Comments on: WHAT IF: The Braves never traded Doyle Alexander for John Smoltz? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Cam http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-74150 Sat, 27 Nov 2010 23:06:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-74150 WHAT IF:
Alou had caught the Steve Bartman ball in the 2003 NLCS?

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By: Stats http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72463 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:53:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72463 @ 24

The Dodgers were 11-1 versus the Phillies during the 1983 regular season. In 1988 the Dodgers figured "if it happened to us in '83 it can happen to the Mets this year." All post-season series start at 0-0.

The 1987 late season swoon by the Toronto Blue Jays came about because of injuries to Tony Fernandez and Ernie Whitt. We are still waiting for the first all-birds World Series. One of these Octobers the Cardinals will face off against the Blue Jays or Orioles. It probably will happen sometime this century.

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By: Tom http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72295 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 01:28:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72295 Tiger fan's wouldn't have to hear about it every. single. year. especially at the trading deadline. lol Oh, and I don't rue the trade I feel it was 100% correct.

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By: Larry R. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72218 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:53:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72218 @22

The Mets were 10-1, I believe, against the Dodgers in '88 and we all know how that turned out. Preordaining a winner in the postseason based on regular season stats is a dangerous endeavor.

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By: MikeD http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72169 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 13:31:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72169 @15.Tmckelv Says: I see the dripping sarcasm, but I am not 100% sure why. I guess you feel like Mazzone gets too much credit for John Smoltz's success.
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Actually, it was just meant as a quick joke, nothing more. I did not mean it as a knock on Mazzone. There was a time when Mazzone-love was a little crazy, but I think now it's gone the opposite direction because he didn't turn the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff into five HOFers. His resume speaks for itself.

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By: J. B. Rainsberger http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72102 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:33:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72102 The Jays had beat Minnesota 11-1 in 1987 in the regular season. I don't know whether Stieb and Key would have shut down the Cardinals' running game enough to beat them.

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By: Sid http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72099 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:17:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72099 Smoltz had Mazzone to thank for some of his success, but in the middle of the 1991 season, he saw a sports psychiatrist (I think Jack Llwellwen was his name) to get over some of his mental hang-ups. Before the All-Star break he was 2-10, after meeting regularly with the shrink he goes 13-4.

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By: John Rumierz http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72084 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 01:29:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72084 I worked with John Smoltz' grandfather at Tiger Stadium in 1971, he continually spoke of his infant grandson who would be a great (HoF?) pitcher.
Inasmuch as Smoltz success was so preordained, the trade was a long term disaster for the Tigers.

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By: Paul Drye http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72064 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72064 @Johnny T.: Ward's arm fell off after the one great season he had stepping into Tom Henke's shoes. Biceps tendinitis says Wikipedia, and I remember him being unable to bounce back in spring training after a whole year off.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9134/comment-page-1#comment-72063 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:44:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9134#comment-72063 Duane Ward didn't amount to much

?? He was one of the best relievers in baseball for several years. I don't remember why his career ended so abrupty. I assume he got hurt.

Teams generally don't make these types of trades anymore.

What type, are you referring to veterans-for-prospects? Seems to me they still happen all the time.

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