Comments on: Bloops: Best Post-Season Series Of All-Time This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: ksw Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:12:15 +0000 very interesting article.
a quick non-quant analysis of how good a series was:
if, after being drained by the tension & excitement of it, one gasps, "boy, am i glad that i wasn't rooting for either team".
the 1980 & '86 nlcs were exhausting to watch, and i didn't care who triumphed/survived.
the 1972 alcs, ehh. interesting because of the contretemps, but detroit being there was a bit tainted.
'95 seattle's last four weeks rates with the cards' & devil rays' '11.
thanks for writing,

By: Andrew Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:59:50 +0000 Folks, I'm only thinking of what happened 25 years ago TODAY-"little roller up along first, beHIND THE BAG! IT GETS THROUGH BUCKNER! HERE COMES KNIGHT AND THE METS WIN IT!"

(as called by Vin Scully on NBC-ironic that with all of his call of great Dodger moments since 1950, THIS will be the call most people remember him for)

By: Hub Kid Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:58:08 +0000 33- Cabriael What do Japanese umpires do differently? Would they, for example, be likely to recant a blown call that spoiled a perfect game?

I am fascinated by NPB, and can totally believe that umpiring is, perhaps, less based on the infallible, irreversible judgment of one person. Is it something like that that is different?

By: Hub Kid Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:54:16 +0000 Great article, Chris J., and kudos for answering questions about it both here and on Hardball Times. Not only that, but updating the article in your posts, too.

I can see how the formula can measure certain amounts of excitement (walk-offs, tie games, low scoreing) but obviously can't measure the subjective factors that make a series additionally exciting for fans. This Top 20 could be a neutral baseline to which people apply their subjective feelings towards, making everyone's list different.

Agreeing with both my own subjectivity and Chris's list, I must say that the 2003 ALCS and 2001 World Series were the most exciting series that have I actually watched myself (on TV).
For the mandatory 'BOX' fan caveat, I only got to see 2004 ALCS secondhand since I was out of the country and 'only' following it online and in the papers.

I'm only a casual baseball fan and not a statistician or writer, but I've spent a good deal of my life formally studying history (without that much to show for it yet, really), and wonder if there is a correlation between the numbers of history buffs, historians, and baseball fans...

By: Cabriael Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:39:16 +0000 1985. Showing how the gangster umpires can mess something up so thoroughly and get away with it.

I think by 2030 umpires would be in Valhalla, like pitchers hitting in American league. Personally I think their proper place is the Staten Island waste dump, or the nuclear core of Fuk-u-sima.

(Incidentally, in Japan umpires don't have that kind of power like the Major Leagues; Japanese baseball has entered, more or less, the 21st century while umpire worshippers in this continent still want to stay in the 19th.)

By: The Original Jimbo Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:23:04 +0000 2001 WS was the best series I ever saw.

By: Bip Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:44:43 +0000 All I could think of is the 2004 ALCS. I thought that the title should have just been awarded to the Red Sox after that.

By: JoshG Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:23:09 +0000 *see where they are ranked

By: JoshG Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:22:17 +0000 Is there a link anywhere to the complete list? I may have missed it, but that would be fun to look at, see where some series that aren't great but where someone might have a personal interest

By: Chris J. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:04:13 +0000 Luis - I'm a history nerd. Gonna teach a three-hour once-a-week course in a little bit (and miss most of tonight's game - so life goes).

Kingturtle - the series with teh most comebacks was the 1995 ALDS between the SEA & NYY. BUT -- that's not quite the question you're asking. The 1995 ALDS had 13 comebacks, but only seven resulted in lead changes.

The most lead changes. I'm gonna mention it in next week's column - "Ranking postseasons, 1995-2011" - but since you've asked, it's the 1997 World Series. 8 lead changes in those ones - all in games the Marlins won.