Neill (28) Winner: Indians-O'Neill
First Base: Powell (29) v. Johnston (32) Winner: Orioles-Powell
Second Base: Johnson (28) v. Wambsganss (26)  Winner: Orioles-Johnson
Shortstop: Belanger (27) v. Chapman (29) Winner: Orioles-Belanger
Third Base: Robinson (34) v. Gardner (34) Winner: Orioles-Robinson
Left Field: Buford (34) v. Jamieson (27) Winner: Orioles-Buford
Center Field: Blair (27) v. Speaker (32) Winner: Indians-Speaker
Right Field: Robinson (35) v. Smith (27) Winner: Indians-Smith
DH: Rettenmund (28) v. Evans (25)  Winner: Orioles-Rettenmund
SP1: Cuellar (34) v. Bagby (30)  Winner: Indians-Bagby
SP2: Dobson (29) v. Coveleski (30)Winner: Indians-Coveleski
SP3: Palmer (25) v. Caldwell (32)Winner: Orioles-Palmer
Closer: Watt (30) v. Uhle (21) Winner: Orioles-Watt
Team Offense: Orioles
Team Pitching: Indians

Orioles 10 Indians 7 - Baltimore gets enough out of their pitching to add to their strong bats and make their way into the Elite 8.


The 1971 Baltimore Orioles - one of the 8 greatest teams in American League history.

Half of the AL Elite 8 is set:

1939 Yankees
1998 Yankees
1927 Yankees
1971 Orioles

Back to the NL - lets add one more team to its Elite 8.  

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